Junior Girls Day Out Made History  With “Junior Girls Olympics 2013″!

JGDO Olympic Swimming Event, July 20, 2013 Junior Girls Day Out Community Project was honored to be the first ever in South Carolina to design and launch a Junior Girls Olympics featuring sports and food nutrition events that promote healthy living lifestyles for girls, ages 6-12 years old. As girls were introduced to a variety of sports and healthy foods, they were inspired and empowered to take their fitness and healthy eating skills to another level.  In it’s first summer, over 350 aspiring young girls from 77 elementary schools, middle schools, and home schools participated in 40 sports and healthy food events.  They were encouraged and enriched by United States Olympics Guests Speakers, Sports Superstars, Celebrity Chefs, Local Sports Professionals, and others!  What an excitement is was for girls to perform in November at a Georgia State University half-time football game in the Georgia Dome! Girls were amazed when they were selected for a golf team that will play golf in France!  Additionally, our first ever Junior Girls Olympics Culinary Team is getting ready to serve up tasty and delectable dishes as they travel across the southeast, participate in cooking exhibitions and showcase their nutritional good eats!   Junior Girls Olympics 2013 kicked off with an explosion, and we anticipate greater accomplishments in the lives of the girls. Here’s a cool media story: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130827/PC1211/130829496.  This is a FREE program for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  If you would like to make a contribution to this program, please click the donation button at the bottom of this page.   “JUNIOR GIRLS OLYMPICS” REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 2014, PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 2014. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AWESOME 2013 SPECIAL GUESTS WHO MADE AN IMMEASURABLE IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF THE GIRLS!   Kate Borg (U.S. Olympic Swimming Team), Celebrity Chef Laurie Erickson (Dr. Oz TV Show & Former Chef of President George Bush), Coach Curtis Frye (World Championship Committee, U.S. Olympic Coach & U.S. Track & Cross Country Hall of Fame Inductee), Shelby Rogers (Tennis Superstar), and Caroline Queen (Featured in Above Photo: U.S. Olympic Kayak Team, Youngest Female Selected for any Olympic team in U.S. history). 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AWESOME 2013 PARTNERS OF THIS PROGRAM!  Bishop England High School, Charleston Battery Soccer Team, Charleston Southern University, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, College of Charleston, C3 Cheer & Dance, DAE Foundation, Daniel Island Community Association, Daniel Island Women’s Network, Eat This!, First Tee of Greater Charleston, Georgia State University, Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel, Honeycomb Cafe, I’On Club, Juice Plus, Medical University of South Carolina, MVP Volleyball Club, Northwoods Belk, Old Navy, Porter-Gaud School, Rob Byko Photography, Southern Season Cooking School, Starbucks, The Citadel Military College, The Foot Store, The Main Squeeze Fresh Juices & Smoothies, Totally Fit, Trader Joe’s, Waterproof Swimming Program, and Whole Foods.  

 

Junior Girls Literacy Explosion!

We have taken literacy to a whole new level with our Junior Girls Literacy Explosion! which is a fun and exciting program that focuses on vocabulary, reading, writing, and speaking skills enrichment for girl, ages 6-12 years old.   The program’s goal is to ignite a fire and passion in girls to want to read and learn more about literacy.  Through out the program, girls learn there is more to literacy than reading.  We have designed and feature nineteen (19) fun-infused literacy activities.  Thus far, more than 400 girls have been enriched through this program.  Our organization is honored to feature Special Guest Author Kate Boehm Jerome, and her “Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know” book series.  We were delighted to be the first ever organization in our state to sponsor the South Carolina Read-a-thon for girls! Excitement was growing as girls around the state participated in reading and spelling competitions. The top achievers in each region traveled to Charleston to compete in a finale event at The Citadel Military College.  We were highly honored that International Speaker Bernice A. King (daughter of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.) came and shared timeless and invaluable knowledge and experiences to help enrich and empower the lives of girls. Girls of all ages enjoy our signature Charleston Treasure Hunts which entails them reading about Charleston, SC historic places, visiting these places in search of treasures, and winning shopping sprees, pizza, ice cream, and skating parties prizes.  Girls were in awe when City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. participated in the 2012 program.  Excitement is in the air about our new program activity, “Will the Real Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Please Stand Up”!  Girls will read and research historic information about our famous Mayor Riley.  At the event, imposters will try to convince girls that they are Mayor Riley, and girls will have to determine who is the real Mayor Riley.

