Middle-School Youth Programs

Middle-School Youth Programs is a strategic female-only initiative tailored to middle-school girls to enhance their competence and confidence in innovation and leadership. In a collaborative, supportive and creative environment, girls entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade explore science, technology, environment, civic engagement, communication and arts. We invite girls to uncover their potential, prepare for higher education and discover unexplored career paths.

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Girls stand in front of a NASA aircraft at Wallops Island during GIA 2017

Program Highlights

  • The three-week summer program is held at Salisbury University, an award-winning “green” campus.
  • Both sessions focus on leadership, communication, technology and innovation.
  • Each week, the group travels to off-campus sites to learn about technology in action – including NASA and high-tech businesses.
  • Leadership training includes creating and presenting vision boards, social media identity and safety, bias and perceptions, nonverbal power, relational support and networks, media myths of women, conflict resolution, college readiness, cultural diversity, improvisation, and team building through outdoor leadership activities.
  • Computer-lab training features stop-motion video, soundtrack recording, 3D printing, light-board video, web design, blogging, Slack, information literacy, online education and poster design.
  • Campus tours involve IT, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative, Perdue Hub Entrepreneurship Center, Henson Medical Simulation Center, sustainable buildings, beehives, neuroscience lab, BEACON, solar energy stations, TV and audio production studios, and art galleries.

Limited financial assistance is available. To apply for a Children's Home Foundation campership grant please download and mail in this form. Assistance through GIA can be requested when filling out the online registration.

Piedmont Airlines Headquarters tour - still

Click on the picture above to see video of our tour of Piedmont Airlines Headquarters
at Salisbury Regional Airport!