Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

Summer Leadership Camps Offered in Partnership with GLOW Foundation

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, a sixth – twelfth grade single-gender school modeled after the successful Young Women’s Leadership Schools, opened in August with 100 sixth-grade girls. 

A Summer Leadership Academy was created in 2014 to serve as a recruitment pipeline and educational enrichment program for future GLOW Academy students. The program serves rising fifth grade students in New Hanover County.

Sue Kezios, director of UNCW Youth Programs, customized the MarineQuest and Engineering Expectations summer youth programs for the 2015 Summer Leadership Academy, and 20 young women participated in Youth Programs’ GLOW camps last year. In 2016, the program was expanded to include three UNCW GLOW camps, which were offered tuition-free to 63 students through a partnership between Youth Programs and the GLOW Foundation. The three 2016 camps included MarineQuest Coastal GEMS, Make Room for Girls in Engineering and a STEAM GLOW camp for arts integration. All three camps were a week-long experience, offered June 20-24.

At the end of the week, girls from each camp were asked to choose which activities they enjoyed the most – and from which they learned the most, Kezios said. Coastal GEMS reported that going to WWAY television station to learn how to report on the weather and then taking a boat trip to Masonboro Island, where they learned how weather can impact a barrier island, was the highlight of their camp. Make Room for Girls loved engineering door alarms and learned that “engineers don’t give up, they try and try again until they get it right.” The artists attending STEAM GLOW voted unanimously to rename their camp “Hard Art” after learning how to use makerspace tools to bring their designs into three dimensions. One of their favorite activities was designing and printing prosthetic beaks for injured birds.

The GLOW Academy posted a video about the girls’ experiences on Facebook. 

For information on UNCW’s Youth Programs visit uncw.edu/youth.

For information on the GLOW Academy visit glowacademy.net or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/youngwomenleading.org.

For information on the Summer Leadership Academy visit glowacademy.net/summer-leadership-academy.