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16December

Girlstart Announced as Beneficiary of NXP Fundraising Efforts at 2016 Austin Marathon

Nonprofit partnership brings STEM education and impactful afterschool programs to girls in Austin and across the U.S.

Austin, Texas, December 16, 2015 – Today Girlstart, the nonprofit that inspires girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announced it will be the sole beneficiary of funds raised by NXP (formerly Freescale) during the 2016 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by NXP (Feb. 14, 2016). The proceeds will help support Girlstart’s innovative, nationally recognized STEM education programs, such as Girlstart After School, and enable the organization to bring high-quality STEM education to thousands of fourth and fifth-grade girls in Central Texas and communities nationwide.

TWEET: .@NXP giving all funds raised during 2016 @austinmarathon to @Girlstart #STEM #girlsinSTEM #RunAustin 

As the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, NXP’s mission is to work with organizations like Girlstart to further inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields, as well as foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

“We are excited and humbled to partner with NXP and the Austin Marathon,” said Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D., executive director of Girlstart. “Our mission is to inspire young women and get them interested in STEM careers. Thanks to partnerships like NXP, we will be able to continue to expand our reach to thousands of girls in 2016.” 

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20October

Announcing – STEM Uncovered: Telling Our Afterschool Stories

2015 STEM Video Competition Winners

Every day a light goes on in a young person's head as they grasp new concepts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM), all because an afterschool or summer learning program has created a hands-on experience where interests are sparked and passions are fueled. Through support from the Noyce Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation, we are pleased to announce we are one of the winners of the 2015 STEM Uncovered: Telling Our Afterschool Stories video competition.

Girlstart is one of six winners from across the country highlighted for their work in supporting innovative activities and helping their students in identifying with STEM careers. Other winners include the ACE Youth Project (CT), First Robotics Team 4057 (OR), Graduation Generation Zero Robotics (GA), Dimension Learning (NY), and Princeton YWCA (NJ). 

“It was a unique opportunity for afterschool and summer programs to tell us the stories about the difference they are making for kids and their organizations,” said Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation. “Their innovative efforts are sparking kids’ STEM interests and inspiring more youth to consider careers in these fields.”

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15September

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS

NAMES GIRLSTART A “BRIGHT SPOT IN HISPANIC EDUCATION”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Phil West, Orange Cone Agency

512.769.3838, phil.west@orangeconeagency.com

WHITE HOUSE INITIATVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS NAMES GIRLSTART A “BRIGHT SPOT IN HISPANIC EDUCATION”

(AUSTIN) – Today, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced Girlstart was named a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. The designation, given to Girlstart for its investment in key education priorities for Hispanics, is tied to the release of an online national catalog to identity notable Hispanic-serving institutions.

According to the Initiative’s announcement, timed for the commencement of Hispanic Heritage Month, the catalog is being published “to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career.”

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Initiative for the work we’re doing with Latina students throughout the nation,” said Tamara Hudgins, executive director for Girlstart. “Be it our work in Central Texas, our national outreach via the Girlstart ‘to Go’ program, or our expansion of after school programs in Central Texas, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley, it’s been important for us to inspire young Latina students toward futures that involve STEM studies.”

More than 230 organizations across the nation are included in the catalog, reviewable on the Initiative’s website, http://www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative. (You can find Girlstart’s entry via this bitlink: http://1.usa.gov/1LeSWZh)

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10September

GIRLSTART ANNOUNCES 2015 WOMEN IN STEM AWARD HONOREES

TO BE RECOGNIZED AT GAME CHANGERS ANNUAL LUNCHEON ON SEPT. 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT:

Phil West, Orange Cone Agency

512.769.3838, phil.west@orangeconeagency.com

GIRLSTART ANNOUNCES 2015 WOMEN IN STEM AWARD HONOREES, TO BE RECOGNIZED AT GAME CHANGERS ANNUAL LUNCHEON ON SEPT. 23

(AUSTIN) – Girlstart has announced the recipients of its 2015 Women in STEM Awards, honoring women who have distinguished themselves in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and have been inspirational to girls seeking to pursue STEM education and STEM careers.

The award recipients will be honored as part of Game Changers, Girlstart’s annual luncheon event, which takes place this year on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the JW Marriott Hotel (110 E. 2nd), featuring Jacqueline Fuller, director of Google.org (which provides more than $100 million yearly to support tech innovators making transformational impact in areas such as education, development and renewable energy), as this year’s keynote speaker. 

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