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Registration for Summer Fun is open!

Don’t forget to register for our Summer Fun program!

Click Here for the Schenectady Summer Fun Application

Click Here for the Albany Summer Fun Application

2018 Schenectady Summer Fun Sessions

Who: Girls entering Kindergarten through 8th grades
What: A spectacular 6 week Summer Fun program!
Where:
 962 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY
When: June 25th – August 3rd   9:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $115 per week or $210 for 2 weeks if paid in advance.  Scholarships available on a limited basis and the discount does NOT apply.

Session 1 (June 25 – June 39): “Baking with Chemistry” – Girls will investigate the basics of Chemistry as they bake delicious goods.

Session 2 (July 2-3 & July 5-6):  “Girls encourage”- Based on one of National’s curriculums, girls will be introduced to nontraditional activities and adventures. Activities promote fitness training, team building, and athletic participation.

Session 3 (July 9 – July 13): Headed for Greatness” – Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter, an EMT, a law enforcement office, a scientist, something in media production? Girls will explore many different career possibilities.

Session 4 (July 16 – July 20): Space and Beyond” – What is StarX and Falcon Heavy? Explore the universe, galaxies, stars, solar system, and beyond.

Session 5 (July 23- July 27): Construct It” – This week, girls will be doing multiple hands– on activities that demonstrate different types of construction work including architecture and engineering

Session 6 (July 30- August 4): Around the World in 5 Days” – Each day a different country is explored. The girls will lean about language, fashion, customs, and food of the world.

 

2018 Albany Summer Fun Sessions

Who: Girls entering Kindergarten through 8th grades
What: A spectacular 6 week Summer Fun program!
Where:
 301 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
When: July 9th – August 18th     9:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $115 per week or $210 for 2 weeks if paid in advance.  Scholarships available on a limited basis and the discount does NOT apply.

Session 1 (July 9 – July 13): Headed For Greatness” – Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter, an EMT, a law enforcement officer, a scientist, something in the media? Girls will explore many different career possibilities.

Session 2 (July 16 – July 20): Space and Beyond” – What is StarX and Falcon Heavy? Explore the universe, galaxies, stars, solar system, and beyond.

Session 3 (July 23 – July 27): Construct It” – This week, girls will be participating in hands–on activities that demonstrate different types of construction work including architecture and engineering

Session 4 (July 30 – August 3): Around the World in 5 Days” – Each day a different country will be explored. The girls will learn about language, fashion, customs, and food of the world.

Session 5 (August 6 – August 10): “Baking With Chemistry” – Girls will investigate the basics of Chemistry as they bake delicious goods.

Session 6 (August 13 – August 17): “Girls enCourage” – Based on one of National’s curriculums, girls will be introduced to nontraditional activities and adventures. Activities promote fitness training, team building, and athletic participation.

 

Head over to our Summer fun page for more information


Sneak Peek at our Silent Auction Items

Our 29th Annual Dinner and Auction is just around the corner! Here you’ll find information on our silent auction items and the businesses that donated them. Click the photos and you will be directed to the donor’s website or Facebook page.

Please remember that some of these items will not stand alone, but will be packaged with other items the night of the event.  We will provide regular updates as packages are developed! Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking HERE!

Lean, Mean, Global Cuisine – The Exotic Meats Crate from Man Crates

Cleaning up just got easier with this Toro Blower from All Seasons Equipment

Glamour Party for 8 girls and a fun-filled basket from Snip-Its in Guilderland

Lovely gift bag along with a gift certificate for a Hydrafacial from Accent on Skin

Great snacks and amazing sweets in a lovely bag from Impressions of Saratoga, the Everything Saratoga Store

Victoria’s Secret “Pamper Yourself” filled Tote Bag put together by Fit for Life Wellness

Duffle bag filled with a fitness kit, running belt, fitness journal, water bottle, gym towel, t-shirt, hat, and Yoga mat compliments of MVP Health Care

Everything your Furbaby could want including toys, treats, and a $25 gift certificate from Head-to-Tail

2 growlers, 2 free growler refills, 2 glasses, 2 t-shirts and a $25 gift certificate, great times from Albany Pump Station

Gift-filled basket guaranteed to start your morning off right from Starbucks Coffee Co.

   

A great looking basket filled with beer from DeCrescente Distributing Co.

Tee off with this awesome golf bag from Broadway Marketing

MicroKnowledge basket includes a certificate for a course, 2 software reference cards, a MicroKnowledge tech bag and more

Salon products and 2 haircuts from Paul Mitchell School 

“The Blue Vase”, a print by Paul Cezanne, donated by Morningside Gallery

The Olde English Pub Gift Basket

Wolff’s Biergarten Gift Basket

As of April 13, 2018, the following businesses and merchants have all donated to our Dinner & Auction. Their generous support helps empower girls in the Greater Capital Region. Please consider visiting these establishments to thank them for making a difference in our local communities!

