Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, was the first “Girl Power” event, a collaboration between the Sturm Collaboration Campus, Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools and the Douglas Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Fifty 8th-grade girls were treated to an exciting morning at the campus learning about STEM careers and doing hands-on activities on a virtual cadaver and in cybersecurity. Their parents learned about concurrent enrollment in high school, the value of early career exploration and why developing an early relationship with their high school counselor is so important to high school girls.

We are grateful to Sarah Homer, Senior Navigator at the Sturm campus, and to the tireless efforts of AAUW members, Beryl Jacobson and Suzanne Kroepsh and Crowfoot Coffee, Meadows Orthodontics and Domino’s Pizza for their in-kind donations to make this a no-cost event for the girls and their parents. After the event, both parents and girls enthusiastically agreed that the morning had been worthwhile and that they would recommend it to family and friends next year.

Pat Smith, Douglas County AAUW, Castle Rock

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