Three-week summer day camp for 6th-8th grade girls aged 11-13 years


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Three-week summer day camp for 6th-8th grade girls aged 11-13 years

  • Three-week summer day camp for 6th-8th grade girls aged 11-13 years

  • Primary focus is to expose girls to careers in construction – trades, engineering, IT, architect, etc.

  • Challenges girls to push past their own limits. Combines hands-on instruction in skilled trades with expressive arts activities.



Started in Vermont in 2000

  • Started in Vermont in 2000

  • Replicated in California, South Carolina and Ohio (Cleveland)

  • Over 1100 girls have participated to date

  • 66 Cincinnati girls since 2008



Workforce Development - Invest in future construction workforce to meet demand for skilled labor, i.e., increase the flow of diverse individuals into the industry.

  • Workforce Development - Invest in future construction workforce to meet demand for skilled labor, i.e., increase the flow of diverse individuals into the industry.

  • Economic Empowerment - Provide role models for girls in good paying, non-traditional fields to widen their career opportunity horizons.

  • Education - Build confidence and self-esteem in young girls (learning by doing) to enable them to challenge traditional societal expectations for the rest of their lives.



Carpentry



8:45 Bus Arrives, Light Breakfast

  • 8:45 Bus Arrives, Light Breakfast

  • 9:00 Karate/Character Development

  • 10:00 Plumbing

  • 11:00 Dreams to Careers

  • 11:30 Lunch/Free Time

  • 12:15 Carpentry/Art

  • 1:30 Art/Carpentry

  • 2:45 Snack/Debrief

  • 3:00 Bus Departs

  • 3:30 Staff Meeting





24 girls attended, ages 11-13

  • 24 girls attended, ages 11-13

  • 75% of campers’ families were at or below the federal poverty income level ($1069 per month for family of 4)

  • Thirteen communities and nineteen different schools were represented

  • 100% of the girls received financial aid to attend the camp



“I believe I can do anything I wish to do”

  • “I believe I can do anything I wish to do”

  • “I can do things that I didn’t think that I could”

  • “I have the ability to do more jobs”

  • “I feel more confident in myself”

  • “I have learned that women can do anything they set their mind to and be anything they want even if it is a man’s job.”

  • “I changed what I think about careers by knowing”



100% of the parents and girls would recommend the Rosie’s Girls camp to others.

  • 100% of the parents and girls would recommend the Rosie’s Girls camp to others.

  • 100% of parents reported they discussed what they learned at camp.

  • 79% of parents reported that Rosie’s Girls improved their relationship with their daughter.



“The Rosie’s Girls program opened the eyes of young ladies and showed them there is a variety of careers and hobbies they can do other than run the streets”

  • “The Rosie’s Girls program opened the eyes of young ladies and showed them there is a variety of careers and hobbies they can do other than run the streets”

  • “It taught my daughter how to be a team player”

  • “Rosie’s Girls definitely reinforced what I’ve tried to show and tell her over the years.”





Hold the camp at Woodward HS again to build on the relationships established in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

  • Hold the camp at Woodward HS again to build on the relationships established in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

  • Fundraise for a camp in a rural community

  • “Greening” our curriculum



YWCA/NAWIC partnership

  • YWCA/NAWIC partnership

  • Year-round fundraising/awareness

  • Spirit of Construction support

  • STRONG links to Cincinnati Public Schools

  • Expertise in running camps and working with youth



Engaging community businesses to donate the funds, materials and volunteers.

  • Engaging community businesses to donate the funds, materials and volunteers.

  • Utilizing the research based Rosie's Girls curriculum designed by Vermont Works for Women

  • Applying lessons learned from previous camps

  • Engaging parents through mandatory parent meetings

  • Hiring experienced camp staff and trades instructors

  • Fully training camp staff, instructors and volunteers on adolescent development and classroom management

  • Providing a safe, comfortable camp atmosphere that allows girls to work with tools and projects beyond their imagination

  • Celebrating the "aha" moments and recognizing girls for their accomplishments



Vermont Works For Women

  • Vermont Works For Women

  • Liz Shayne

  • lshayne@vtworksforwomen.org

  • 802-658-5229

  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

  • Rhonda Lindon-Hammon

  • rlindonhammon@ywcacin.org

  • 513-361-2186

  • ywcacincinnati.org/rosiesgirls




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