Girls at TIC
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A staggering 80% of future jobs will require a STEM education. More than 75% of working women feel that participating in sports enhances their self-image. Despite being incredibly capable of success in both STEM fields and athletic pursuits, girls drop out of science, math, and sports at alarming rates as they grow up, particularly during adolescence. Studies have shown many reasons for this decrease in interest, ranging from reduced access to social pressures and even lack of visible role models.
At TIC, we strongly believe in how beneficial the skills and the confidence gained through studying technology and participating in sports can be for all gender identities. We also recognize, however, that there is a serious inequity that needs to be remedied. Because of this, we are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where all campers are encouraged to cultivate their individual interests in sports and technology free of social stigma. All of our staff are trained to recognize and be sensitive to the barriers that disproportionately impact only part of our camp community. TIC also buys in to the idea that, “if you can see it, you can be it”, which is why we hire exceptional female athletes, scientists, programmers, and artists.
As part of our efforts, TIC has partnered with Girls on the Run in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, and Washington DC. In addition this year, we are starting a new program at all 3 camp locations called “GROW” (Girls Rock Our World), where all our female-identifying campers will have the opportunity to eat lunch together with some of our female staff twice a week. Creating these opportunities, to find common ground between women, is a validating and confidence-building experience, and TIC wants to provide an intentional space where girls can share their interests, ideas and challenges.
The GROW program in DC will also offer a pilot after-camp club for female-identifying campers of all ages. Inspirational speakers, lively discussion topics, and teambuilding activities will empower and teach useful tools for combating perceptions and other hurdles that discourage young women from pursuing STEM and sports. This club will meet once a week and will be offered at no extra cost. More details to come soon!
In addition, be sure to check out this video about Girls at TIC!
“My daughter loves TIC. The counselors are absolutely fantastic. They are creative, supportive, and fun. Their willingness to star in kids’ movies is wonderful. They showed genuine interest in my daughter’s interests and genuine affection for her as a human being”— 2014 Parent Survey
“My daughter has loved TIC for the past 4 years. She’s loved the many friends she has made and all the different activities for sports and technology. She has only good things to say about the counselors, and enjoys each session she attends TIC.”– 2015 Parent Survey