“Girls Had Tons of Fun Saturday on Kiawah Island and Johns Island!”

Saturday’s rainy weather did not keep tons of Junior Girls and volunteers away from our Junior Girls Literacy Explosion Reading Beach Party at Church of our Saviour and Kiawah Island Public Beach.  We have designed 19 fun-infused literacy activities which focus on reading, vocabulary, writing, and speaking skills enrichment.   Excitement was in the air as girls participated in activities such as “How Many Words Can You Make?”, “Name That Beach”, “Creative Writing”, “Let’s Go to the Beach Today Song”. Junior Girls were in high gear as they read about Savannah, GA in preparation for their October Savannah Day Trip.  Savannah here we come!  Special Thanks to Nancy Ross, Principal of Frierson Elementary School, for designing and facilitating the coolest beach-related literacy activities ever.  Special Thanks to Charleston County School District Administrators and the Kiawah Island Women’s Group who taught Junior Girls the various literacy skills.   Special Thanks to David Gardner of Camp St. Christopher for that incredible “Live Animal Show”. WOW!  The girls were in such awe that we had to pull them away from the animals so they could eat lunch.  Special Thanks to College of Charleston Intern Hannah Craig for putting the real cool in literacy by designing and facilitating our first ever beach literacy relay activities.  Our Cool Prizes generated a lot of ear-piercing screams as girls won our signature enrichment trips for the Disney Cruise, New York City Treasure Hunt, Chocolate City Tour (Hershey, PA), Lunch with Astronauts at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, Washington, DC….as well as a Digital Camera, Claire’s Jewelry Store Shopping Spree, Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate, Chick-fil-A Lunch, and JGDO Cupcake & Ice Cream Party!  Special Thanks to Church of our Saviour, Shirley Salvo, Durham Bus Company, and Kiawah Island Public Beach for providing us with the wonderful opportunity to afford Junior Girls such a rewarding event!  Special Thanks to all of our “Dedicated Volunteers” who helped make it a successful day for the girls.   AWESOME SUPPORTERS & PARTNERSBarnes & Noble, Bi-Lo, Chick-fil-A, Church of our Saviour, Claire’s Jewelry Store, Food Lion, David Gardner (Camp St. Christopher), Harris Teeter, Indigo Books, John’s Island Beauty Salon, Kiawah Island Public Beach, Nancy Ross (Frierson Elementary School), Rosebank Farms, Shirley Salvo (Noah’s Ark Children’s Program), and Walmart.

Cool Prizes for Girl Sponsors & General Contributors!

Our organization loves to give-a-way cool prizes!  Each time you sponsor a girl for any of our programs and make a general contribution your name will be included in the weekly Friday Prize Give-a-ways and Grand Prize Give-a-ways.  The Grand Prize Give-a-ways include a Savannah, GA Week-end Getaway ($800 Value), Spiritline Dinner Cruise ($200 Value), and Family Movie Night ($100 Value). All winners will be posted on our website Friday, September 26th.   Thank you so much for your consideration of sponsoring girls for the 50+ FREE programs that we are offering girls this year! If you would like to make a contribution with a personal/business check, cashier check or money order, please make it payable to Junior Girls Day Out Community Project and mail to P.O. Box 30503, Charleston, SC 29417.   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.  

Girls Learned Awesome Tech Skills From “GOOGLE” at STEM Expo 2014! 

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.  PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR UPDATES OF FUTURE STEM PROGRAMS. 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Crescom Bank, DI Tech Savvy Kids, First Citizens Bank, GOOGLE, ITT Technology Institute, and James Island Community Education.

Geek Squad Academy Took Over Charleston in 2014!

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project is the first 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.   PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE PERIODICALLY FOR FUTURE TECHNOLOGY EVENTS FOR GIRLS. 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.

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.   PLEASE CLICK THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR GIRL FOR THE “JUNIOR GIRLS OLYMPICS 2014″: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-junior4 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Bombay Bazar & Indian Restaurant, Charleston Battery Professional Soccer Team, Charleston Trident Dietetic Association, College of Charleston, C3 Cheer & Dance, DAE Foundation, Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, Harris Teeter, H & L Asian Supermarket, Sam’s Club, Totally Fit, Vegetable Bin, Waterproof Swimming Program, Whole Foods, and Wild Dunes Resort. 

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 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. 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.  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.  Additional very popular literacy events that girls will be enriched by this year are our TV & Radio Commercial Project, New York City Treasure Hunts, 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. PLEASE CLICK THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR GIRL FOR THE “JUNIOR GIRLS LITERACY EXPLOSION!”: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-junior5 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS: Church of our Saviour, College of Charleston, Sandlapper Tours, Starbucks, and WCIV TV-4 ABC News 4.  


Junior Girls Beauty Queen Charm School 2014

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.   PLEASE CLICK THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR GIRL FOR THE “JUNIOR GIRLS BEAUTY QUEEN CHARM SCHOOL”: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-junior6  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, “Capturing Moments. Making Memories” Photography &  DJ Services, Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, College of Charleston, Debi Chard (WCSC Live 5 News Anchor), Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, Finish Line Shoes, Hairstyles by Crystal Gillins, Jafra Cosmetics International, J C Penney, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Molly Manners, Noelle Stanley (Charleston Fashion Week “Top 20 Emerging Designer” & “People’s Choice Award Winner”), Party Plan-It, Rainbow Apparel, Robin Cade (BeautiControl Make-up Artist & Skincare Consultant), Sears, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Target, Treasures, and Whole Foods. 

Junior Girls Talent Search & Talent Showcase 2014

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.  PLEASE CLICK THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW TO SIGN-UP YOUR GIRL FOR THE “JUNIOR GIRLS TALENT SEARCH & TALENT SHOWCASE”:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-junior7  

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! 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 of these trips are FREE for girls, ages 6-12 years old.  “GIRLS WHO WIN THESE TRIPS IN 2014 WILL TRAVEL IN 2015″ 

Get Ready Volunteers for Thrills and Excitement in 2014!

We were so excited to launch our 2014 program events this summer!  Girls are participating in our signature programs…..Geek Squad Academy, Junior Girls GEMS Program, STEM Expo, Junior Girls Olympics Food Nutrition & Sports Series, Junior Girls Literacy Explosion, Junior Girls 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 “Junior Girls Hollywood, CA Celebrity” Contest!   WOW!!  Girls will be afforded the opportunity to participate in about 50 FREE enrichment program events this year.  Our September Quarterly Volunteer Meeting is Sunday, September 28th, 2:30pm.  Please sign-up to volunteer at our Sign-up Genius link below and we will email you a Volunteer Packet, Programs Sign-up Information, 2014 Calendar of Program Events, and our schedule of Volunteer Team Meetings which are currently going on around the lowcountry.  You are welcome to also contact us at (843) 608-8719 or JGDO2007@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need additional information about Volunteer Opportunities.  Thank you so much for your consideration to volunteer with our organization, and we hope to see you soon! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0544A5A628A13-volunteer2 2014 AWESOME COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PARTNERS: Charleston Trident Dietetic Association and Totally Fit.

New Junior Girls Day Out Website Coming in 2014!  

Junior Girls Day Out Community Project 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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