Teen Programs are offered to girls in the Junior and High School grades. Various programs are offered to these young women and their families to help encourage a better understanding of the needs they have, "as well as ..." enhance communication and support. The various programs offered encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable girls to develop to their full potential. The programs offered are healthy sexuality, health/fitness, gardening, body image, prevention/education, media literacy, career life planning, economic literacy, leadership, community action, advocacy, violence prevention and self-esteem enhancement programs.
Monthly Eureka Workshops
UCSB Adventure Ropes Course
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Challenge yourself with an adventure! The course offers a variety of tasks, obstacles, games and mind teasers designed to bring participants closer together and to help them to work as a team. The course is also an excellent way for individuals to gain self-confidence and to push themselves beyond previous, self-imposed limits.
Eureka is an intensive three-year program for girls beginning the summer before eight grade and continuing through the tenth grade. Eureka offers girls both summer and school-year programming. During the first two summers, girls spend four weeks on a college campus participating in hands-on activities in math, science, technology, sports, personal development and careers. For the third and final summer, Eurekans participate in a four week paid internship in career fields of their choice hosted by successful women professionals. Eureka! school year support services include academic and college counseling, SAT preparation workshops, field trips, leadership opportunities, and weekly workshops on culture, writing, social issues, math and science. Girls will continue to receive support from staff during the eleventh and twelfth grades. Eureka staff will support girls in identifying and pursuing college and additional professional development opportunities.
As with all Girls Inc. programs, Eureka! takes a “whole girl” approach—inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and, most importantly, expanding their sense of what is possible for their futures. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria offers a continuum of age appropriate programs for girls ages 5-18. Eureka! is the last of the five continuum programs. As each supports girls in building skills in a variety of areas, girls are encouraged to join in kindergarten and continue through their completion of high school.
How Girls Inc. Eureka program is meeting girls’ needs:
The majority of Eureka program participants attend public schools in Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD), where only about 40% of twelfth grade graduates complete course requirements for entrance
into the University of California or California State University system.
Through the three year intensive Eureka! program, girls are encouraged to deepen their focus on academic achievement and career planning, and the program emphasizes building their interest in science and math—at an age when their interest in these subjects is at risk of declining.
How to find out more about Eureka!:
Eureka! enrolls girls during the spring of seventh grade. Applications are available at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria and Carpinteria Middle School. For more information contact the Eureka Program Manager at (805) 684-6364 or email@example.com.
High School Workshops (School Year)
Teen Health Advocates (THA)
Teen Health Advocates educates teens about current health issues and introduces them to community health practitioners and services. Teen Health Advocates hold workshops in collaboration with local organizations, dealing with topics such as HIV/AIDS, Body Image, Communication, Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Violence Prevention, Pregnancy prevention and other issues. These Teen Health Advocates (THA) become mentors to their peers and younger children; organize a yearly Community Health Fair; and take field trips to local organizations.
Girls on the Go, Create a Fashion Show
A program focused on Media and Economic Literacy. Girls research various non-traditional jobs and job opportunities and imagine themselves ina carrier of their choice, reflecting their particular strengths, interests and knowledge.. From magazines and other media they will choose an outfit for their first job interview, their first big recognition or awards banquet and a casual every day outfit. Girls then recreate these outfits by shopping at thrift stores on a pre determined budget. The girls will then present a runway show, sporting their creations determined by their future goals.
Girls and boys learn how to create PSA’s based on issues relating to their own lives. Professional coaches will teach youth how to run a camera, do scripting and split scripting, create a story board, audio and video editing, lighting – all done with professional equipment. Ultimately the PSA will be aired on local TV channels.
A program designed to help young women look at different career options including those that are nontraditional for women. The sessions include guest speakers as well as field trips to visit colleges and businesses. The young women receive assistance in identifying financial aid opportunities and filling out related forms and applications, and create a personal portfolio.
Future & Options
A program designed to enhance girls' financial competence and confidence, to empower girls to recognize early on that they can exercise control over their financial future, and to promote within girls a sense of economic justice. The program covers economic and financial topics such as attitudes and values about money, career strategies, careers in finance, financial planning and budgeting, investing, banking, using credit, shopping tips, philanthropy, renting vs. buying and avoiding predatory lenders and other financial traps. Girls will also take a field trip to a local bank so that they may open their own checking account. There will be field trips to local financial institutions, shopping centers and other appropriate locations.