Academic Support & Mentoring for Underserved Girls

by Girls to Women
Aug 16, 2012

A Place I Love: Summer 2012

g2W Summer Participants at Google Headquarters
g2W Summer Participants at Google Headquarters

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

In late July, we wrapped up yet another successful summer program! Fun-filled as always, the 6-week, all-day summer program served 34 girls in grades K - 8th.  64% are Latina, 12% Pacific-Islander, 18% African-American and 6% Asian-Indian. The summer theme, A Place I Love, was explored in a variety of expressive forms. Each girl delved into the place or places she loves, why she loves those places, and what those places signify. Please continue reading to learn about the summer details.


Art with Judy Gittelsohn: Judy Gittelsohn is an artist from the Bay Area with over 30 years of experience, whose work is presented in places like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery and Art Dimensions. Judy led art activities with the girls to explore our summer theme of A Place I Love. The girls proudly displayed their paintings at the end of summer celebration, and presented the places they love to their families and loved ones.*Throughout the summer, A Place I Love was explored using music, poetry, dance, group discussions, journal writes and creative writing.

Cooking: A popular activity among the girls, the girls participated in cooking workshops once a week. The workshops emphasized healthy eating habits and nutrition. Using produce such as tomatoes and zucchini that they planted and grew themselves, the girls were able to connect their gardening and cooking workshops, while visibly connecting nature and nutrition.

Gardening: Gardening workshops took place twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, for an hour. Led by four women, three of which are Master Gardeners from the San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, these workshops covered topics such as beneficial insects, how plants grow, tracking plant growth, etc. One of the girls’ favorite gardening workshops was the workshop on ladybugs, especially since they were able to physically release the ladybugs into the garden beds (see photo).

Photography: The middle and older girls learned about the basics of photography in the introduction to photography workshops. Girls learned about photography careers, framing, rule of thirds, leading lines, etc. The girls took part in a photography scavenger hunt in which they used digital cameras to take pictures using the photos tips they learned. They then shared the photos with the group and saw how each person takes photos differently based on their perspective.

* See the attached word document for more details on field trips, the NIA girls and the End of Summer Celebration!

g2W participant playing robotic game at Google
g2W participant playing robotic game at Google
Watching ladybugs make their way into the garden
Watching ladybugs make their way into the garden



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Girls to Women

Location: East Palo Alto, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Patrica Foster
Executive Director
East Palo Alto, CA United States

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