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2017 Civics & Science Day at the Capital Challenges 100 TUSD Middle School Girls to Celebrate Arizona Women in History

Civics and Science Day at the Capital

with TUSD Girls on May 22, 2017

2017 Civics & Science Day Tour at the Capital

Challenges 100 TUSD Middle School Girls to

Celebrate Arizona Women in History

Overview: My Girl Power, a not-for profit project currently under the John P. Bell Family Foundation, co-sponsored a field trip to the state capital for about 100 middle school girls from 3 schools on May 22, 2017. This is a TUSD planned field trip that My Girl Power will help both fund and plan. Funding made possible through a generous grant from the Casino Del Sol Resort, Seiwala Golf Course, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, who are very interested in helping support programs that build stronger female leaders, starting with girls.

Objectives: The mission of My Girl Power is to impact the gender disparity rates in the private and public leadership roles by encouraging k-12 girls to engage in the sports, arts, science, health, civics and finance opportunities in their communities. For example, for the past two years, My Girl Power has hosted a group of local high school girls on an all expense trip to New York City and Washington DC, for up close access to the centers of finance and voice, and learning about the women, who have left their marks on history.

Who is involved: Lucy Howell, My Girl Power Founder/Chair, along with Larry Sakin, My Girl Power Foundational Advisor and Civics Expert, have been working with Destiny Grigsby, a Student Success Specialist of the African American Studies Department, based out of Booth Fickett, Jimmy Hart, Director of TUSD African American Studies, and Pam Francis of the Educational Enrichment Foundation, to help make this happen. We will also included Directors of Native American and Hispanic Student Success Teams, as well, representing 4 participating middle schools from Tucson Unified School District.

"We also feel it is very important to expose middle school girls to women who have left their marks on history and think that a sponsored day trip to our state capital and Arizona Science Center is the perfect way to do that, especially when combined with VIP introductions and access to real leaders currently working in our communities"

- Lucy Howell, My Girl Power Co-founder/Chair

Proposed Schedule:

8:00 am - Leave Tucson

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Capital Building, Meet a Legislator, & Memorial Grounds Tour

12:00 – 12:45 pm - Find your Fem-tor Challenge Lunch

1:00p pm – 3:00 pm - Visit at the Arizona Science Center, focusing on Health, Earth and Space

3:00 pm – Depart Phoenix

5:00 pm – Arrive back in Tucson

*Students will bring their own lunch

Projects and Challenges will include:

  • Find your Fem-Tor Challenge – Finding 5 Women from Arizona History to learn about
  • Let’s Make April Arizona Women in History Month – Alongside the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame Executive Director, Jane Rosenbaum, we will learn how to write a Proclamation to the Governor, asking him to declare April as Arizona Women in History Month, starting in 2018, which will follow the Nationally recognized Women in History Month.  The girls will learn how their voices and actions can make an impact and create legacy for those in the future.  We will take a photo in front of the State Capital, giving credit to all who participated in helping to make this happen
  • Suffrage 101 Quiz – 5 Points that ALL middle and high school girls should know about Women’s History

Main Contact: Lucy Howell, My Girl Power Founder/Chair – 520 878-6683 or lucy@mygirlpower.org

About My Girl Power

My Girl Power Project Originally founded as a project under the Pima County Tucson Women's Commission, a 501c3 organization, in October 2013 and now stands as a project under the John P. Bell Family Foundation, a 501c3 not-for profit organization whose mission includes bridging access and resources to k-12 girls to ensure equal access to opportunities.

My Girl PowerTM is a multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-media, and research- based platform that aggregates community partners to help deliver these four key messages to k-12 girlsstarting in Pima County, Arizona, then growing beyond:

Know MY Voice, Own MY Health, Flex MY Wings, and Leave MY Mark.

Starts with a SASH Survey

#MyCivicsGirl Challenges

#MyScienceGirl Challenges

Resources for Exploring

Arizona Women in History

Please help support future field trips celebrating

Women in History by purchasing a Limited Edition

My Arizona Civics Girl t-shirt

or My Civics Girl bracelet below.

100% net proceeds benefit My Civics Girl Tours and Workshops

After the trip...

"What a great way for Booth-Fickett Middle School girls to end the school year with a Civics and Science Day at the state Capitol. Making a huge impact on the lives of my students is something I always wanted to do. This will be a memorable experience for all the students to continue to push for success and work hard to fulfill greatness. If there was ever a doubt in any of the girl’s minds that they couldn’t be something in life because they are girls, I truly hope the message from Senator Katie Hobbs changes it all. Not only is she just our state senator, she is a social worker and a person who isn't afraid to advocate for all people. She is a phenomenal leader."

Destiny Grigsby

African American Studies Department

Student Success Specialist

Tucson Unified School District

"The fantastic trip sponsored by Lucy Howell, founder of My Girl Power, provided an enriching introduction of gender disparity awareness and increased knowledge of lawmaking policies and procedures to the girls and staff from Booth-Fickett, Doolen, and Mansfeld Middle Schools. What an excellent learning experience and day at the State Capital and Arizona Science Center.

Thank you Ms. Howell, you made a difference!"

Marilyn McGlory AKA MJ

"What a great way to end the year! My Girl Power gave an amazing opportunity for Booth-Fickett, Doolen, and Mansfeld Middle school girls to learn about Civics and Science! This was a trip I'm sure they won't forget! Thank you Lucy Howell and My Girl Power!!​"

My Girl Power gets some press for a special ping-pong table donation

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