After School Alliance

We're so excited that the Afterschool Alliance, the nation's leading advocacy organization dedicated to out of school time, has recently published an article about after school STEM programs. In it, Girlstart is highlighted as one of the nation's leading models for delivering STEM after school. 

It's a great read about the many ways that people and organizations are trying to make more STEM possible in the lives of America's children. Check it out and share it with your friends!

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Donor Spotlight


Today we are highlighting one of our important long-term supporters, 3M. 3M has supported Girlstart since 2008, and we are grateful for all their volunteers’ important contributions! Wendy Benson, Business Director, 3M Electrical Markets Division and Girlstart Board Member, has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. Wendy recently took some time to talk about 3M’s commitment to STEM education for girls.

3M employees Wendy Benson, Sybil Wong, and Rachel Brynsvold led a chemistry
workshop at 2013’s Girls in STEM Conference

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DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza

Saturday, December 7th

Weather Update Posted 12.6.13 @ 1:30pm: DeSTEMber Fest is still scheduled for Saturday, Dec 7th from noon-3:00pm. We will continue to post updates as we monitor the winter storm.

Join Girlstart for a free, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza on Saturday, December 7th from noon to 3:00pm at the Bullock Texas State History Museum! Explore polar bears, seals, reindeer and more Extreme Mammals* characteristics and traits. The whole family will discover the mysteries behind this magical time of year with snowflake chemistry, train construction, fluffy snow and more hands-on fun!

*Museum admission required for Extreme Mammals exhibit.

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Donor Spotlight

The Georgetown Health Foundation

Girlstart's STEM programs are only possible because of the support of our generous community of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors. Today we are highlighting a new foundation partner, the Georgetown Health Foundation, whose support helps Girlstart’s programs in Georgetown reach more than 200 girls each year.

About the Georgetown Health Foundation
Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) supports nonprofit organizations offering a range of safety net services, from primary health care to emergency shelter. The Foundation’s work is grounded in its community’s rich health care history, established with the opening of Georgetown Community Hospital in 1924. The Foundation remains committed to honoring its health care roots by supporting community health promotion, encompassing areas of need not only in health care, but in safety net areas that impact those most vulnerable, with particular emphasis on children and youth.

Girlstart: What drove the Georgetown Health Foundation to invest in STEM education for girls?

GHF: One of GHF’s strategic priorities it to support affordable, quality, out-of-school care. With its after-school programming at nine campuses in Georgetown, Girlstart fit neatly into this category. But Girlstart’s STEM programs also resonate with GHF’s mission of community health promotion, because they invest in young Georgetown minds, and thus, are inherently beneficial to the health of our community.

What message would you tell girls who are thinking about studying STEM subjects or pursuing STEM careers?

GHF: Our society needs great problem-solvers! STEM disciplines help us learn approaches to creative problem solving, and remind us that missteps, mistakes, and even outright failure are part of the learning process.

Thank you, Georgetown Health Foundation!

The Georgetown Health Foundation supports Girlstart’s After School programs in Georgetown, Texas. 

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