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Girlstart June Newsletter
Press Release

June, 2009

GirlstartGirlstart June Newsletter - Volume 12, Issue 6

  1. Note from Julie
  2. Girlstart Events and News
  3. Tech Spotlight
  4. Volunteer Spotlight
  5. Job Opportunity
  6. Did You Know?

true north Summer Camp season is one of my favorite times of the year! Every week girls come to Girlstart to explore science, math and technology in new and fun ways. Every day we get to see girls get excited about these subjects and want to try more. This is why Girlstart exists: to inspire girls to LOVE math, science and technology. And we are succeeding at it!

Last summer 93% of girls reported that Girlstart encouraged them to think about career opportunities in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) and 91% of girls reported Girlstart made they feel better about themselves. When girls gain confidence in STEM they gain confidence in themselves. Empowered girls grow up to become empowered women!

Summer Camp starts next week and we are only $1500 from reaching our fundraising goal for the Rachel Muir Scholarship Fund. Help us offer as many scholarships as possible by donating today in Rachel's honor.

Also starting this summer, Girlstart will host monthly open-houses to give the community a behind the scenes look at all of great work Girlstart is doing for girls in the Austin area. Contact Robin Murphy if you are interested in attending one of these amazing events to find out how to get more involved.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Julie Shannan
Interim Executive Director, Girlstart



true northSpaces still available for Crazy Concoctions summer camp!
Girlstart Summer Camps are filling up fast! Spaces are still available for Crazy Concoctions. Campers will become the chefs in Girlstart's kitchen lab, exploring the chemistry behind cooking and food engineering. Girls will create their own pasta flavoring, discover the different leavening ingredients, determine how cream and sugar are used at different temperatures to create treats, and more! In addition to getting their hands dirty in the Food Engineering Lab, girls will design their own interactive cookbook to share their creations. Contact for more information.

Girlstart Workshops
Girlstart served over 350 girls and families through our 2008-2009 Workshop Series! Participants explored constellations at our Starry Science Extravaganza, dissected a sheep's brain, made dry ice ice-cream, discovered pH levels in makeup foundation, and learned the science behind boo bubbles! Girlstart's workshop season was a huge success in empowering girls in math, science, and technology. Check the website in early August for the 2009-2010 Workshop schedule!

Attend In the Spotlight 2009
The Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP) is joining forces with the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) to provide an amazing opportunity to connect with organizations and individuals around the state and across the nation interested in the advancement of girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). K-12 educators and administrators; community college and university educators and administrators; corporate recruiters or outreach volunteers; STEM and girl-focused not-for-profit educators and administrators; policy makers; and anyone interested in the advancement of girls in STEM is invited to attend. In the Spotlight 2009: Best and Emerging Practices in Recruitment and Talent Development will take place Friday, June 19th at the WEPAN Confrence. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events Calendar

June 8-12 and June 15-19 Animal Clinic Summer Camp (6th-8th grades)
June 22-26 and July 6-10 Pet Vet Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)
July 13-17 and July 20-24 Crazy Concoctions Summer Camp (6th-8th grades)
August 3-7 Crazy Concoctions Junior Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)
August 10-14 Pet Vet Summer Camp (4th-5th grades)


 Tech Byte

Follow Girlstart on Twitter
Birds of a feather tweet together--Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Girlstart news and chances to win great Girlstart prizes!

Girlstart Blog News
This month on our blog we explore Engineering Day at Austin Children's museum, look back on three fabulous years of Project IT girl, and get a sneak peek at Girlstart's upcoming summer camp. Check out our blog today!



Attention high school girls: Volunteer for Girlstart this summer!
Girlstart is now accepting applications from high school Sophomore, Junior, and Senior girls for our week-long summer camp volunteer positions. Summer camp volunteers assist behind the scenes helping to make our award winning summer camps a success! To be considered for this highly rewarding volunteer opportunity, please fill out the online application at If you have any questions about this volunteer position please contact Katie Miller at

 Job Opportunity

Girlstart is hiring an Executive Director
Founded in 1997, Girlstart serves girls in Austin by empowering them in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The organization seeks a visionary leader and experienced fundraiser to serve as our next Executive Director and take our organization to new levels of sustainability and excellence. Proven fundraising skills, business acumen, nonprofit and education experience, and collaborative leadership approach a must. Send letter of interest describing relevant experiences, resume, three references, and three-year salary history to by June 30, 2009. Visit for a detailed job description and additional information. No fax or phone calls please.

Did you know that 93% of girls who attended Girlstart Summer Camp in 2008 reported that Girlstart encouraged them to think about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math? Find out how you can help make this year's summer camps extra special by visiting our Online Wishlist.

Current Sponsors

Lucky Stars
FOX 7 KTBC Austin  &nbsp National Science Foundation

Super Stars
The Dell Foundation   AMD   Intel
  Silicon Laboratories   Texas State Technical College

Shining Stars
Exxon Mobil   Applied Materials   IBM  &nbsp
Motorola    Texas Pioneer Foundation
Google  Women's Fund of Central Texas

Rising Stars

YWA Foundation  Strake Foundation
National Instruments   BMC Software

Shooting Stars
3M   Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Pape Foundation
The Junior League of Austin   LCRA
Texas Gas Service  Grande Communications   Freescale

Girlstart gives girls the tools they need to be leaders of their generation. Help a girl change the world. Give to Girlstart now!

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