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Wanna Play?

Come learn about Girlstart’s Ping Pong Tournament!!!!

If you are interested in forming a team or have friends, family members, or co-workers that might be interested in playing or volunteering at the event – PLEASE tell them to join us at our kick-off party on

Here is the scoop!

What:      Ping Pong Kick-Off Party!
When:     Tuesday, March 9th
Time:       6:30-8:00 pm
Where:    Character Bar inside the Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces Austin, TX 78701

We will be taking early registration and handing out important marketing materials about the event out to potential team members! This tournament will sell out! All entries are on a first-come first-serve basis.  Entry is limited to 100 teams! So please register early!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER!

We have two categories to select from:

Recreational Doubles (I have played once or twice in my life!)
Competitive Doubles (You basically ROCK at Ping Pong!)

PLEASE RSVP if you plan to come to this kick-off party

Questions about the Kick-Off Party, playing or volunteering at the tournament – contact

Robin at 916.4775 ext. 22 or robin@girlstart.org

February 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

National Engineering Week

February 14th-20th is the perfect time to explore engineering careers with your children. Remember to highlight the benefits of any career and children will be more interested in learning more.

Click image to discover more about being an Engineer!

Look forward to a new post each day during National Engineering Week!

~Katelyn

February 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Follow the LeadHER

Candy Ellard

Barbara Kelley

Two Texas teachers were recently honored in Washington, DC as awardees of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

Congratulations to Science Awardee, Candy Ellard of the Austin Independent School District and Mathematics Awardee, Barbara Kelley of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District  for their dedication and committment to science and math.

January 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Virtual classrooms rock!

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Girlstart’s very own Interim Executive Director Julie Shannan recently graduated from Texas State Technical College with a certificate in Digital Media- making her the 1st student to graduate with course work done 100% in a virtual classroom. This is a fantastic achievement not just for the ever-changing world of formal education but for Girlstart. As the Technology & Program Coordinator, education via virtual worlds is something that I really embrace because of the opportunities open source and free virtual words provide us in offering creative, advanced curriculum for the girls we serve. Virtual worlds give us access to sophisticated free tools that allow us to offer our programs at much lower costs, without decreasing the quality of our curriculum.

The virtual world of education has a lot of minds to change, as people seem to think it is trying to act as a substitute for real life experience. With many of my family members and friends pursuing virtual degrees while maintaining challenging and rewarding careers, I can say that virtual degrees haven’t been a substitute but a supplement to real life-allowing working professionals to develop the skills needed for their organizations and personal career goals. This is especially beneficial for non-profit professionals, most of whom it seems tend to stay in the non-profit industry and choose to develop skills that will help them better serve their constituents (or at least the fabulous non profit techies I know in Austin).

Another wide complaint is that perhaps the online structure isn’t rigorous enough to compete with regular universities. Again, as a techie, I have yet to attend a university that offered the innovative technology courses online universities have been offering since the beginning. Many major universities are just now starting to weave technology coursework into more humanities/communication fields of study-something online universities are better equipped to do across all their course offerings.

After attending graduate school, I figured, I don’t want to be a professor, so there’s no point in continuing school and obtaining my PHd. However, the wide range of innovative programs offered at online universities have made me reconsider-if as a non profit techie, I could get a certification in Network Administration, develop my graphic design skills or add a new language to my tech repertoire, while still working and serving the Austin Community, why wouldn’t I?

Congratulations Julie on your awesome achievement!

-Dee

June 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment


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