The “Junior Girls International Festival” Was Awesome Fun for the Girls! 

Our NEW Junior Girls Beauty Queen Charm School’s “Junior Girls International Festival” was amazing this past Saturday!  In addition to building self-esteem and confidence in young girls, it also provided a wonderful educational experience for girls to learn about other cultures and countries. During November, approximately 150 girls designed International outfits for their doll babies.  About 100 of the girls were over-excited as they modeled with their dolls in the Fashion Show this past Saturday!  Girls also were enriched through our International Booth Exhibits, International Lunch, Girl Power Parade of Countries, Red Carpet Walk, Photo Shoot and more!  We were honored to feature some of Charleston’s finest Fashion Designers for this program.  It was standing room only as “2014 Young Innovator Award Winner” Fashion Designer Regina Ileta showcased to girls her Italy and New York inspired fashions and provided hands-on instruction for designing the doll outfits. Noelle Stanley, 2014 Charleston Fashion Week “Top 20 Emerging Designer” and “People’s Choice Award Winner”, took center stage as she taught girls specialty skills for designing outfits for dolls.  We are absolutely thrilled that The Art Institute of Charleston partnered with our organization by providing student volunteers as well as hosting our Junior Girls International Festival.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Aiden’s Fabrics, Ali Baba’s Deli & Catering, Alliance Francaise Charleston, Athens Restaurant & Grill, Barsa Restaurant, Basil’s Thai Restaurant, Bay Street Biergarten Restaurant, Charleston County School District Teachers & Administrators, Chopsticks House, Complete Music of Charleston, Hannah Craig (CofC Intern), Dorchester County School District, Fashion Designer Regina Ileta, Fashion Designer Noelle Stanley, Fast & French Restaurant, Harris Teeter, Juanita Greenberg’s Restaurant, Olive Garden Restaurant, Molly Darcy Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s, Rob Byko Photography, Snyder Events, Stitch n’ Sew Fabrics, Target, The Art Institute of Charleston, Volunteers, and Walmart.  

 

Junior Girls Day Out is Taking “Junior Girls Olympics” To The Next Level!

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 in 2013, 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!  This year girls are going back to Georgia State University to perform during a half-time football game in the Georgia Dome! Girls are in awe about learning how to play golf and playing in golf tournaments over in France!  They will work in teams to design and build a 100-food submarine sandwich!  Yum Yum!  They will also participate in blind-fold food tasting, label reading, veggie & fruit fun events, and food scavenger hunts.  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 are anticipating even greater things this year!  If you would like to read about what girls did last year, please check out this cool media story: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130827/PC1211/130829496. This is a FREE program for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Amy Beischel (MUSC Dietetic Intern), Bi-Lo, Blackbeard’s Cove, Bombay Bazar & Indian Restaurant, Charleston Battery Professional Soccer Team, Charleston Trident Dietetic Association, Chef Bryan Breland, Chef Donna Gustafson, Chef Mark Hammel, Coastal Cupboard, College of Charleston, C3 Cheer & Dance, DAE Foundation, Danny Jones Recreation Complex, Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, Harris Teeter, H & L Asian Supermarket, Sam’s Club, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Totally Fit, Trader Joe’s, US Foods, Vegetable Bin, Walmart, Waterproof Swimming Program, Whole Foods, and Wild Dunes Resort. 

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE FACILITATORS, PARTNERS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR 2014 OLYMPICS FOOD, NUTRITION & SPORTS PROGRAMS. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR THE LAUNCHING OF OUR FRANCE GOLF PROGRAM, JUNIOR GIRLS CULINARY ACADEMY, AND 100-FOOT SUBMARINE SANDWICH CREATION! 

Junior Girls Literacy Explosion!

