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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK SALUTES 2017 GAN Scholars

New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2017 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Kelcie Schliefer (Jamaica, New York), Ava Patino (New York, New York) and Jamiah Tolbert (Macon, Georgia). The scholarship funding for the 2017 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College. GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN’s mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight of Capitol Heights, Maryland comments that "GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that 'education for girls is one of the most effective – if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'" The GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program is led by the dedicated efforts of Tangiah Royster, Vice President, Community Outreach & Scholarships. For more information, please visit www.girlsactionnetwork.org.
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Call for Applicants: 2017 Wesleyan Spectacles Math & Science Camp for Girls

As part of the GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program (SSEP), the Wesleyan Spectacles Math & Science Camp for Girls, an academic program of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, provides opportunities to deserving rising seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls from underserved communities, allowing them to experience engineering, mathematics, computers, science and learning through comprehensive, one-week summer program located at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. PROGRAM DATES: July 9-15, 2017. In addition to the application submitted to Wesleyan, GAN scholarship applicants must complete and submit an additional essay to GAN by May 19, 2017. Application materials are available at https://wesportal.wesleyancollege.edu/ICS/Payment_Center/Spectacles_Camp.jnz or in the PDF attachment. Questions: Dan Sexton at Wesleyan (e: dsexton@wesleyancollege.edu or p: (478) 757-4035) or Tangiah Royster at GAN (e: tangiah.royster@gmail.com or p: (862) 772-6833).
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Call for Applicants: 2017 AFS Finland- US Future Leaders Scholarship

Spend six weeks in Finland with a host family and get to know Finnish culture! Scholarship recipients will embark on exciting activities that will strengthen leadership skills and inspire civic and global responsibility. Program Dates: June 28th to August 9th, 2017 Application Deadline: February 18, 2017. Contact Amanda Dennen for more information 1-800-876-2376 ext. 3310. Application information and guidelines available at https://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/finland-us-future-leaders-scholarship?state=district-of-columbia. AFS-USA is proud to partner with organizations to realize a common goal of ensuring all have access to educational opportunities, no matter their background. These partnerships help individuals from diverse communities achieve their potential and gain access to learning opportunities that open their eyes to a world of possibilities. Learn more about AFS-USA Scholarships at https://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/district-of-columbia
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Call for Applicants: 2017 GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program (SSEP) - Smith Science and Engineering Summer Program

As part of the GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program (SSEP), the Smith Science and Engineering Summer program provides opportunities to deserving young women from underserved communities, allowing them to experience engineering, mathematics, computers, science and learning through a comprehensive, one-month summer program located at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. PROGRAM DATES: July 9 - August 5, 2017. The initial application process includes the following components: (1) Students must complete the Smith application at http://www.smith.edu/summer/programs_ssep.php and Students must note �Girls' Action Network� in their application in the �How did you hear about this program?� field. (2) Students must complete and submit the GAN Scholars SSEP essay - attached below. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 18, 2017. Questions: Tangiah Royster at GAN (e: tangiah.royster@gmail.com or p: (862) 772-6833).
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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) publishes 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report #STEM.

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment. Information available at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190946

GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® SALUTES 2016 GAN Scholars

New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2016 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Isabel Santiuste (Bronx, New York), Erica Fuller (Gray, Georgia) and Hailey Jefferson (Suwanee, Georgia). GAN Scholars Fuller and Jefferson were selected to attend the Wesleyan College Spectacles Summer Program. The Spectacles program is a math and science camp for middle-school girls sponsored by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. GAN Scholar Santiuste was selected to attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where she will receive the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative. The scholarship funding for the 2016 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College. GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN’s mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight Layne of Capitol Heights, Maryland comments that "GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that 'education for girls is one of the most effective – if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'" For more information, please visit www.girlsactionnetwork.org.
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® SALUTES 2015 GAN Scholars