A very popular literacy program activity is our TV & Radio Commercial Project which provides a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn how to write, edit and produce commercials.  We have conducted commercial writing competitions and one winner’s commercial was produced by WCBD NBC TV-2!  Girls have visited WCBD NBC TV-2, WCIV ABC TV-4, and WCSC CBS TV-5 to see first-hand how the commercials are produced. Additional features of this literacy program include the following: Internet TV & Radio Show Designs, Book Designs & Book Signings, Savannah Day Trips, Computer Design Projects, New York Literacy Adventure,  Recipe Designs & Cooking Events, Power-Point Designs, After-School Literacy Enrichment, Public Speaking, Girls Achievement Breakfasts, and more!  As you can tell, we offer tons of fun and enriching literacy activities for girls. Please check out one of our media stories at the following link: http://thecolletonian.com/local-student-wins-state-spelling-competition-others-treated-to-meal/ This is a FREE program for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  If you would like to contribute to this program, please click the donation button at the bottom of this page.  JUNIOR GIRLS LITERACY EXPLOSION!” REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 2014, PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 2014

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AWESOME SUPPORTERS OF THIS PROGRAM!  Author Kate Boehm Jerome, Beauty Queen Jada Orr, Bi-Lo, Borden Dairy Company of SC, Business America USA, Center for Women, Charleston County Public Library, Charleston County School District, Charleston Tea Plantation, Chick-fil-A, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, College of Charleston, Communities in Schools (Savannah, GA), Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Judge Deadra Jefferson & Office, Leland Farms, Lizard’s Thicket (Columbia, SC), McDonald’s, Newton Farms, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Old Savannah Tours, P. F. Chang’s, Piggly Wiggly, Public Speaker Patrice Smith, Publix, Rick Hendricks Dealerships, Royalty Catering by Elizabeth, Sea Island Chamber of Commerce, S. C. Department of Education, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Target, The Citadel Military College, US Foods, Walmart, Wild Dunes Resort, Wild Olive Restaurant, WCBD TV-2, WCIV TV-4, and WCSC TV-5.   

Junior Girls Beauty Queen Charm School

20131012_150357New York!  New York!  Here we come!  Girls will be afforded the awesome opportunity to model and showcase the most exquisite fashion designs in our very first “Junior Girls Day Out New York Fashion Show” as a feature of this program!  The goal and objective of this program is to offer a series of inspiring and enriching activities that will help build the confidence and self-esteem of girls, ages 5-12 years old. More than 200 girls have participated in this program since we designed and showcased it in 2011. We are so honored to feature Beauty Queens of the Miss South Carolina USA Pageant who will partner with girls in their stroll down success lane. Girls will participate in fashion shows, mentoring luncheons, charm school, etiquette classes, self-esteem workshops, modeling sessions and more.  Selected girls will attend their very first Miss South Carolina USA Beauty Pageant.   As a new component to our program, community women will partner with girls in designing and executing community service projects.  Giving back to their communities is a wonderful way to help build the self-esteem and confidence of young girls.   Our organization will host our first star-studded red carpet affair…our Girls Choice Awards 2014.  Girls will nominate, vote, and honor women and girls at this affair who have made outstanding contributions in their communities, workplaces, homes, and schools.

Countless young girls are constantly challenged with bullying, many on a daily basis! As an organization we are determined to win the war on bullying among girls! Anti-bullying after-school workshops will be conducted in various communities throughout the tri-county area. Additionally, we will host an Anti-bullying Town Hall Meeting as a means of zeroing in on the problem, identifying solutions, and implementing ways to stop this tragedy that is killing and robbing the future of our youth. This is a FREE program for girls, ages 5-12 years old.  If you would like to make a contribution to this program, please click the donation button at the bottom of this page.  “JUNIOR GIRLS BEAUTY QUEEN CHARM SCHOOL” REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 2014, PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 2014. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AWESOME PARTNERS OF THIS PROGRAM!  Belk, Books-a-million, Charleston County Department of Social Services, Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Chick-fil-A, Citadel Mall, City of North Charleston, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Finish Line Shoes, Gymboree, Hampton Inn & Suites, J C Penney, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Lenscrafters, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Miss South Carolina USA Pageant, Northwoods Mall, Rob Byko Photography, Starbucks, Treasures Accessories, and Zonta Club of Charleston.  

Junior Girls Talent Search & Talent Showcase

Lights!  Camera!  Action!  The spotlight will be on girls to shine brilliantly as we launch our very first talent search and talent showcase for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  Professional artists and instructors will conduct workshops in singing, dancing, acting, instrumentals, TV producing, inventions, modeling and more. Once girls have perfected talent skills, they will take to the stage and showcase what they learned during the workshops.  An online voting campaign will be conducted allowing the community to vote and select the girls who will travel to Hollywood, CA to attend a Kids TV Show!  WOW!!  This is a FREE program for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  If you would like to make a contribution to this program, please click the donation button at the bottom of this page.  JUNIOR GIRLS TALENT SEARCH & TALENT SHOWCASE” REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 2014, PROGRAM BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2014.    

