If you ask a middle school girl from an underprivileged area of town what she wants to be when she grows up, you'll hear three answers: a teacher, a cook, or a nurse. This is because those are the only jobs that she has seen in her world. When she goes to school, she'll see a teacher. When she goes home, someone is cooking to feed the family. When she gets sick, she sees the school nurse.
This troubling trend of limited choices has been witnessed by Laura Hunter who is the principal for the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington or G.L.O.W.
GLOW is an all girls public charter school aimed at helping underprivileged girls. It was co-founded by Judy Girard a former president of HGTV and Food Network. The GLOW mission is to not only to have every student graduate, but to also ensure each young woman gets into college with the financial aid she needs.
To open the world of possible career paths and college choices to the GLOW girls, the Learning Circle themed "Cool Women, Hot Jobs" was created.
Planned by WILMA Leadership Initiative class of 2016 as their graduation gift to Wilmington, this Learning Circle will welcome about 100 girls to tekMountain. The girls will be divided into eight groups to cycle through each of the eight station. These stations are manned by members of the WILMA Leadership Initiative, the Fort Fisher Aquarium and Cape Fear Women in Tech. Each station will feature a guided activity that helps explain some of the job responsibilities of the ladies.
Cape Fear Women in Tech is happy to represent our area of the industry and help to broaden horizons!
To find out more about GLOW, click here to visit their website.
Here are some photos from the event. Special thanks to Ashlye Hernandez & Kelly Havilland from the CFWIT Community Outreach Committee, and Kimberly Griffiths for representing Cape Fear Women in Tech at this event.