[EDEQUITY WEEA Project Dialogue]How to recruit girls

From: Diana Melvin (gut1@dakota2k.net)
Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 09:56:30 EST

I'm interested in how you recruit the girls. We have been working very
to recruit 100 girls for our Girls at the Center program, which is a Hands
on Math and Science program. We are struggling with meeting our enrollment
goals. Girls are busy and quite honestly are not making the connection
between math and science and high wage careers. Any ideas?

Diana Melvin
South Dakota Women Work

----- Original Message -----
From: <"Raquel Bauman"@phoenix.edc.org>;
Subject: [EDEQUITY WEEA Project Dialogue]Can you share your modules..

RAP sounds very useful. I have an opportunity to meet with middle school
counselors several times each year and would like to share the contents of
your modules if possible. Let me know please whether you can make them
available and what steps must be taken.
Raquel Bauman

----Original Message-----
From: Ann Muno [mailto:annmuno@earthlink.net]
Subject: [EDEQUITY WEEA Project Dialogue]Another project....

I work with an organization in Seattle called Powerful Voices (PV). We
offer a program called Girls RAP (Rights! Action! Power!) for students in
four public middle schools.
With great interest my staff and I huddled around the screen this morning
reading your comments. Seems many of us offering after school programs
are learning (or re-learning) that before we can help girls take leadership
on equity issues, they need to be able to create a common culture of
(or as I have interpreted Jill Denner's phrase "equity within gender" to
mean). Below I've copied a short article from our recent newsletter. The
article illustrates the ways we have struggled to create a common culture
of respect in our program. I'm excited to share thoughts on this topic
and look forward to comments.
Also, I want to comment on your second question about the need to "raise
awareness first before taking action". We have found that it's not a
linear process and each group of girls we work with is so different.
Sometimes we do a little bit of awareness raising first, and then girls
are able to take action; other times girls' awareness is raised to the
point where they can hardly wait to do a project. (And we don't want to
stifle their great energy.) We work very hard to train instructors to
read the group and follow its lead. Our curriculum is made up of modules
are theme-based ("What's It Like To Be A Girl Today", "What is Activism",
"What Inspires Us To Action", etc.) and instructors can pick and choose
as they see fits the group.
Again, I'm thrilled we are able to share thoughts regarding after school
leadership programs. Isn't it great that our ranks are growing?

Ann Muno,
Program Director
Girls RAP (Rights! Action! Power!)

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