  • Accent on Skin
  • Afrim’s Sports
  • Albany Pump Station
  • All Seasons Equipment
  • American Museum of National History
  • Arthur Murray Dance Centers
  • Ausable Chasm
  • Bella Napoli
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Black & Blue Steak and Crab
  • Broadway Marketing
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Casual Set
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Ciccotti Center
  • Crisp
  • Crossgates Mall
  • Dave & Buster’s
  • DeCrescente Distributing Co
  • Dexter Davis Photography & Films
  • Different Drummer’s Kitchen
  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari
  • Felthousen’s Florist
  • Ferri Formals & Bridals
  • Fit for Life Wellness
  • Flight Trampoline Park – Albany
  • G Willikers
  • Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Albany Downtown
  • Head-to-Tail
  • Healing Path Massage
  • Hy-Line Cruises
  • iSmile Studios
  • Johnny Tillerweed
  • Lake George Shoreline Cruises
  • Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant and Conference Center
  • Make Me Fabulous Salon
  • Man Crates
  • MASS MoCA
  • MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Mildred Elley
  • MiSci
  • Morningside Gallery
  • Mountain Ridge Adventure
  • MVP Health Care
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • National Museum Of Dance
  • National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
  • New England Aquarium
  • New World Bistro Bar
  • Nine Pin Cider
  • O’Connell Electric company Inc
  • Palace Theatre
  • Paul Mitchell School
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • RPI Athletics
  • Rumors Salon & Spa
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Silver Parrot
  • Smoke Signals
  • Snip-its
  • Sports Zone NY
  • Starbucks Coffee Co
  • The Body Shop
  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
  • The Olde Bryan Inn
  • The Olde English Pub
  • The Open Door Bookstore
  • The Pottery Place
  • The Wild Center
  • TNT Ballroom Dancing
  • TreePaad
  • Tri-City ValleyCats
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
  • Union College Athletics
  • Utica Zoo
  • Via Aquarium
  • Vivid
  • Wolff’s Biergarten
  • Wood Magazine
  • Yankee Trails

Spring Break FUN!

Are you all ready to have some FUN!  Our April week vacation program is approaching and it’s going to be exciting.

Who:
Girls in grades K-8

What:
This week girls will participate in activities that show the beauty of science. They will learn how certain dyes work (clothing vs. hair) and they will find the beauty in nature, such as flowers, rainbows, reflections/refractions, etc. Field trips include hiking and swimming

Where:
Albany Center
301 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12206

Schenectady Center
962 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12307

When:
Monday 4/2 – Friday 4/6
9 am – 5 pm
(Early drop off at 8:00 am is available upon request, $5 fee per day)

Cost:
$10-15 per day based on a sliding scale fee.
Due to limited spaces fee will increase $5 a day if registered and/or paid after 3/28)

Contact:
Administrative Office – 518-374-9800

To register:
April vac wk 2018

 

 

 


29th Annual Dinner & Auction

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region 

29th Annual Dinner & Auction
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia New York

Click here to purchase tickets!

Honorary Chair – Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank

Cocktail Reception 5:30 – 6:30                                     Dinner & Auction 6:30 – 8:30

 

Join us for our 29th Annual Dinner & Auction, held at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY.  We are thrilled to introduce Our Honorary Chair as Ruth Mahoney from KeyBank; Our Honoree as RBC Capital Markets for their Exceptional Support of our Eureka! Program; Our Emcee as Julie Chapman from Spectrum News; and Our Auctioneer as LeGrande Serras, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

Girls Inc. provides invaluable service to Capital Region girls. Taking a holistic approach to both mind and body, with programs designed to inspire girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold, we celebrate and empower girls and young women, and advocate for an equitable world.  Many have seen our impact first-hand, having met some of the young ladies who have currently enrolled and others who are alumnae of Girls Inc. programs.

Girls Inc. girls are confident, speak their minds, and no matter what their age, they have goals and a plan to achieve them — amazing!

Please join us in celebrating Girls Inc.’s programs for local girls at this year’s Dinner & Auction. In doing so you will make it possible for Girls Inc. to continue offering the quality programs which parents say is the major reason they entrust their daughters to Girls Inc.

A warm heartfelt thank you to all our generous sponsors!

 

 

 


Donation of New Books

 

A shout out to Nikdai Buckley from Rite Aid at 1108 State Street here in Schenectady! He stopped by the other day with boxes of books for our member girls to enjoy.  There is nothing better than the gift of learning! His gift of $2,200 in books will be a great resource for many years to come.

Thank you Nikdai and thank you Rite Aid!

 


Winter Fun in the Adirondacks

Our winter trip to the Adirondacks

Girls Inc members and staff arrived safely back after a wonderful overnight trip to the Adirondacks.  They started out bright and early at 6:45 on Saturday morning (yes, they braved the storm). After making a brief stop at the Dewey Mt. Recreation Center to pick up John Reschovsky, Chris Morris, and some local youth, they arrived at The Wild Center at 11:00 am.

