CNY Girls' Summit A collaboration of Girls Inc (YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County); ESF Women's Caucus, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and Outreach and Experiential Learning Office (OELO); and Syracuse University Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Dimension's Mentoring Program.
Girls' Summit is a hands-on S.T.E.A.M.-based career exploration day that introduces girls in grades 5-10 to “non-traditional” fields through a keynote address, a series of workshops, and a college-readiness panel composed of students from local colleges.
Workshop topics have included paper-making and testing, watershed models, wind turbines, heart beat regulation, Science for Health and Life, coding, Scratch software, fermentation, environmental engineering, environmental health, ornithology, and more.
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David Pittman, Youth Coordinator, YWCA, and Aja Everson, YWCA, 315-424-0040
Heather Engelman, Program Coordinator, ESF Women's Caucus, 315-470-4752
History at ESF
In 2015, in response to long-standing requests to the Women's Caucus to extend the age range for Kids Day, and Girls Inc's Youth Development team's desire to find a permanent home for their established (but nomadic) program, the two groups partnered with ESF's first Interim Chief Diversity Officer to plan and host a career exploration program for middle and high school girls right here on campus. In 2016, we were joined by staff in Outreach (now the Office of Experiential Learning and Outreach), C-STEP, and SU's STEP program, and >90 girls participated in workshops and panels on both campuses! In fall 2017, Dimensions Mentoring program and our first official CDO joined the team to plan the 10th Annual Program - more than 100 girls participated in the resultant 2018 program!
Workshop leaders develop 45-minute hands on experiences to introduce some aspect of their fields. Group guides facilitate discussions, administer pre- and post-surveys and ice breakers, and get groups to where they need to be. Help is also needed during registration, data compilation for reporting requirements, and during lunch. Volunteers must register in advance in order to be screened per SUNY Child Protection Policy.