On May 19, 2007, nearly 100 girls from the greater Syracuse area came to the campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to learn about building their skills and preparing for careers. Girls Summit 2007 was a daylong event sponsored by Girls Incorporated of CNY for girls in grades 5 through 10.
The girls participated in hands-on workshops that focused on careers in such fields as communications, engineering, journalism, and environmental sciences.
Members of the ESF Woodsmen’s Team held a workshop on logging skills and did a demonstration on the campus quad for the entire group. The girls got a chance to try sawing wood and participate in a pulp throw.
Outreach staff who contributed to the success of the day included Tom Hughes, Project Staff Associate and Terhi Majanen, Project Support Specialist. In addition, several student members of the ESF Science Corps served as guides and mentors, including graduate students Nate Anderson and Aileen Guzman, and undergraduate students Lee Raza, Alex Howe, Laura Hahn, Mandy Fritzen, Natasha Souter, and Terri Evans.
The Summit was a wonderful opportunity for ESF Outreach and Girls Incorporated of CNY to partner again to serve the community through youth education and career programs. ESF Outreach and Girls Inc. have collaborated over the last four years to provide enriching educational and recreational opportunities through an environmental summer camp entitled ESF SCIENCE – Summer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments. The ESF SCIENCE environmental camps, situated in local green spaces such as Elmwood Park and the Onondaga Creek corridor, emphasize urban ecology and urban ecosystems that are relevant to the lives of middle school students in the greater Syracuse area.
For more information on ESF SCIENCE and Girls Inc. of CNY, check out these website links: