Don’t forget about Lawrence! January 21, 2010Posted by kwilkinson1 in Clubs, General, Volunteering.
Tags: after school, Clubs, Education, Fun, Kids, Lawrence, Mentors, Non-Profit, School, Science, Volunteer, women in science
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, girls at the Esperanza Academy and Movement City, both in Lawrence, MA, participate in Science Club for Girls. These 6-8th grade clubs make for never a dull moment! Both sites also offer its students a wide range of afterschool activities, making Science Club for Girls just one of the many enriching programs and services the students have access to. At Movement City, the 17 seventh and eighth grade girls doing the Toy Factory Curriculum put it as the largest middle school age club in SCFG. Since our opening there in 2007, there is now a waiting list for girls to join. Only a a few blocks away is the Esperanza Academy, a brand new site this year. Esperanza Academy gives its students a rigorous private school education with hopes its alumni going onto to some of the best prep schools in the state. While clubs are small here, the girls who started as the first SCFG members are proud of the distinction and don’t regret their decision to try something new. “Why can’t we have Science Club for Girls everyday?” is a question I hear almost every Thursday with them.
The only real challenge of the clubs is in finding enough mentors. The many pharmaceutical and engineering companies present great places to advertise but taking time from work can be difficult on a regular basis for some employees. We are building relationships with North Essex Community College and Merrimack College in hopes of attracting more undergraduate students in time for the Spring program in February. If you are interested or know someone who may be, contact Science Club for Girls at volunteer [at] scienceclubforgils [dot] org today. You don’t want to miss out!