New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2015 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Wan Yi (Kelly) Mei (New York, New York), Kira Miller (Macon, Georgia) and Allise Paredes (Avenel, New Jersey). GAN Scholars Miller and Paredes were selected to attend the Wesleyan College Spectacles Summer Program. The Spectacles program is a math and science camp for middle-school girls sponsored by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan finds that, “Middle school is a crucial time for girls as they view the world and the options that are before them. It is often the time when they make decisions about their interests and abilities in science and math.” In addition to the away-from-home experience offered through Wesleyan, the week long program offers the girls the opportunity to explore science and math in innovative ways, such as creating DNA bracelets or sharing ideas and thoughts with a nightly guest speaker, usually a woman with a career in science and math-related fields. GAN Scholar Mei was selected to attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where she will receive the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative. The Smith program also promotes global cultural learning and appreciation due to the number of student participants who come from all over the world. The scholarship funding for the 2015 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College.
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Girls Action Network Participates at Journei's S.T.E.M.-tastic One Hundred

Girls Action Network® (GAN) had the opportunity to participate at Journei's S.T.E.M.-tastic One Hundred compelling workshop on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Rowan University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey at which Stephanie Humphrey, President, Girls Action Network, Inc., brought her passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to her remarks as the keynote speaker. GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN's mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight comments that "GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that 'education for girls is one of the most effective – if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'
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Huffington Post Link: Diversity Data Shows Need to Focus on Women of Color

The floodgates holding back the tech industry's dismal diversity data are now wide open. First Google, then LinkedIn and Yahoo, and now Facebook have soaked Silicon Valley watchers with what many of us already assumed: the tech community is mostly white and male. The statistics about racial and gender diversity in the technology field are disheartening and signal the need for efforts to increase the presence of women and African American, Latino, and Native American professionals in computing and technology fields. View full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-scott/diversity-data-shows-need_b_5571685.html

GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® SALUTES 2014 GAN Scholars

New York, NY - Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2014 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Vinette Bristol (Brooklyn, New York), Leora Roberts (Gray, Georgia) and Kathyrn Spinks (Macon, Georgia). GAN Scholars Roberts and Spinks will attend the Wesleyan College Spectacles Summer Program. The Spectacles program is a math and science camp for middle-school girls sponsored by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan finds that, "Middle school is a crucial time for girls as they view the world and the options that are before them. It is often the time when they make decisions about their interests and abilities in science and math."ť In addition to the away-from-home experience offered through Wesleyan, the week long program offers the girls the opportunity to explore science and math in innovative ways, such as creating DNA bracelets or sharing ideas and thoughts with a nightly guest speaker, usually a woman with a career in science and math-related fields. GAN Scholar Bristol will attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where she will receive the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative. The Smith program also promotes global cultural learning and appreciation due to the number of student participants who come from all over the world. The scholarship funding for the 2014 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College. GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN's mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight comments that "GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that 'education for girls is one of the most effective -- if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'" The GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program is led by the dedicated efforts of Stephanie Humphrey, President, GAN SSEP & Community Outreach.
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® SALUTES 2013 GAN Scholars

New York, NY: July 1, 2013 - Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2013 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Adreanna Chester (Macon, Georgia), Enid Lovay (Newark, New Jersey), Sarah Martin (West Orange, New Jersey), Natori Nance (Hightstown, New Jersey) and Kathyrn Spinks (Macon, Georgia). GAN Scholars Chester, Lovay, Martin and Spinks will attend the Wesleyan College Spectacles Summer Program. The Spectacles program is a math and science camp for middle-school girls sponsored by Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan finds that, "Middle school is a crucial time for girls as they view the world and the options that are before them. It is often the time when they make decisions about their interests and abilities in science and math."ť In addition to the away-from-home experience offered through Wesleyan, the week long program offers the girls the opportunity to explore science and math in innovative ways, such as creating DNA bracelets or sharing ideas and thoughts with a nightly guest speaker, usually a woman with a career in science and math-related fields. GAN Scholar Nance will attend the two week Smith College's Young Women's Writing Workshop summer program in Northampton, MA for high school girls which will allow her to explore her writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters a love of writing in a variety of mediums. The program also promotes global cultural learning and appreciation due to the number of student participants who come from all over the world. The scholarship funding for the 2013 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College.
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® HOSTS CAREER EXPLORATION 101 WORKSHOP

