Girlstart is a non-profit organization founded in Austin, Texas in 1997 to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology. I remember thinking at the time that this is a killer idea that will be emulated everywhere. Not so much, but it’s going strong in Austin.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years, but Girlstart is having its 10 anniversary, and if you ever needed evidence that good ideas come from citizens who are proud of their city, Girlstart is it.
“Girlstart provides hands-on learning in math, science, technology and engineering concepts to a diverse group of girls and their parents. Girlstart has served over 10,000 girls and families with after-school clubs, free Saturday camps, science nights, family math nights, summer camps and more!
Girlstart has an enviable record as a best-case practices leader in empowering, educating, and motivating girls to enjoy and become more proficient in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Consistently close to 90% of participants report that Girlstart made them feel more confident in STEM subjects and courses and made them more interested in pursuing a STEM-related career. Girlstart’s unique programming includes nationally-recognized Saturday camps, summer camps, and after-school programs, where girls become engaged in hands-on STEM activities and meet female role models working in STEM careers.
Girlstart’s success and the hard work of its staff have not gone unnoticed. Recently, Girlstart was named by Child magazine as one of the five top programs for girls across the country. Girlstart’s programs have been featured on the Today show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and in Glamour, Texas Monthly, Fast Company, and CosmoGIRL magazines. Girlstart was also selected by the Austin Chronicle as “Best Non-Profit Organization” and “Best Effort for Girls.””
You go, Girlstart, you go.