Press Release: New Director of STEM


Florence, SC – Girls University is pleased to announce a new Director of STEM and Specialty Programs, Christina Ellerbe at Girls University. Christina has been with Girls University since 2017.

Ellerbe will work with Girls University Scholars and Staff to help create and facilitate a fun, hands-on learning environment through the use of  STEM Curriculum and other specialty clubs: Girls Tech, Etiquette, Arts & Crafts and Master Chef.

After working with OM Ships International and holding a Public Relations Coordinator position with Keep Florence Beautiful, Christina – Joy’s passion for tinkering and empowering by use of knowledge pointed her in the direction early childhood education. Christina – Joy has worked as a Learning Support Specialist and STEM Enrichment Coordinator for Tiny Techz, a compelling STEM company built on facilitating critical thinking and STEM classes. Due to Christina – Joy’s playful nature it’s a surprise that she holds a BA in Religion, Philosophy, & Political Science.

If you are interested in joining a specialty program, please send us a note at Or join us for our Club Fair on September 7 at 6:30 pm.

Girls University has an amazing group of women, visit our website to learn more about other staff members.

About Girls University

Girls University is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls regardless of race, background and social status about STEM.  We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist.  For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

Press Release: New Site Director


Florence, SC – Girls University is pleased to announce a new Site Director, Melanie Collins at Girls University. Collins is a native of Coward, SC, Melanie has lived in Florence since 1999.

As a wife and mother of two, Melanie is passionate about using her abilities of leadership and organization in serving others. With an Associate’s Degree in Public Service from Florence Darlington Technical College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Francis Marion University, Melanie has a variety of life experiences including volunteer service in the community and being a homeschool mother.

Melanie Collins – Site Director

“This experience provides me a unique perspective in managing the Florence site to fulfilling the mission of Girl’s University, ” Collins commented. In addition, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her local church, and reading.

Girls University has an amazing group of women, visit our website to learn more about other staff members.

About Girls University

Girls University is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls regardless of race, background and social status about STEM.  We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist.  For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

Girls of the Month

We had two Girls Tech “Girls of the Month”! Jaelyn and Jayda warm up to people are participating slowly. However, they learn to overcome that on their own initiative after being encouraged by their team. Now both of them actively engage in projects while they grow and learn to never “Stand in the corner.” Along with the black panther handshakes, the girls know that phrase well. It simply means that opportunities pass the people hiding in the corner.

Congrats to Jaelyn and Jayda!

These are just a few scenes from a mini play the girls put on. For the Women’s History, this group chose to reenact the Rosa Parks scene. Equipped with a camera and a little direction, they were able to catch a few black and white photos to make their scenes more realistic. At Girls University, we take research to a whole new level! No book reports here. XD
(Maddy B’s mom is watching to see if this is posted on social media, she loved it).

The Intern Perspective

Girls University is an amazing facility for young females.  This facility motivates young females to become great career women while building them academically in grade school. The facility prepares the young girls at early ages to decide what career paths they want to choose which eliminates the confusion once they reach high school and enter college.

Girls University motives the young females to believe in themselves .  The facility teaches the young girls they are beautiful no matter what they look like, what others say or the color of their skin; they are all equal. the young girls are taught to respect each other as females and they are team.  Most importantly this facility teaches them how to act and behave like a LADY!

The facility has wonderful employees to help lead each young girl along the way. Each employee has a wonderful attitude and great ambition to play a major part in teach and every young girl’s life. Each employee has a one on one with each girl and they know the good things and the bad things, the likes and dislikes of each young girl.

Not only did this facility motivate the young girls. It motivated me as an intern. Some of the basic things that were being taught to these young girls reassured me as young woman who may sometimes doubt herself or the choices I make that could affect my future. Interning at this site was a ‘bonus deal” and the best choice I could have made. I also learned a lot about myself as well. The things most of these girls learned will also stick with me as I also continue to pave my way into the world as a great career woman!

-Regina P, Intern 2017

GTech Girl of the Month

Happy Engineers’ Week… let’s celebrate by recognizing one of our upcoming STEM ladies…..

Trinity Thomas is GTech Girl of the Month! Trinity showed excitement, bravery, and willingness to do something daring! She (with help) wielded a circular saw during a field trip to the Techno Mancers workshop!


GTech strives to highlight and celebrate when a kid takes initiative, tries new things, and engages her surroundings. Way to go Trinity!

There are plenty more to come! Next stop… Badges! Students will have the ability to earn badges upon completion of a field or experience! The best is yet to come!

Interested in joining our Girls Tech Club? Read more here.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights


“GIRLS UNIVERSITY: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights”

“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”

— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

Florence, SC – January 17, 2018- Girls University, the Pee Dee’s only gender STEM afterschool program launches initiative to connect undeserved elementary and middle school girls to Engineering.

Women are a highly unrepresented in Engineering within the United States. They continue to remain a minority as STEM careers in the United States continue to increase. In 2015, women made up less than one-quarter (24%) of those employed in STEM occupations in the United States. Those numbers reflect a substantial gender gap in engineering and computer occupations especially for women of color. Asian, Black and Latinas women made up slightly less than 10% of working scientists and engineers. In 2016, women in the United States represented on 4.2% of architecture and engineering occupations.

Understanding these numbers are national, we have to create ways on a local level to expose Girls to STEM at an early age. It’s important for Girls University to partner and collaborate with agencies; Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, Darlington Chamber of Commerce, Darlington County Institute of Technology, South Carolina Department of Commerce (Florence Regional Office) and Hartsville YMCA to connect girls to STEM with free engineering workshops during Engineering Week, February 18-24.

