Image from Oregon Tradeswomen 2012 Women in Trades Career Fair Facebook album
Oregon Tradeswomen Inc is a great organization with terrific outreach. They are dedicated to exposing and inspiring women to pursue the skilled trades through education, mentorship and leadership. Employers are anxious to hire qualified skilled tradeswomen and apprenticeship programs just can’t turn out female graduates fast enough. OTI hosts pre-apprenticship classes, networking events, and leadership training. They can help women identify what apprenticeship programs they are interested in and help them with the application process. Skilled tradeswomen can qualify for family wage jobs with good benefits without taking on the burden of college debt.
This year’s Women in Trade’s Career Fair will be held May 16-18, 2013. Thursday May 16 is for middle school girls who have pre-registered through their school and May 17 is for the high school girls. Saturday May 18 is for girls and women of all ages who want to have a fun day of hands-on activities meant to introduce them to trades careers. A special Dads and Daughters workshop will be held on Saturday from 1:00 -2:00. Past activities have included pouring cement, riding in a bucket on a utility truck, climbing a fire engine ladder, using a jackhammer and a trades fashion show. Find a complete list of workshops and activities here.
Girls Build Summer Camp
They also host a Girls Build Camp in the summer for only $25 a week. The middle school camp is full but new registrations are being kept on a waiting list. There is still time to apply for the high school camp.
North Portland Camp at the University of Portland
High School Girls
July 15 – 19, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Middle School Girls:
THIS CAMP IS FULL. New Registrations will be placed on a waiting list.
July 23 – 26, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New this year is a Southern Oregon camp at Rogue Valley Community College
Combined Middle and High School Girls Camp
June 24 – June 28, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oregon Tradeswomen also offers free 7 week introduction to trades and apprenticeship classes for women.
WOMEN IN TRADES CAREER FAIR | Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc..
From todays email:
OSU 4-H is seeking 57 youth entering grades 10- 12 in fall 2013, interested in Marine Science to become Ocean Watch 4-H Marine Ambassadors. The program will be June 30- July 5 on the OSU campus in Corvallis and at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. include construction of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)! Scholarships will cover all but the $35 application fee, which will be returned to youth who are not selected. Applicants must submit a short essay. Application deadline May 24. For details see http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu, scroll down to the camp link. Questions, please contact Virginia Bourdeau, 4-H Science and Youth Camp Development email@example.com
I have family in Boise and when Boise State pulled out two trick plays at the 2007 Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl to upset Oklahoma, the Broncos became all the rage at our house. In 2009 we visited the college but we really only made it to Smurf Field (above — and no, we didn’t know the couple getting married). Here is a chance to visit the campus and see what the Engineering School has to offer.
E-Girls is a free overnight program for girls in grades 9, 10, &11 at Boise State University. E-Girls on June 7-8, 2013 will feature workshops lead by Society of Women Engineer members and college students. Girls will be introduced to a variety of fun science fields through hands-on activities. Yep, its free (of course you have to get yourself to Boise).
Download flyer to share with friends.
Apply by May 1, 2013. Camp is limited to 40 participants.
Read about more summer programs hosted by Boise State College of Engineering .
Image from Smithsonian Latino Center’s Flickr pool: http://flic.kr/p/dkRPqB
The Smithsonian’s Young Ambassador Program for Latino Youth looks like a fantastic opportunity for a graduating senior. The program is aimed at cultivating, inspiring and training the next generation of Latino/a leaders. Latino students who are graduating in 2013 can apply for a 1 week all-expenses paid internship training in Washington, D.C. after which students will be placed in one of selected partner museums or cultural centers for a 4-week internship. While travel and expenses are covered for the D.C. portion of the experience, students are responsible for their own expenses during their internship placement. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a $2000 stipend.
Read the application guide in advance of your application, there is lots of good information in it and it will save you time. (Note, the title of the pdf is “2009 Young Ambassador Program” but all of the dates in the publication appear to be for the 2013 application.) It looks like students must be citizens or legal permanent residents and scheduled to enter an institute of higher education in the fall of 2013.
image from FBI photo gallery: http://www.fbi.gov/news/galleries/2012-photo-gallery/photo_gallery
Students have until April 1. 2013 to apply for this year’s two-day FBI Youth Leadership Academy. The leadership academy immerses high school students into a variety of topics including forensic science, self-defense, firearms simulation and leadership training.
The academy is designed to introduce high school students to the inner workings of the FBI while encouraging applicants to develop leadership skills for life. The academy is staffed by FBI agents and professional staff so students will have the opportunity to meet people who work for the FBI in various capacities.
