Staff Spotlight: Julianna Obie, Manager – Albany site

One could almost say Juli’s everywhere!

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Aside from her weekday job as Albany’s site manager, Schenectady resident Julianna Obie works most weekends for Equinox, an Albany non-profit that provides human services in Albany county. In its domestic violence shelter, Juli helps adults relocate and find resources for themselves and their children. She also helps in the teen outreach center, where she engages and builds relationships with urban teens in need of support and guidance. 

For “Curvention,” a curvy women’s annual fashion show held locally, Juli secures hundreds of donations of stylish clothing in curvy women’s sizes, which she says aren’t easy to find. “It’s all about positive body image, female empowerment, and trying to break the stereotypes that larger women are given,” says Obie, who has since started her own image and styling company for curvy women which she calls Demi O. Her mission is to thwart the misconceptions about curvy women and help them increase their self-confidence.

And there’s more! Juli works with R.A.P.I.D., a book club that coordinates community events and raises funds for domestic violence awareness. 

A member of the Girls Inc. staff for 15 years, Juli is a graduate of Schenectady High School, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences from SUNY Albany, where she majored in communications and rhetoric.       


Summer is approaching… and so is summer camp!

Girls Inc.’s “Summer Fun” summer  camp, sponsored by National Grid,  begins soon! Schenectady’s four-  week session runs June 29 through  July 24; our Albany center offers a  six-week session from July 6  through August 14. A different  theme each week is the focus of  camp activities for girls entering  kindergarten through 8th grade. 

With STEM education partners GE  and Time Warner Cable, Summer Fun 2015 will center on these themes:102

Are We There Yet?
Body in Motion
Baking with Chemistry
Lights, Camera, Action

Albany’s session will include all of the above, plus:
CSI
Nutritious and Delicious

Participation is $100 per week; scholarships are available on a limited basis. The deadline for receipt of all completed paperwork and payment for all sessions is Thursday, July 2. 

To register your daughter to attend camp in our Albany center, please bring your registration form and payment to the Albany site between the hours of 2pm and 6pm weekdays. To attend camp in the Schenectady center, bring your registration form to the Schenectady site from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

For additional information, our administrative offices in Schenectady can be reached at 518/374-9800.


Capital Region to host Eureka!® interns

Approximately 50 local girls in grades 10 and 11 will be immersed in 4-week internships at businesses and organizations in the Capital Region this summer. It’s all part of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s free, five-year STEM-based Eureka!® program with Girls Inc. which feeds girls’ STEM-based interests in preparation for post-secondary studies in these career fields.

One activity is required each month during the school year to remain active in the Eureka! program. Some of those activities have included a SEFCU headquarters tour and assisting with MiSci’s children’s programs and butterfly house. Girls explored physics by putting their knowledge into motion at Albany’s Flight Trampoline Park, and delved into computer science with coding workshops.

College tours are also part of the Eureka! program and after visits to RPI and Siena, SUNY student volunteers prepared a girls’ day event. More college tours are planned, as well as a visit to the Latham orthodontics practice of Dr. Robin Lozman.

About 70 girls comprise the program’s three cohorts. More than 30 have applied for cohort four.

227Last summer, these girls from the first Eureka! cohort completed their first of 3 four-week internships as part of the FREE, five-year Eureka! program. This summer, both the first and second cohorts, about 50 girls, will be interning at STEM-related placements in the Capital Region as they prepare for college and STEM careers.


Signature Sponsor goes to new heights!

It’s a great time to get outside and see the sights. Did you happen to “see” the marquee at the corner of Erie Blvd. and State St. in Schenectady? Thank you to our friends at GE for sharing this message as well as continuing to support our mission of inspiring ALL girls to be strong, smart, and bold!

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Thanks to the support of our many corporate partners, businesses, and individuals, local girls have educational opportunities that will enable them to become independent and self-sufficient women.

These corporate partners provide financial support that maintains our programs throughout the entire year. Girls Inc. would like to say Thank You for your generous and continuous support and your belief in the work we do for local girls.


2015 Summer Fun Programs

Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region is pleased to announce our summer programs for 2015! We welcome girls to join us in a variety of programs and activities geared to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold!

Summer Fun offers girls an exciting array of activities at our centers in Schenectady and Albany! Girls will explore, discover and imagine as they engage in fun, interactive and hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

Applications are available online!

Schenectady Summer Fun Flyer

Albany Summer Fun Flyer