The Aurora Foundation, Inc.
The Aurora Foundation, Inc. proposes to replicate, expand and evaluate
an exemplary model program that advances educational equity for minority
girls with disabilities. The four year project features a two-year
leadership and training program that includes the delivery of two
curriculums through classroom instruction. During the first semester
girls will participate in Living Out Loud (LOL), a life skills curriculum.
The following semester girls will move on to Part B, a one-semester
leadership training and financial literacy curriculum entitled LEAD.
The Aurora Foundation will recruit mentors for each participating
girl. Girls will be matched according to career goals and interest.
The Aurora Foundation will provide training and supervision of the
mentors. Mentoring will continue through the second year of the program.
At the end of the two years, participants will have an increased interest
in pursuing post-secondary education and be able to make an informed
decision regarding career goals.
Equity for Young Women with Disabilities Project
Tyler Public Schools
The Equity for Young Women with Disabilities Project will implement
a researched-based models that 1) provides young women with opportunities
for internships and experiences in nontraditional jobs; 2) increase
participant self-esteem; and 3) make schools more aware of the impact
of high school work experience, utilization of friend-family networks
to find student employment opportunities, and the effect of self esteem
on employment and salary outcomes. The project also intends to impact
pre-service preparation of special education teachers through the
development of curriculum module. This module will be distributed
to higher education institutions that train special education teachers.
The module will present critical issues related to transition from
high school for young women with disabilities and present strategies
for enhancing transition.
Aberdeen Area Career Planning Center
Girls DiscoverIT is a collaborative project of Aberdeen, South Dakotaís
Area Career Planning Center; South Dakota Department of Labor; ExplorNet
of South Dakota; South Dakota Department of Educationís Division of
Workforce and Career Preparation; and eight other Career Learning
Centers throughout South Dakota. The project is based on ExplorNetís
Information Technology camp curriculum, ExplorIT. Through hands-on
learning, middle school girls from low-income families will gain knowledge
and awareness of careers and learn about technology demanding fields
during a one-two week technology camp. As a part of the camp, girls
will develop leadership skills, tour technology based businesses and
industries, and observe women in nontraditional technology careers.
Girls will also build and upgrade computers, design a robot, and learn
Howard University School of Social Work
The Howard University School of Social Work will provide leadership
training emphasizing young women of color in senior high school, grade
9-12. The project will address leadership meaning and roles, self-esteem,
career development, conflict resolution, and future planning and goal
setting. A printed manual (with a trainerís guide) and two CDS-ROMs
(English and Spanish) will be provided for nationwide distribution.
The program will be implemented immediately in 6 public high schools
in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Participants will include
young mothers and students with disabilities, and will be trained
in 8 groups of 25 each..
The educational objectives of the program are:
- Improve school grades
- Improved school participation
- Improved conflict resolution
- Improved community participation
- Improved positive choices
Stepping Stones Across the Digital Divide
San Mateo County Office of Education
Redwood City, CA
Stepping Stones Across the Digital Divide, operated by the San Mateo
County Office of Education, will provide direct services to 50 Hispanic
females in grades 3 to 6. The goal of the project is to increase academic
performance through developing computer and emerging information technologies.
Parents will be provided computer instruction to enable them to assist
their daughters. This project will not only increase student academic
performance but also will increase parental involvement and electronic
During the second year, parents who have completed the first earís
parent instruction will serve as tutors and resources to new parents
participating in the program. Parents will develop as computer technology
leaders in the community and in the school. During the second through
the fourth year, parents will complete their computer training to
earn a laptop computer so they can assist their daughters in completing
homework assignment at home using the laptop.
Women in Science and Environment (WISE)
Boston Public Schools
South Boston, MA
The Women in Science and Environment (WISE) will operate in partnership
with Boston Public Schools, the Urban Ecology Institute at Boston
College, and the Sea Grant Program at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. The project will serve 300 students each year. Project
WISE will provide hands-on experiences in science and environmental
industries. Highly accomplished female educators and scientists from
the partners will be role models and mentors and assist students in
developing leadership skills and self confidence.
The project will offer students an integrated science curriculum
mainly based at field site, and internships in industries. WISE activities,
team teaching, and the project-based approach to teaching and learning
will increase studentís motivation to remain in and graduate from
high school and improve literacy skills and academic abilities in
math, science and technology. Guidance and referrals to external services
such as parenting skills workshops, counseling or health services
will be provided. Parents will be involved in the program and encouraged
to join the programís advisory group.