Press Release: New Director of STEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 coordinator@girls-university.com. 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 http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

Press Release: New Site Director

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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.

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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 http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights

LOCAL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GIRLS PARTNERS WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO INTRODUCE UNDERSERVED ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS IN THE PEE DEE TO ENGINEERING DURING NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK

“GIRLS UNIVERSITY: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Nights”
MOTIVATE. INSPIRE. EDUCATE.

“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.

Darlington 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
K5- 5TH @ 5:00 PM
6TH – 12TH @ 6:00 PM
DARLINGTON COUNTY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 160 Pinedale Dr, Darlington, SC 29532

Florence
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
6:30 PM
GRADES K5-6TH
Girls University, 1249 CELEBRATION BLVD, FLORENCE SC 29501

Hartsville
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
6:00 PM
GRADES K5-6TH
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 http://www.girls-university.com or contact our Regional Director, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

 

GIRLS UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES PRESCHOOL STEAM ACADEMY

“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 http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Program Director, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.

Press Release: AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE GIRLS “VOICE” OUTLET

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE
TO PROVIDE GIRLS “VOICE” OUTLET 

MOTIVATE. INSPIRE. EDUCATE.

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 www.girls-university.com/girl-talk or www.facebook.com/girls-university

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 www.girls-university.org 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 www.modelingwithamessage.net.

GIRLS EXPLORE ASTRONOMY THROUGH STAR WARS

GIRLS EXPLORE ASTRONOMY THROUGH STAR WARS

Local Girl Scouts learned about astronomy by taking a closer look at the famous movie STAR WARS.  A workshop was held on Friday, September 30th, 2016 to expose young ladies to astronomy and the stars.   This event is part of an on-going initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics and is coordinated by Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University and Lucretia Brunson, Tiny Techz Area Director. The workshop was $15.00 and available to girls grades 4th – 8th.  The event was held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Girls University, 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501.  Dinner was included along with an exclusive STAR WARS STEM night t-shirt.  Eighteen girls participated in the workshop on STEM.

The STAR WARS exploration started under the leadership of Ashli Smart, National Program Director for Girls University.  Girls University is an interactive leadership and enrichment academy for girls who focuses in STEM, STEAM and other activities for girls. Girls introduced themselves and then began to create their own STAR WARS names.  The girls then completed a few SWAPS (Special Whachamacalits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere – a Girl Scout tradition).  Ms. Smart explained how to create their own SWAPS that featured characters from the STAR WARS movie.  Most of the girls created Yoda, an Ewok and/or R2D2.  The night was then turned over to Lucretia Brunson Florence Area Director for Tiny Techz, a local organization that provides innovative STEM education, while preparing youth for the 21st Century. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson engaged the girls with educational information regarding the importance of women in astronomy. Tiny Techz staff and Ms. Brunson completed a hands-on take home activity with the girls, Nebula Jars. Each girl created her own.  The girls were immersed with information about our galaxies and others as well as our solar system. Tiny Techz then connected the projects and information to the movie STAR WARS.

If you know a girl who would benefit from exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics, they may contact the Girls University at 843-468-4710 or Ashli Smart at ashli@girls-university.com.

Girls University is safe, interactive leadership and enrichment academy for all girls that focuses in STEM and STEAM. Visit www.girls-university.com for information on upcoming workshops, birthday parties, special events and more!

 

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO INTRODUCE GIRLS TO STEAM “GIRLS UNIVERSITY”

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Media Contact:
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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO INTRODUCE GIRLS TO STEAM
“GIRLS UNIVERSITY”
MOTIVATE.INSPIRE.EDUCATE.

“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 – September 6th, 2016- Afterschool program launches Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy to introduce girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) “Girls University”.

Girls University initiative is design to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee to become products of success, not society. Identifying the need to provide girls with specialize enrichment programming combine with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Understanding the need to ensure girls have the opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering careers fields and a chance for 21st century success was the brain child behind the academy.

Girls University not only aims to provide quality non-traditional afterschool care, but a place where girls can attend workshops, host birthday parties, receive academic tutoring, mentoring, and access to career speakers.

Girls University will host an Open House on September 12th, 2016 at their location located at 1249 Celebration Blvd, 29501 from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm.

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 scientist, engineer and technologist. The organization’s hours are 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information on Girls University, please visit http://www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart 843.468.4710.