This is an exciting time to be part of the Girls Inc. of Long Island family. We have seen tremendous growth this past year and it is only the beginning! Some highlights include:
National Grid Power Plant Tour – Girls Inc. took a tour of National Grid’s Power Plant in Northport on February 19, 2015, where girls got a first-hand look at some of the operations, and were given an in-depth look at the control rooms.
“Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day”– Girls Inc. participated in this event for the second year in a row on February 26th at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
Operating a Human-Powered Blender!
Our 2nd annual ‘Spring Into Strong, Smart, and Bold’ Empowerment Conference in May included a light-up artwork STEM activity taught by NYIT Society of Women Engineers, a variety of career panelists, media messaging workshops, an empowering film, and an inspiring key-note speaker from Cisco Systems!
Overnight Adventure at Watch Hill, Fire Island– On July 2, 2015 girls took a ferry to Watch Hill, Fire Island where they camped overnight, measured levels in the sand for horseshoe crab research and collected horseshoe crab eggs with help from CERCOM at Molloy College. Thanks to BFCU to sponsoring the trip!
At BNL, middle school girls spent 2 weeks dissecting dragonfly DNA and designing and testing their own solar hot water heaters! They also toured BNL’s facilities and met with researchers.
Thanks to a generous grant from PSEG and additional supportive funding from United Way of Long Island and Society of Women Engineers, high school girls spent an amazing week coding and experimenting with lego robotics during a Coding and Robotics Immersion at Dowling College in July!
Thank you to our Summer Camp Funders:
Thanks, as always, to our partners at Stonybrook WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers) at NYIT!
During the Girls Breaking Barriers 6-week series at Levittown Library, girls created a PSA around rape culture after looking at pressing issues in their community. The PSA was entirely scripted and developed by the girls themselves. Thank you to Best Buy Foundation for funding the series!
Shaming Rape Culture
During our International Day of the Girl Celebration at both Levittown and Middle Country Libraries in October, girls discussed girls’ rights across the globe and the many ways girls contribute to their families and communities, took pictures at our empowering selfie station, talked about their hopes and dreams for the future, and signed the GirlsInc. Bill of Rights.
Girls wrote on selfie cards how they are like Malala Yousef!
Thanks to our generous funders…
National Grid, Knapp Swezey Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, PSEG, Pall Corporation, Doreen Downs Miller Foundation, Verizon, Women’s Fund of Long Island, Huntington Rotary, TD Charitable Foundation, United Way of Long Island, Capital One Women’s Network, USTA-Long Island, Whole Foods,
and Just Energy Foundation…
We are running 17 programs at 11 sites each week!
More than ever, we need your support in reaching more girls across Long Island and encouraging them to become strong, smart, and bold. Many more girls are in need of our programs and your donation can mean the difference in their lives. Just like on the selfie card written below for International Day of the Girl: “People need to be aware that women are capable of so much more than people expect of us.” With your continued support, we can fuel her fire and change the world.
When you invest in girls and Girls Inc., you are investing in your entire community.
Thank you for the part you play in inspiring girls in our community to be strong, smart, and bold.
Thank you for being #inhercorner.
Wishing you a beautiful and inspired start to the new year!
We look forward to sharing more updates and stories with you!
Neela M. Lockel, LMSW-MPA