Who ever thought literacy could be so much fun!  Our Junior Girls Literacy Explosion! 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 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. Back by popular demand is our signature Charleston Treasure Hunts which entails girls reading about Charleston, SC historic places, visiting these places in search of treasures, and winning shopping sprees, pizza, ice cream, and skating parties prizes.  It was a thrilling experience as girls participated in our new program activity, “Will the Real Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Please Stand Up”! Girls read and researched historic information about our famous Mayor Riley.  At the event, impostors tried to convince girls that they were Mayor Riley, and girls had to figure out who was the real Mayor Riley.  Additional very popular literacy events that girls were enriched by this year were our TV & Radio Commercial Project, Savannah Day Trips, and Nature Harbor Cruises.  As you can tell, we offer tons of fun and enriching literacy activities for girls. This is a FREE program for all girls.  Girls participating in the Savannah Day Trips must be in the 4th & 5th grades. 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Barnes & Noble, Bi-Lo, Zita Campbell, Shakeima Chapman, Chick-fil-A, Church of our Saviour, Claire’s Jewelry Store, College of Charleston, Lacresha Cromwell, Durham Bus Company, Food Lion, David Gardner (Camp St. Christopher), Wendell Gilliard (S. C. State Representative), Tawanna Grant, Jean Hamilton, Monica Harper, Harris Teeter, Indigo Books, Jepson Cafe (Savannah, GA), Johns Island Beauty Salon, Kiawah Island Cares, Kiawah Island Public Beach, Adrienne Mayfield, Patricia Middleton, Ralph Gilbert Mark Civil Rights Museum (Savannah, GA), Andrea Rhodan, Ekima Richardson, Rosebank Farms, Nancy Ross (Frierson Elementary School) Shirley Salvo (Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministry), Sandlapper Tours, Starbucks, Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA), The KARS Group, LTD, Walmart, WCIV TV-4 ABC News 4, Rhonda Wilson, and Dr. Adriene Wright.  

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE FACILITATORS, PARTNERS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR 2014 LITERACY PROGRAMS. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR 2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION.   

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 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 4-12 years old. More than 270 girls have participated in this program since we designed and showcased it in 2011. We are so honored to feature Beauty Queens from around the State of South Carolina who will partner with girls in their stroll down success lane. Girls will participate in Beauty Queen Fashion Shows, Beauty Queen Mentoring Luncheons, Girl Power Parades, Charm & Etiquette Classes, Self-Esteem Empowerment Events, Anti-Bullying Girl Power Events, Drama Presentations, Doll Baby Design & Fashion Show, Junior Girls Community Service Projects, Skincare & Hair Care 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 Junior Girls Community Service Projects.  Giving back to their communities is a wonderful way to help build the self-esteem and confidence of young girls.   In 2015, our organization will host our first star-studded red carpet affair…Girls Choice Awards 2015. This is a FREE program for girls, ages 4-12 years old.  2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS:  Acuity Orthodontics, Amoure Bridal, Beauty Queen Erin Strauss (Miss Global Elegance Ambassador), Beauty Queen Sydney Duke (2014 Young Miss Enchanted Beauties of America), Belk, Belva’s Flower Shop, Robin Cade (BeautiControl Make-up Artist & Skincare Consultant), “Capturing Moments Making Memories” Photography &  DJ Services, Debi Chard (WCSC Live 5 News Anchor), Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, College of Charleston, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, Fashion Designer Regina Ileta (2014 “Young Innovator Award Winner” & Regina Ileta, LLC), Fashion Designer Noelle Stanley (2014 Charleston Fashion Week “Top 20 Emerging Designer” & “People’s Choice Award Winner”), Finish Line Shoes, Hairstyles by Crystal Gillins, Jafra Cosmetics International, J C Penney, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Molly Manners, Party Plan-It, Rainbow Apparel, Sears, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Target, Treasures, and Whole Foods. 

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE FACILITATORS, PARTNERS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR 2014 JUNIOR GIRLS BEAUTY QUEEN CHARM SCHOOL PROGRAMS.  PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR 2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION.

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 contest will be conducted allowing family, friends, and the community to vote and select the group of girls who will participate in our very first “Junior Girls Hollywood, CA Celebrity”!   This exciting contest will afford a group of girls the AWESOME opportunity to travel to Hollywood, CA, dine with celebrities, visit Hollywood Movie Studios, participate in Spa Day events and more!   WOW!!  Who wants to go to Hollywood!!!    This is a FREE program for girls, ages 6-12 years old.

OUR JUNIOR GIRLS TALENT SEARCH & SHOWCASE WILL RESUME IN 2015. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION.        

Girls Learned Awesome Tech Skills From “GOOGLE” at STEM Expo! 

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project’s STEM Programs have exploded this year!   Commencing May, we have been featuring a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math enrichment programs including Junior Girls GEMS Mini Camps, Geek Squad Academy, STEM Expo, Charleston Geek Week, Cool Computer Camps, Mathematics Economics & Money Events, Women Engineers & Girls Shadow Program, Scientists & Girls Projects and more.  We kicked everything off with our very first “STEM Expo” which was held at James Island Charter High School.  We were thrilled to feature GOOGLE, ITT Technology Institute, First Citizens Bank, DI Tech Savvy Club and other Community STEM Partners at this event!  Approximately 80 students participated in this fun and enrichment event which entailed Cool Technology Activities, Lego Competitions, Scientist Experiments, Fun Financial Literacy Activities and more.  2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Crescom Bank, DI Tech Savvy Kids, First Citizens Bank, GOOGLE, ITT Technology Institute, and James Island Community Education.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE FACILITATORS, PARTNERS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR 2014 STEM PROGRAMS. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR 2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION. 

