Educational Institutions

Girlstart

  • Austin, TX
  • www.girlstart.org

Mission Statement

Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. By empowering more girls to continue STEM studies, we can help address our nation’s STEM workforce inequities and impact innovation and economic development in America and across the globe. To accomplish its mission, Girlstart develops and implements a range of innovative, research- and standards-based education and mentorship programs designed to promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage girls' aspirations and persistence in STEM education and careers, and incubate a talented and diverse STEM workforce. Founded in Austin, Texas, Girlstart is the largest and longest-running community-based informal STEM education nonprofit in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping girls in STEM through year-round STEM educational programming. Since 1997, Girlstart has served thousands of girls, teachers and families with school-based programs, professional development for teachers, summer camps, STEM career conferences, large-scale science events for families, and community STEM outreach programs.

Main Programs

  1. Girlstart After School
  2. Girlstart Summer Camps
Service Areas

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Texas

Primarily Central Texas (Travis, Williamson, and Hays Counties) and other Texas locations including San Antonio, Waco, Killeen, and others as possible. Select regions nationwide including Silicon Valley, CA; Bellevue, WA; Ft. Collins/Sunnyvale, CO; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; NE.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

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Dr. Tamara Hudgins

Keywords

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STEM girls clubs after school summer camp informal education

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EIN

31-1595414

 Number

0441026384

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

h Development N.E.C. (Oou)

nce & Technology N.E.C. (Uci)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Girlstart's mission and programs are critical because: Over the past 10 years, STEM job growth was 3x as fast as growth in non- STEM jobs.*STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% through 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non- STEM occupations*The economic impact made by STEM workers is significant; a 25% increase in engineering degrees alone would add $6 billion to the Texas economy in 15 years.Texas schools face significant challenges in nurturing a STEM-literate population. Recent deep budget cuts in the state's education funding formula have had a severe impact on already fragile school districts. Strong, community-based external partners like Girlstart can dramatically increase our schools' capacity to provide effective STEM education. Girlstart's year-round programs offer a range of innovative, research- and standards-based programs that promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage girls’ aspirations and persistence in STEM, and incubate a talented and diverse STEM workforce.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Girlstart After School

Girlstart After School is Girlstart's free, weekly STEM afterschool program, which now reaches more than 1,000 girls at 40 high-need schools across Texas. At each Girlstart After School partner school, a club of 20+ girls meets weekly for an hour of intensive, hands-on and inquiry-based problem solving challenges in subjects across the STEM acronym. Each lesson is developed and tested by Girlstart and aligned with state and national learning standards (TEKS). Lessons are led by the Girlstart STEM CREW, pre-service teachers in colleges of education and STEM majors, who receive intensive training from Girlstart. Girlstart is excited to announce our first Houston-area program, which will take place at Heflin Elementary in Alief ISD beginning in spring 2015! Girlstart will expand this program to additional Houston schools as possible.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$701,713.00

Program 2

Girlstart Summer Camps

Girlstart Summer Camps are thematic, week-long STEM summer camps for girls in the 4th-8th grades. This program, recognized as "exemplary" and "highly scalable" by Change the Equation in October 2013, introduces girls to STEM concepts through intensive, 40-hour camps that feature hands-on STEM learning activities tied to each week's unique theme. Girlstart Summer Camp provides individualized experiences that develop skills and knowledge in STEM and increase participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers. Through their experience at Girlstart, participants develop an increased interest in STEM through real-world experiences in subject areas such as video game design and computer programming, industrial design and engineering, robotics, physics, and chemistry. Girlstart Summer Camp reaches 500+ girls each summer, in Austin and at 'to Go' locations across Texas. We are excited to announce that our first two Houston-area Summer Camps will take place in summer 2015!

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$358,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Primarily Central Texas (Travis, Williamson, and Hays Counties) and other Texas locations including San Antonio, Waco, Killeen, and others as possible. Select regions nationwide including Silicon Valley, CA; Bellevue, WA; Ft. Collins/Sunnyvale, CO; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; NE.

Accreditations

American Camp Association - Accreditation

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Financials

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GIRLSTART
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Tamara Hudgins

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The world's greatest challenges need new STEM ideas and insights. Yet half the world's potential ideamakers--women and girls--are discouraged from developing vital STEM ideas. We believe that more girls with more ideas will create more solutions to benefit us all. At Girlstart, we cultivate a culture where risk is rewarded, curiosity is encouraged, and creativity is expected. In addition to helping girls author their bright futures through STEM, our work also addresses the STEM workforce imbalance and impacts innovation and economic development generally. Girlstart's unique STEM programs have been recognized nationally by Change the Equation and the Afterschool Alliance as "what works" in informal STEM education; Girlstart Summer Camps were recently named one of only four "exemplary" and "highly scalable" STEM education programs nationwide by Change the Equation. We have been expanding our suite of programs across Texas and beyond since 2010, and we are looking forward to bringing Girlstart programs to the Houston area. Girlstart girls are connected, brave, and resilient. Girlstart makes girls more successful, and inspires them to take on the world's greatest challenges."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sharon Francia

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