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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM INTRODUCES GIRLS TO STEAM — TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN HARTSVILLE

“GIRLS UNIVERSITY” — AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM THAT INTRODUCES GIRLS TO STEAM — TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN HARTSVILLE

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

Hartsville, SC – July 30, 2019- Girls University, Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy, is scheduled to open their second location in Hartsville on August 19, 2019. Partnering with the City of Hartsville Parks and Recreation Department, the second location will utilize the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center to continue their mission of introducing girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).  

Girls University’s initiative is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee region to become products of success, not society.  Identifying the need to provide girls with specialized enrichment programming combined with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Recognizing the importance of providing girls with an opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering fields and a chance for success was the brain child behind the academy.

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

Girls University will host a Ribbon Cutting event on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at their location at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center located at 701 W Washington St, Hartsville, SC 29550 at 3:00 p.m.

About Girls University

Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and educate 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 www.girls-university.com or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.

Press Release: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Ashli Smart
843.468.4710 c
ashli@girls-university.com

LOCAL GIRLS ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES WOMEN THROUGH MUSIC, RECOGNITION, AND FELLOWSHIP DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

 “SHINE ON: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN”                                          

“To empower a woman is to empower her children, her family, and her community. The smartest investment we can make is in women. Women must have the freedom and the possibility to decide who they are.” Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Florence, SC – January 4, 2019- Girls University, the Pee Dee’s only all-girls leadership, and STEM educational organization celebrates women history month. This inaugural event takes place Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at the Florence Little Theatre starting at 7:00 p.m.  We invite you to join us for this inaugural event.

March is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history and to empower the next generation of women.   Empowerment opportunities are needed here to enrich the lives of women living and working in the Pee Dee.” As a result of this need, Girls University, in association with Whitney Davis Vocal Studio, is hosting “SHINE ON” A Celebration of Women.

SHINE ON celebrates and highlights three successful women through music, recognition, and fellowship creating an experience that encourages women to “shine on” in our community.   During the event, there will also be a special presentation from Girls University scholars.

With Shine On: A Celebration of Women, not only are we celebrating the performers and honorees onstage, but we are also celebrating the girls that this event is benefiting.    I hope you join us by supporting Shine On: A Celebration of Women and becoming a corporate sponsor of this event,” said Whitney Davis – Shine On Committee Director.  Proceeds from this event will directly benefit Girls University, which inspires young girls to recognize their inner strengths and to define their lives on their own terms.

To purchase tickets, visit www.girls-university.com/shineon or stop by our Florence location at 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence SC 29501. General admission tickets are $20 each and VIP admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets include premium seating and a gift bag with discounts and gifts from local businesses.

About Girls University

Girls University is designed 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 www.girls-university.com or contact our Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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!

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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

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 Rocks

Building up Tomorrow

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Girls University is a place where young intelligent scholarly young girls come to learn all they need to know to determine their own future, and to educate their brains. These young ladies gets the opportunity to learn all kinds of things during their time at Girls University. They learn new ways to love themselves and others. They also gain new knowledge each every time they step through the doors of Girls University whether it’s Math, Science, English, or History they all leave with new knowledge everyday. The motto for Girls University is Inspire, Motivate and Educate. It is not just a motto but it is what make this place the best fit for young girls who wants to become future doctors,lawyers, or nurses. Girls University teach young girls to love themselves and do not be afraid to gain knowledge. With programs like Girls University our generation of girls are choosing their own paths and building their own future. With an amazing staff of young ladies behind the girls they destined for greatness. Girls University a place where education, motivation, and inspiration are the most important. Building up today for tomorrow’s future is what Girls University is all about.

-Summer College Intern 2018, FMU

 

Put a Little Science in it

Shooting for the Stars this summer in Hartsville! (at Coker College)

The summer camp is off to a great start and our scholars have travel to new heights. Our scholars geared up to explore the world of Astronomy and they were not afraid to get those hands dirty while doing it. During this week, Girls University introduced its scholars to the world of stars and machine making. The scholars had the opportunity to learn the solar system, planets, and oxygen in space.

Some of the activities included the scholars making their own galaxies, and also making their own time capsules. The girls used masons jars and popsicle sticks to make it all while taking the opportunity to learn about galaxies. They also learn about mixing chemicals and learning the few ways EXPLOSIONS (safely) can happen. The scholars had the opportunity to make gummy worms dance. Who knew gummy worms had moves? The scholars used their new knowledge on chemical reactions to make the gummy worms dance.
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During this week the competition was on. The scholars had an opportunity to show off their structural engineering skills by splitting into groups and building their own structures.  The goals of these activities was to give the girls knowledge on Engineering, Astronomy, and Science. The girls learned all about teamwork, the engineering design process, and how a shooting star is made. Shooting for the stars is what Girls University is all about.