Geek Squad Academy Took Over Charleston in 2014!

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project is the first ever in South Carolina selected by Best Buy to host a Geek Squad Summer Academy, a national program endorsed by Michelle Obama!  Some of the top Best Buy Geek Squad technicians from around the country partnered with local technicians and taught girls, ages 10-18, at a two-day camp this summer at the College of Charleston.  During the camp girls learned about the following: how to program robotics, how to build computers from the ground up, digital music, digital film production, 3D printing and CAD design, digital citizenship (social media etiquette), video-photography, creative thinking, team building and more.   AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Berkeley County School District, Best Buy, Charleston County School District, Chick-fil-A, College of Charleston, Colleton County School District, Dorchester County School District, Hardee’s, IT-oLogy, SCANA/SCE&G, and Seacoast Church.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE FACILITATORS, PARTNERS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR 2014 GEEK SQUAD ACADEMY. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR 2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION.

Enrichment Trips 

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! About seventy-five (75) girls won trips last year.  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 be treated to a Royal Luncheon! Girls are going to have an awesome time in New York!  They will visit the Rockefeller Center, Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, M&M World, FAO Schwarz Toy Store and dine at a New York City Tea Party.  Our signature trip to Florida is always a favorite adventure as girls visit the Kennedy Space Center and have lunch with astronauts!  The fun continues in Orlando when girls 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 a museum, sample chocolates from around the world, create Hershey’s chocolate bar wrappers featuring their photos and girl power slogans, enjoy amusement fun at Hershey Park and more.  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 trips are FREE for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  “GIRLS WHO WIN TRIPS IN 2014 WILL TRAVEL IN 2015″ 

Launch Party 2015!

This year has been phenomenal for the girls!  We featured over 70 FREE PROGRAM EVENTS for girls around the lowcountry!  We are excited to include girls from Colleton County School District in our programs this year.  Next year promises to be one of the most explosive years for the girls yet!  If you are interested in your girl participating in our fun and enriching education, career, personal, social and cultural development programs in 2015, we request that you and your girl please attend our signature “New Year Launch Party” in April 2015. (NEW DATE!) This event will entail 2015 Girl Registration, Parent Information Meetings, Fun Girl Events, Refreshments, Prizes & More! Parents/Guardians and girls must attend Parent Information Meetings prior to girls participating in programs in 2015.  Please check back periodically for the event date, venue, additional information, and to sign-up your girl for this upcoming event.  For more information, please feel free to contact our organization at (843) 608-8719 or JGDO2007@yahoo.com.  Please also follow us on Twitter @JrGirlsDayOut and friend us on Facebook “Junior Girls Day Out Community Project”.

Thank You 2014 Volunteers! 

This year has been amazing for girls and we graciously thank all of our Volunteers and Supporters who helped make it a successful year! Your dedication and commitment have enabled us to provide over 70 FREE enrichment program events for over 700 Girls this year!   We are planning new and exciting activities for 2015 and hope you will continue to help us enrich the lives of countless aspiring young girls!  Our first 2015 Volunteer Quarterly Meeting will be held March 2015.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up at our Sign-up Genius link below. During February 2015 we will email you our 2015 Volunteer Packet, Programs Sign-up Information, and Calendar of Program Events. You are certainly welcome to contact us at (843) 608-8719 or JGDO2007@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need additional information about Volunteer Opportunities.  WE WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO SIGN-UP AS WELL!  2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PARTNERS: Charleston Trident Dietetic Association, College of Charleston, and Totally Fit. 

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-volunteer2 

Thank You Contributors!

Our organization loves to give-a-way cool prizes!  We would like to thank those who contributed to our Soccer Event Fundraiser in August!  All contributors were entered into our Grand Prize Give-a-ways.  The Grand Prize Give-a-ways included a Savannah, GA Week-end Getaway ($800 Value), Spiritline Dinner Cruise ($200 Value), and Family Movie Night ($100 Value). Please check back periodically for information about our 2015 Grand Prize Give-a-ways.   Please also follow us on Twitter @JrGirlsDayOut and friend us on Facebook “Junior Girls Day Out Community Project”. 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Applebee’s, California Dreaming, Charleston Battery Professional Soccer Team, Citadel Mall Stadium 16 Theatre, Hertz Rental, Hilton Hotels, Old Savannah Tours & Spiritline Cruises.  

New Junior Girls Day Out Website Coming in 2015!  

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project is excited to announce our website is in redesign, and we look to launch it next 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 has offered over 70 FREE enrichment program events for over 700 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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