For the rest of the day, the girls enjoyed looking around The Wild Center, activities based on maple sugaring, snowshoeing to John’s Cabin in the Corey’s and then dinner and a movie.

On Sunday, after a wonderful waffle breakfast and more exploring they were on their way home again.  Spirits were high and smiles all the way home as a sign of a great weekend away for these girls.

A special thank you goes out to John Reschovsky (Girls Inc. Board Member), Chris Morris (Adirondack Foundation) and The Wild Center for organizing this amazing adventure for the girls.  Thank you!

If you would like more information please contact Diana, Director of Programs at 518-374-9800 x ext. 232 or by email at [email protected]


Join us for Creating with STEAM!

February Vacation Week: 2/20/18-2/23-18

 

Who: Girls in grades K-8

What: During this week girls will spend each day learning about and creating science fair projects. They   will have the opportunity to create hover crafts, phases of the moon, solar systems, and test the buoyancy of water by stacking. Field trips will include: The Aquarium & Swimming.

 

Where:                         Albany Center                                   Schenectady Center

                                          301 Washington Ave.                    962 Albany Street

                                           Albany, NY 12206                       Schenectady, NY 12307

When:                           Tuesday 2/20 – Friday 2/23     9am – 5pm

                                        (Early drop off available upon request, $5 fee per day)

 

Cost:                              $10-15 per day based on a sliding scale fee.

                                      (due to limited spaces fee will increase $5 a day if registered and/or paid after 2/14)

 

Contact:                     Administrative Office – 374-9800

Click here for registration form


Registration is still open!

It is not too late to register for afterschool programs in Schenectady & Albany.

Stop in to register at the Schenectady Site, Monday- Friday, 9am-6pm or at the Albany 2pm-6pm. You will need to complete a registration packet & sign up for kids corner (K-2nd) or sign up for programs (3rd-12th)

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 518-374-9800

Feel free to take a look at our program schedules before you stop by:

Schenectady Spring 2018 Schedule

Albany Spring 2018 Schedule


10th Annual Girls’ Summit

What is the Girls’ Summit?

The Girls’ Summit is a free, full day forum for and about girls and STEM. The event is designed to empower, inspire and inform girls to better prepare for their future. As Tech Valley continues to grow, we need to continually address the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The Girls’ Summit focuses on STEM studies, careers and fields, and the development of girls into the next generation of leaders and problem solvers.

2017 Theme & Audience

For 2017, our focus was Flexing your STEM muscle. What can girls do with STEM? Literally anything – she might go on to be a programmer, doctor, anthropologist, designer, president, pastry chef, or anything in between. By learning skills in STEM, every girl can build the foundational problem solving, creativity, and communication skills that will help her succeed and stay competitive in whatever she chooses to do.

This year there were 175 7th grade girls from  Ballston Spa and Niskayuna school districts, in attendance. Our goal was to expose girls in their middle school years to positive and engaging experiences with science, technology, engineering, and math. For girls, this is a critical age and stage of their development and Girls’ Summit is designed to stimulate a curiosity, interest, and connection to the fields of STEM. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities both today and for the future

Venue :

Each year, we collaborate with a local college/university for the location of the summit in order to provide girls a taste of the college experience. For our 10th annual summit, on December 18th, we are thrilled to once again partner with and host the event at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies), a campus located in Malta.  The state-of-the-art TEC-SMART facility will allow for exciting learning opportunities and will inform girls about college and career decisions as they relate to STEM and the Capital Region. 

Workshops: The day include 8 different workshops, developed and facilitated by our community partners & Girls Inc. staff. The community partners included MiSci, CMOST, GE, Cornell Cooperative Ext., & Wadsworth.

 

Thank you to the sponsors Adirondack Community Trust Foundation, The Niskayuna Foundation & Hudson Valley Community College Tec-Smart !

Thank you to our community partners: MiSci, CMOST, GE, Cornell Cooperative Ext.,  &Wadsworth.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the Girls’ Summit next year, please contact Kerry Gribbon, Grant Development & partnerships manager at 518-374-9800 ext. 225 or [email protected]

 

 


Holiday & Gift Shops are almost here!

 

The Gift Shop offers members the opportunity to purchase and wrap items for gift giving, at the cost of 25¢ per item. Members are allowed to purchase items for their immediate family only; parents/guardians, grandparents, sisters and brothers. This year there will be a limit of 6 gifts per member. Names of eligible family members must be recorded on the permission slip and returned on or before Friday, December 1st. All girls will shop on a first come basis.

Schenectady’s Holiday & Gift Shop

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  

2:30-5:45pm

 

Albany’s Holiday & Gift Shop

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

2:30-5:30pm

 

 

All staff will be assisting with the Gift Shop; therefore all regular activities are cancelled.

 

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer on the day or would like to drop off a donation for either Holiday shop, please contact Diana Suits at 374-9800 ext. 232.