Girl’s camp focuses on STEM

WARREN – The YWCA Summer Girl’s Camp focused on enhancing science, math and engineering skills for girls while also letting them enjoy fun learning activities and building self-esteem.

Kassey Nall, director of teen programs at the YWCA, said the five-week program had 32 girls ages 11 to 14 seeing different opportunities thanks to guest speakers and instructors in specialized areas.

Nall said a focus of the program was to address the lack of educational foundations in science, technology, engineering and math that girls do not receive in or outside of school.

”These are areas where inner-city girls possess deficient knowledge, encouragement and confidence. Our desire through the camp was to increase these girls’ abilities and chances of future academic success, leading to more a confident, self-assuring, healthier self-image.”

Nall said she saw changes in the girls over the summer as they gained leadership skills and growing in confidence.

She said there are plans to offer the program during the school year, possibly on Saturdays.

While science, engineering and technology activities included digital photography, bridge building, physical fitness and sewing; the arts included music and learning to play different musical instruments.

Another portion of the program was “Girl’s Circle,” in which the girls were exposed to different lessons, activities and discussions that focus on important areas of self-development.

Nall said high personal self-esteem and confidence are directly related to positive decision-making which is key to young girls being successful now and later in life.