Girls Innovate Summer

St. Catherine’s Girls Innovate Camps incorporate the ways girls learn best—through communication, collaboration and personal attention. Each course includes community speakers that are innovating in their fields. In addition to hands-on projects at the advanced facilities of the St. Catherine’s campus, girls in rising grades 6-8 will go on field trips to explore real-world problems. Think out-of-the-box and work with other girls to design creative solutions in three areas of focus. Attend one or all three!

Grades: rising 6-8

Girls Innovate: Inclusive Communities

What is the community of your dreams? What does the world you want to live in look like? This one-week class is aimed at young people who feel called to be change-makers ready to take on some of the biggest issues of our times, exploring the right to equality, the power of diversity & the tools to make a difference in this complex & ever-changing world.
Instructors: Amy Blake and Pam Shelor

June 25-29, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: $450

Girls Innovate: Animal Care & Rescue

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, "each year, approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide—and nearly 3 million don't make it out." The Animal Care and Rescue camp is aimed towards young people who wish to learn more about animal homelessness in the Richmond area. Participants in this program will meet with a wide variety of individuals and groups from our local community who help to tackle this problem and help to design new solutions to make a positive difference for animals in need. 
Instructor: William Berry and Tarra Moxley

July 23-27, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: $450

Girls Innovate: Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Option under Girls Innovate will focus on food deserts in the Richmond area. A food desert is when there is no grocery store within one mile in urban areas and ten miles in rural areas.  This creates situations in which families eat less fresh foods and more processed, packaged goods.  Girls will use the design thinking process, community garden experience, and local expert advice to create a feasible solution to address the problem in the Richmond area.
Instructors: Brett Degnan and Jenn McIntosh

July 9-13, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cost: $450


Three one-week options, full-day sessions with lunch included

Extended day care available. Please see the Information page.