Enrichment Trips 2014

JGDO Cooking2Enrichment Trips 2014 are going to be explosive!  We can’t wait to hit the road to New York, Florida, Washington, DC, Hershey, PA and Disney Cruise! More than seventy-five (75) girls will participate in educational enrichment sessions as preparation for these trips. The experiences the girls will enjoy are going to be priceless! When we visit Washington, DC, we aspire to tour the White House which would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the girls! Girls will visit Congressional Offices, United States Capitol, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument and more.  They will also be Special Guests at a Royal Luncheon!  Girls are going to have an awesome time on the New York trip!  They will visit the Rockefeller Center, Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, M&M World, FAO Schwarz Toy Store and more!  The girls’ etiquette skills will be showcased as they dine at a New York City Tea Party hosted by Special Friends of New York. They will learn the importance of giving back as they participate in a Community Service Project. You might even get a peek of the girls waving outside at the NBC Morning Show! Our signature trip to Florida is always a favorite one! Girls will visit the Kennedy Space Center where they will learn about astronauts, tour the center, experience a thrilling ride in a simulator space shuttle, and have lunch with an astronaut.  The fun continues in Orlando when girls enjoy hands-on enrichment fun with a nature preservation project.  They will also visit Universal City Walk, WonderWorks, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Wet & Wild, the World’s Largest McDonald’s and more!  

Hershey, PA is a new travel destination for us as we roll into Chocolate City. Girls are going to be in awe when they visit Hershey Garden’s Butterfly House and experience hundreds of butterflies fluttering around them!  Soo Cool! They will also visit “The Hershey Story” museum and learn about the history of Hershey, it’s creator, and sample chocolates from around the world.  Girls will surely become famous when they visit Hershey’s Chocolate World and create authentic Hershey’s chocolate bars featuring their photos and girl power slogans on candy wrapper covers!  Girls can expect plenty of laughter and amusement fun at Hershey Park.  The Disney Cruise is going to be an absolute thrill for the girls!  Who doesn’t want to meet Mickey Mouse and other animated Disney characters?  Girls will enjoy a day of festivities at Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  They will also enjoy tons of cool water fun activities, games, movies and more!  All of these trips are FREE for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  Please check our website periodically for fundraising events for these trips.  Also, if you would like to sponsor a girl(s) or make a contribution to this program, please click the donation button at the bottom of this page.  “ENRICHMENT TRIPS” START DATES ARE JUNE 2014. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AWESOME PARTNERS OF THIS PROGRAM! Cruise Planners (Charleston, SC) and Spring Hill Suites (Hershey, PA).

Get Ready Volunteers for Thrills and Excitement!

We are gearing up for the launching of our 2014 program activities including our signature programs…..Geek Squad Summer Academy, Junior Girls Olympics Sports & Food Series, Junior Girls Literacy Explosion, Beauty Queen Charm School, and Junior Girls Enrichment Trips. Girls have been raving about our new program…Junior Girls Talent Search and Showcase…which includes a Girls Celebrity Trip to Hollywood, California!   WOW!!  Girls will be afforded the opportunity to participate in about 50 FREE enrichment activities this year.

We invite you to please join us and other volunteers at our Quarterly Volunteer Meeting on Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00am-11:30am, at the Charleston County Library, located 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The meeting will entail a 2014 Programs Presentation, Specific Program Break-out Sessions, Team Sign-ups, Volunteer Registration, Light Refreshments, Door Prizes and more. Our Grand Door Prize is a Spiritline Dinner Cruise!

If you are available to attend the Volunteer Meeting, please click the following link and sign-up at our Sign-up Genius site: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-quarterly  Please feel free to give us a call at (843) 864-3399 or email us at JGDO2007@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need additional information about Volunteer Opportunities.     

New Junior Girls Day Out Website Coming Soon!  

JGDO is excited to announce our website is in redesign, and we look to launch it this year.  The new site will be fun, interactive and informative, with photos and videos of our different activities and events.  We’re sure you’ll love it…stay tuned! Until then, be sure to follow Junior Girls Day Out on Twitter, and Like us on Facebook to get up to date information and announcements.

Please Donate to Junior Girls Day Out

All Junior Girls Day Out Community Project program activities, program materials, trips, meals, and transportation are FREE to all participating girls. We apply the majority of donations directly to our program activities and minimal donations to organization operations.   We are presently an all volunteer organization, therefore no funds are used for employee salaries and benefits. Our organization will offer about 50 program activities for girls this year. Please consider making a contribution to our organization to help us continue our mission of enriching the lives of aspiring young girls.  There are several ways you can contribute: General Contributions, Monthly Partners, Girls Sponsors, Program Sponsors, In-kind Contributions, Professional Services, Gas Cards, and Gift Cards.  Every little bit helps us in achieving our mission of educating, encouraging, and empowering young girls.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, please click the Donate Button below to make your secure donation through PayPal. If you would prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to Junior Girls Day Out Community Project, and mail to: P.O. Box 30503, Charleston, SC 29417.  If you are interested in making an in-kind or any other type of contribution, please contact our organization at (843)608-8719 or you may email our organization at JGDO2007@yahoo.com. Thank you for your support and contributions to our organization!

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