Thank you Intel!

on Monday, 13 April 2015.

This March, Girlstart brought hands-on STEM activities to thousands of parents and children at Discovery Green’s Spring Break Week, and Intel volunteers helped to make that happen! Volunteers spent an afternoon cutting cardboard and string to help us prepare for several activities. Thank you for making moon landers, kites, and parachutes possible for Houston families!

2014 Volunteer Highlights

on Friday, 16 January 2015.

2014 was a great year, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of our supporters and volunteers! This past year, Girlstart served over 15,000 kids and families at summer camps, after school programs, and community events. Volunteers donated over 4000 hours and helped prep materials for camps, painted our building, built a shed, entered data and so much more, making it possible to reach these families and communities. Check out some of the volunteer highlights from 2014!

Spooky Extravaganza Volunteers

on Monday, 17 November 2014.

On October 24th, 85 volunteers from all over Austin helped serve over 1000 kids and families at Spooky Extravaganza at the Bullock Texas State History Museum! Volunteers led booth activities such as boo bubbles, candy blood components, skeletons and more. Kids and families came in their costumes ready to enjoy some spooky STEM fun and a great night was had by all. Thank you, volunteers, for making the day possible and fun for the Austin community!

To see more pictures click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40161275@N05/sets/72157649232541625/

3M Volunteer Day at Girlstart

on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

We are so grateful for all the volunteer groups that make Girlstart possible all year long! 

Last Friday (October 17th), twenty volunteers from 3M gave their whole day to help us with some big projects. Thanks to their tireless work, Girlstart now has a new backyard shed (which they build from the ground up). Volunteers also helped get our centerpieces and Mystery Boxes ready for our Annual Game Changers Luncheon, as well as other projects around our building to help make it beautiful. 

Thank you 3M!

NCL Capital of Texas

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

Girlstart kicked off another year of after school programming this fall! Each week Girlstart will serve close to 1000 girls per week in these after school clubs. That means we need a lot of help prepping materials for a successful year. The 2016 class of the Capital of Texas chapter of National Charity League volunteered several hours assembling STEM journals for each of our participants. Thank you ladies for volunteering your time and supporting Girlstart's mission!

NCL volunteers


on Wednesday, 03 September 2014.

This Fall, Girlstart will offer 12 after school programs outside the Central Texas area such as McAllen, San Antonio, Arlington and College Station. A group of 20 Google employees came together to assemble after school journals for each participant as well as prepping a circuit activity for girls. Thank you so much Google for your help and can't wait for the girls to use their new journals!

Google volunteers

Charity Dynamics

on Friday, 15 August 2014.

Summer camp at Girlstart has come to a wrap and our building was in need of a little TLC. Thanks to an amazing group of volunteers from Charity Dynamics, they were able to spruce up our computer lab and STEM room with a fresh coat of paint. 

Thank you June Volunteers!

on Tuesday, 01 July 2014.

June kicked off the start of Girlstart Summer Camps! With each new week of camp not only comes new girls but a helpful group of high school volunteers.

june week 1 volunteers

Some of our high school volunteers were past Girlstart participants and others were new faces to Girlstart. We even had one volunteer join us all the way from New York City!

Thank you Dr. Owen!

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

The past two weeks, Dr. Pamela Owen of the Texas Memorial Museum talked to the Girlstart campers about the evolutionary history of whales and their many adaptations to living in water. She explained how we can trace their developmental history by examining fossils – based on fossil evidence we know that ancient whales lived partially on land, had legs, and had nostrils at the end of their noses (rather than blowholes on top of their heads).

Thank you Life Technologies!

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

Girlstart is forever grateful for the wonderful community of volunteers that return to help year after year. Life Technologies, a brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is one of our groups that willingly donates their time each year. They joined us on May 16th to help address postcards that will be sent out to the Girlstart Alumnae Board- our program for past participants. Thank you for donating your time to help keep us connected with our alumnae!

eBay at Girlstart

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

This summer, Girlstart's Summer Camp 'To Go' will host 11 summer camps outside of Austin, serving over 300 girls in areas throughout Texas and across the country! Every activity is packed and shipped to its camp location ahead of time; that is a lot of supplies and materials to prepare! Thankfully, a group of eBay volunteers joined us on May 12th to help organize activity materials for all of these camps. From tracing glider templates to cutting plates for roller coaster tracks, this group made it possible to offer STEM programming to all of those girls. Thank you so much for your time and energy!

Charles Schwab Volunteer Week

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

Charles Schwab Volunteer Week took place the week of June 19th and was a whirlwind of fun and productivity! On May 20th, a group of Schwab employees volunteered their time at their offices to make over 300 name tags for all of our Summer Camps "To Go" across Texas and the country. Name tags are key for getting girls connected every week at camp- they help break the ice and make girls feel comfortable making new friends. Thank you for laminating, cutting, hole punching and tying lots of ribbon!

Thank You to our Girls In STEM Partners

on Thursday, 17 April 2014.

The ninth annual Girls In STEM Conference took place on April 12th at Travis High School. The day was filled with fun hands-on workshops led by over 80 STEM professionals and 70 volunteers that ensured the day was a success.

We had volunteers and presenters join us from all walks of life: high school students, college students, past Girlstart participants, parents, teachers, engineers and even some that came all the way from Memphis, TN. Thank you all for inspiring and encouraging girls in STEM.

Check out the Girls In STEM highlights.

Thank you to all our DeSTEMber Partners!

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014.

Over the month of December Girlstart was able to partner with 12 organizations throughout the country to participate in live Google+ hangouts and share videos. Viewers got to go on a virtual scuba dive, hang out with penguins, sloths, and parrots, to even learning about the science of fireworks. Thank you for your willingness and enthusiasm to participate in DeSTEMber. 

If you missed any of these Google+ hangouts, they are still available to watch at www.destember.org.

Thank You Game Changers Committee

on Tuesday, 29 October 2013.

30 Community Volunteers Made Game Changers Luncheon Amazing

A special thank you to our Game Changers Committee! 30 volunteers from all business sectors spent the majority of the year planning our Game Changers Annual Luncheon. Committee members assisted with the Women in STEM Honorees video, printed the 3D Girlstart centerpieces, created a multi-media power point presentation, donated and/or asked for donations for our silent auction and mystery boxes, assisted with marketing and PR for the event, provided event sponsorships and much more! We are so grateful for the hundreds of planning and volunteer hours our committee contributed this year. THANK YOU! 

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