K5- 5TH @ 5:00 PM
6TH – 12TH @ 6:00 PM

6:30 PM
Girls University, 1249 CELEBRATION BLVD, FLORENCE SC 29501

6:00 PM
HARTSVILLE YMCA, 111 E Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550

These workshops are designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee about the endless opportunities associated to STEM.


About Girls University
Girls University is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls regardless of race, background and social status about STEM. We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist. For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our Regional Director, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.


Summer Camps


Welcome to Summer Camp 2017!

Girls University camps are centered around improving the well-being of girls. We believe in each girl’s individuality and intentionally focus on three key areas:

We work to create a safe, interactive and hands on environment that allows girls freedom to:
– Learn and master skills that nurture their passions, talents and potential.
– Bond with new friends and positive staff role models to create lasting memories.
– Know they belong so they feel welcome and free to express who they are.

WHAT DO WE OFFER? We offer a number of camps throughout the summer for girls! We have something for every girl, all summer long! You can attend one week or more, all summer.

Locations: Florence SC and Hartsville SC (Coker College)

Day Camps  – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm with full day option available (drop off starts at 7:30 am and 12:30 pm) lunch available in Florence only.

Twilight Camps – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (drop off starts at 6:00 pm)

 Download registration packet and bring it with you — Parent Enrollment Packet 2016-2017- Summer

Ready to register?
Registering for summer camp at Girls U is easy! Select an option below to complete the online registration process or simply reach out to a Girls U staff member anytime during operating hours or stop by 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501 – (843) 407-7937!

To register for girls 5k-6th grade day camps: (Florence)
Eventbrite - Summer Camps for Girls Grades 5K - 6TH

Eventbrite - Summer Camps for HARTSVILLE SC

For questions about the registration process please contact Ashli Smart at | (843) 468-4710


“Mini Miss STEAM Academy”
Motivate. Inspire. Educate. TM 

Florence, SC – January 23, 2017- Afterschool program launches Florence’s first gender-based day academy to introduce pre-schoolers to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) “Girls University”.

Girls University was established to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee.  Identifying the need to provide girls with programming combine with specialized tools, allows for Girls University to create a model of success.  Understanding the shortage of women entering STEAM fields and the numerous career opportunities we decided to launch Girls U Mini Miss STEAM Academy.

Girls University are great supporters of the STEM movement and are always encouraging girls hoping they break out of those stereotypes and dive into fields that have not been historically filled by women. We know it’s not always easy, but we agree with exposure and support to solve the problem and offer more diverse offerings for students at a younger age in order to get all students hooked on science, tech, engineering and math as soon as possible in their education careers.

Girls University will host their grand opening for Mini Miss STEAM Day Academy on February 7th, 2017 at their location located at 1249 Celebration Blvd, 29501 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

About Mini Miss STEAM Academy

Mini Miss STEAM Academy is design to expose scholars ages 3k to 4k science, technology, engineering, arts and math to hands on activities offer twice a week.  We look to motivate girls to become the next video game or app developer, chemist or innovator.  The organization will open its doors with their first weekly sessions in February. For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our National Program Director, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.




Florence, SC – December 27, 2016- After school program for girls partners with Model With A Message and launches the Girls Talk Forum “I AM ME” outlet for girls to express their opinions and extend their voices.

Girls University provides a non traditional approach to after school.  Identifying the need to provide girls with specialize enrichment, workshops, tutoring all combine with a safe haven provides our unique niche to after school.  Our focus is to motivate, inspire and educate girls to become products of success, not society.  We are constantly looking for effective and creative ways to inspire our girls therefore; we decided to partner with Model With A Message to launch “I AM ME” Girls Talk Forum 2017.

Understanding the importance of providing girls opportunities; to voice their concerns, talk about daily problems and openly express themselves is an important mission of both organizations.   “I AM ME” will launch January, 8 2017 at Girls University after school academy located at 1249 Celebration Blvd., Florence, SC 29501.  Sessions are for girls ages 12-18 and run every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Topics change each session and focus on self-esteem, character building, interpesonal skills and goal setting; just to name a few. For more information visit us or

About Girls University

Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and motivate girls in K – 12th grades regardless of race, background and social status.  We look to motivate girls to become the next Community Leader, President or Philanthropist.  Girls University is located at 1249 Celebration Blvd., Florence, SC and it operates Monday – Friday, 2:30pm – 6:00pm.  For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our office, 843.468.4710.

About  Modeling With A Message

Modeling With A Message is a female based platform/brand founded by CEO Kelli Williams. It not only gives women a voice, but highlights the different barriers that women face. These barriers are present in the work place as well as day to day living (discrimination, stereotypes, labeling..etc.).  As a woman we are told that there are things we can’t do, we can’t say, we can’t wear, we can’t want to be or strive for. We are pulled apart, analyzed, labeled and then placed into this box that we are forbidden to ever leave. Modeling With A Message is that ladder for every woman who seeks to leave this box. This ladder represents ones focus on their aspirations and prosperity.  Modeling With A Message was created to encourage females that no matter what life throws at you, it is your duty to fulfill your dreams. Make them happen no matter what adversity is brought your way. For more information on Modeling With A Message, please visit

Black Friday Deals


Black Friday is upon us and we have some extra sweet deals for our friends and family.


After School Academy : $25 weekly tuition until 1/1/17

*for newly enrolled girls only

To enroll in our after school academy, please call our Director of Programs – (843) 468-4710 or email

ALL Winter Camps are 50% off

*for girls not already enrolled

To see what winter camps we have coming up, visit here.  

American Girl Doll, Harry Potter, Knitting, Super Hero and Fashion are all awesome winter camps.


BASIC Birthday Parties are 50% off

*must be used within 90 days

To book a birthday party, visit here.  


All discounts end on 11/27/17 at 12:00 AM. Enrollments can take place after this period, but code must be reference during registration for after school academy or the camps. Must be used within 90 days.