Girl power is back

  • Summer Arts Camp for Girls -  The Miami-Dade Parks’ Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) Summer Arts Camp for girls 11-16 will be held June 10 to Aug. 16, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women's Park, 10251 Flagler St., Miami. Classes include modern jazz, lyrical, ballroom and Afro-Cuban dance, theater, music, visual arts, screenwriting and film, photography and women’s studies. There is professional mentoring and training in leadership skills. Field trips to local museums, cultural events and arts festivals are included. The 10-week summer program is $75 a week plus $12 registration. Class space is limited. Call 305-271-0812.
    • Strong Women, Strong Girls – a mentoring program for at-risk girls that pairs mentors from colleges with elementary school girls in Miami-Dade. During the 2012-13 program year, 60 mentors from five college chapters worked with more than 400 girls at 18 partner sites. Fifteen adult volunteers served as leadership coaches and site monitors. To be a site partner, at least half of the children must be on free- or reduced-price lunch. To volunteer or for information, visit
    • Embrace Girls – the nonprofit foundation offers after school and camp programs for elementary- and middle school girls. It includes academic tutoring, leadership training, life and character educational skills. The program serves 220 girls at five locations. Visit
    • Girl Scouts – Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has 15,620 girls and 6,100 adults involved in its program, which includes opportunities to build leadership, character and community service skills. Visit  
    • Girls Who Code – Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit that works to empower young women to pursue careers in technology and engineering, will offer a Miami program in the summer of 2014. Launched in 2012 in New York City, the program offers eight weeks of classes in robotics, web design and mobile development, and mentoring by female engineers and entrepreneurs. “It's clear the jobs of the future are going to be in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, and we have to empower young women with the opportunities to pursue these careers and become our next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani. “Too often when girls walk into a computer lab after school, it's full of boys, so they turn around and walk out. If we are going to close the gender gap and encourage young women to pursue fields like technology that are so male-dominated, we need to build the sisterhood, and that's what Girls Who Code is about.” To be a school or business partner, a mentor, or for information, visit    


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