2010 Summer Camp Funders
Generous funders, including the Otto Legacy Fund of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and members of the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF), including the Lilly Endowment Inc., Lumina Foundation for Education, Eli Lilly and Company, and the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, provided funding for Girls Inc.’s summer camp programs.
With their support, Girls Inc. delivered two summer camps for local girls, each filled with a variety of fun, hands-on, educational and empowering activities:
- Camp GEMS (Girls Energized by Math and Science) encouraged girls to learn about “Going Green.” Activities included learning about global warming, building models of alternative energy sources such as wind turbines, making paper, and exploring water pollution and the effects of oil spills.
- Our traditional Strong, Smart, Bold, and Inspired summer camp focused on the theme “Making Herstory” (girls’ and women’s history). In addition to learning about strong female historical figures, girls created their own businesses in Economic Literacy, practiced resolving conflicts peacefully in Work It Out, and more! Girl participant Tiffani, age 9, explained how the camp helped her develop self-confidence: “I used to be shy, and now it’s like I’m not really shy anymore.”
Many thanks to the summer camp funders who helped Girls Inc. provide summer camp programs and scholarships for girls:
- SYPF is a funding collaborative that supports summer programs that serve the youth in Marion County. The following SYPF collaborators provided $31,500 in support of Girls Inc.’s summer programs: Lilly Endowment Inc., the Indianapolis Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, and Eli Lilly and Company.
- The Otto Legacy Fund of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church provided a $4,000 grant in support of summer camp scholarships.
- The Central Indiana Community Foundation provided a grant from the Youth Working for Indy SYPF Fund, which supported our junior counselor program. Two former Girls Inc. participants were hired to serve as junior counselors, allowing them to remain engaged with Girls Inc. while developing their leadership skills.
- Many additional donors who donated to our scholarship fund. In total, Girls Inc. provided more than $24,000 in scholarships to 61 girls.