The day camp is free but students must be selected from a pool of applicants. Applications require a letter of reference so students should get that lined up with teachers and coaches before spring break. Download application. July 9 -10, 2013 9109 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97220 Students will be responsible for their own transportation.
The United States Navel Academy offers a very affordable week-long summer camp for students 8th – 11th grade. The Summer STEM Program costs $200 which does not include travel to and from the Naval Academy. Even including air fair this could still be about the same price as a local sleep-away camp. It looks like lots of fun. You can see a wide variety of activities in the STEM Gallery. (I do have to say that the website appeared to have been designed and built on Dreamweaver in 2004, but I’m just going to figure that this is a result of public budget cuts and they put the money into programming rather than into the website. )
Activities include presentations in each of the Naval Academy’s engineering departments, STEM-based projects and activities, and a tour of Washington, D.C.
Rising Grade Level Dates
8th and 9th June 3-8
10th June 10-15
11th June 17-21* (this camp is one-day shorter)
Admission to camp it selective, based on academic achievement, test scores, in-school and out-of-school activities, and geographic home. I would imagine that the number of students applying from the west coast is generally lower than the number of the kids back east so chances might be better if you are from Oregon than from Maryland or Virginia. Applications are due April 15, 2013. Students will be notified May 1.
Download the brochure.
DO-IT, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, is an organization that works to promote programs that support students with disabilities pursuing post secondary education and careers. They have many resources for students in their Student Lounge - a virtual space with information on schools, community and careers. While DO-IT is based out of University of Washington and some of their scholarships are for Washington students only, there are plenty of resources for students in any part of the world searching for information and desiring to connect with this active community.
DO-IT Scholars are selected Washington state high school students with disabilities who participate in a variety of activities including career exploration, introduction to adaptive technologies on university campuses and live-in summer campus experiences. The initial deadline for applications has just passed (January 10, 2013), however, applications will be accepted until all spots are filled, with the next review occurring on applications received before January 30, 2013.
Another great resource on the DO-IT website (from this month’s National Girls’ Collaborative Project monthly newsletter):
DO-IT Scholarship Web Page for Youth with Disabilities
An important part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. DO-IT has a new web page with information about scholarships, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility. Using an interactive sorting tool, you can filter scholarships by disability or other criteria. http://www.washington.edu/doit/Student/scholarships.html
NASA is announcing a unique opportunity for young women who are juniors in high school with an interest in science. WISH: Women in STEM High School Aerospace scholars will become a part of a nation-wide on-line learning community and compete for a chance to spend a summer at the Johnson Space Center working with NASA engineers.
Applications– which include a letter requesting nomination from your State Senator or Representative– will be accepted through January 3. SGirls who are chosen to participate in this NASA program will complete a series of distance-learning lessons on past, present and future space explorations. Approximately 40 girls will be selected from this cohort for a 6 day summer experience at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The program is free and the lessons– which are aligned to state education standards–are meant to inspire girls to study science, technology and engineering. The young women will meet and interact with an on-line community of leading female STEM professionals as well as collaborate with girls from around the country with similar interests in science and technology.
NASA has a great website for students. Here are some more NASA links for girls interested in careers at NASA:
WISH:Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars | WISH: Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
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As summer comes to a close, 8-12 graders can sign up for a free leadership camp offered the last week of August. Challenge Camp 2012: Academy of Leadership Innovation will take place August 27-31 at the Portland State University Campus.
Academy of Leadership Innovations
August 27 through August 31, 2012
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
A full slate of leadership activities, panels, mock interviews as well as recreational games and keynote speeches will focus on student development with an emphasis on fostering innovation in the community’s future leaders. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.
Challenge Camp is a program of Reaching and Empowering All People (REAP), a local organization focused on empowering and engaging youth.
The National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) held by Portland’s Police Activities League is a 4-week sports camp that provides fun, structure, meals, gang resistance training and encouragement for teens in the metro area (ages 9 – 16). A nominal fee of $35 incldes breakfast and lunch and transportation from locations throughout Portland (including stops in Beaverton and east Multnomah County cities Gresham and Troutdale). Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will pay $20 for the camp. If students are already a member of PAL, the camp is only $15. Download the registration form.
My son did this program when he was 13 and had a good time playing a variety of sports: basketball, football, baseball, swimming, tennis, bowling etc.
July 9-August 3
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Portland State University
Families on the west side of the metro area might want to look into the weekly camps offered at PAL’s Beaverton facility. Cost of these day camps are $50 per week of $30 for students on free or reduced lunch.