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Summer 2018 Newsletter: Smart-Girl

Jennifer Varela

09/28/2018

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Smart Girl Participants
Mount Logan Middle School Smart-Girl Participants

USU STARS! GEAR UP partnered with the Center for Women and Gender at Utah State University to offer a Smart-Girl Summer Camp for 27 students entering 8th and 9th grade. These Mt. Logan Middle School students met on the USU Logan campus from June 25-27 to learn about leadership, communication, and team-building.

As part of the Smart-Girl Camp experience, students visited research laboratories, and discussed topics ranging from high school preparations to career explorations. Girls were given the chance to discuss topics leading them to learn about themselves, how to communicate with peers and adults, and why they should consider continued education after high school.

“Every girl that I have personally witnessed participate in the Smart-Girl summer camp has benefited in some way,” said Konie Humphreys, Smart-Girl Trainer. “The positive change and relationships built are life changing”

One memorable activity involved having the girls participate in a discussion led by two female college students. They talked about building confidence and overcoming obstacles that got in the wayof gaining a degree.Kristin Brubaker, Director of USU STARS! GEAR UP Cohort 3 said, “It was fun to see the campers grow and gain new skills to prepare them for success in the classroom and their futures.”

“I was absolutely delighted by the GEAR UP staff support that made our Smart-Girl camp run so smoothly,” said Michelle Hixson, Coordinator of Programs Center for Women and Gender. “The GEAR UP staff ensured that all of our student arrivals, tours, lunches, and lectures and departures ran on time so our Smart-Girl leaders could focus on the campers engaging with our research-based curriculum.”

Smart-Girl Camp is a great example of partnerships that USU STARS! GEARUP forges between groups sharing a similar mission of empowering students to become more confident and see college as a necessary step in reaching their future goals.