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Girls Inc. Eurekans

By YWCA of Minneapolis
December 1, 2015
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In June 2015, a group of 34 energetic incoming eighth grade girls started the first leg of a powerful program—Girls Inc. Eureka!  This group of “Eurekans”—as they are known—are strong, smart, and bold! The Girls Inc. Eureka! program is an initiative started by Girls Inc. National to expand girls’ involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers.

Girls Inc. Eureka! is a STEM-based approach to engaging and empowering 8th-12th grade girls in a highly supportive cohort model over five years so they see themselves as going to college.  The goal is to support girls, many of whom are first generation college students, in believing in their ability to be successful in college. Then understanding and following the steps that will lead them to becoming vital members of the future workforce.  The program includes STEM education, leadership and personal development, sports and swimming lessons.

Summer programming at the University of Minnesota gave girls the opportunity to be on campus for multiple weeks learning directly from college professors.  Girls received high-level STEM education that introduced exciting new concepts and built awareness of opportunities in STEM. Girls attended labs like Mathematical Biology, which showcased the novel aspect of how mathematics’ has a very real impact on improving people’s lives; Nanotechnology and Neuro biotechnology; and Aerospace w/Rideable Hovercraft.  Yes, the girls were able to experience no-friction motion on a rideable hovercraft and learn how hovercraft training is used to prepare astronauts to live and work in outer space.  In the afternoon, the girls returned to the Midtown YWCA for enrichment courses and swimming lessons.

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Intensive programming takes place over the summer through full-day STEM education on-campus at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in years one and two, followed by internships and college application support in years three through five.

At the same time, the YWCA is working with girls to build leadership skills, confidence, and self-efficacy so that they are also developing a belief in their own ability to overcome barriers and succeed in challenging fields.

To learn more about the YWCA of Minneapolis Girls and Youth program visit the Girls and Youth section of our site.