New York, NY - On June 1, 2013, Girls Action Network® (GANť) presented Career Exploration 101: Exploring Your Path Using Web-based Technology -- an introductory, practical, age-appropriate program for female students (grades 6-11) identifying the skills, interests and values essential to exploring and planning one's career and related educational paths - at St. Philip's Academy Computer Lab in Newark, New Jersey from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The workshop was led by GAN Technology Director, Jerri Drakes. Participants included students and parents from Liberty Middle School in West Orange, NJ, Hightstown High in Hightstown, NJ, and Home School Programs in Newark, NJ.
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GAN - SGB Committee Hosted Mini-Conference at Temple University

Philadelphia, PA - The Girls Action Network® SBG Committee hosted a mini-conference on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Temple University's Ritter Annex, located at 1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Cost was $5 per student with breakfast-lunch included. The conference theme was "Unlocking Opportunities: Leadership, Education and Empowerment"ť emphasizing GAN's core mission, which is the realization that greater steps needed to be taken to increase the number of: (i) students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM fields"); (ii) female students choosing occupations in these STEM fields; and (iii) workforce-ready graduates for the 21st century labor market who reflect a diversity of aptitudes and cultural perspectives, and who possess a personal foundation to contribute and lead in a global society. See full article for photos and additional details. (Photo: GAN Board Director, Stephanie Humphrey, with Conference Participants)
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Girls Action Network® Salutes Aarti Naik 2012 Girls Changemaker, India

New York, NY - Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) is pleased to salute a GAN Group affiliate, Aarti Naik, on her October 4, 2012 Vocational Excellence Award for Bringing the Light of Literacy and Motivating Girls Living Below the Poverty Line. Ms. Naik was presented this award by the Rotary Club of Bombay Seacoast. For additional details, please see PDF.
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Girls Action Network® Announces the 2012 GAN â?? Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program Scholars

New York, NY - Gianna De La Cruz, a 10th grader at The Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics in Bronx, New York; Fanta Fofana, a 10th grader at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York; and Claudia Torres, a 9th grader at Kent Place School in Summit, Jersey have been selected by Girls Action Network® (GAN) to attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where they will attend as the 2012 GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program Scholars. This July, these GAN Scholars will receive the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula including, but not limited to astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative. The Smith program also promotes global cultural awareness and appreciation due to the number of student participants who come from around the world.
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GAN - SGB Committee Hosts Mini-Conference on October 27

Philadelphia, PA - The Girls Action Network® SBG Committee will host a mini-conference on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Temple University-s Ritter Annex, located at 1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Cost is $5 per student with breakfast and lunch included. The theme of the event is -"Unlocking Opportunities: Leadership, Education and Empowerment"ť emphasizing GAN-s core mission, which is the realization that greater steps needed to be taken to increase the number of: (i) students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM fields"); (ii) female students choosing occupations in these STEM fields; and (iii) workforce-ready graduates for the 21st century labor market who reflect a diversity of aptitudes and cultural perspectives, and who possess a personal foundation to contribute and lead in a global society. Conference participants will be able to attend various panel discussions and workshops. Girls, ages 12-18 are invited to participate. Parents are invited to join the afternoon Financial Seminar and the Keynote Address to be delivered by Jamira Burley, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. For more information and registration materials, visit EVENTS at www.girlsactionnetwork.org or contact Gail Hannah at 856-728-5336.
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Sisters Giving BackSM Consolidates with Girls Action Network®

New York, NY - Effective July 1, 2012, the Sisters Giving BackSM (SGB) group, an unincorporated nonprofit association consolidated with Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN), a nonprofit corporation. In 2011, SGB was formed to deliver educational and career services to girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. GAN was founded in 2002 to educate and empower girls in grades middle school and high school with special emphasis on girls from underserved communities in the United States, and to address the related policy issues. For reasons related to administrative efficiency and corporate governance support in the case of SGB, and for greater impact and expansion of GAN programs and services, in the case of GAN, the two entities agreed that a consolidation was in their mutual best interest. Elisa Basnight, Founder and President of GAN, commented that, -We believe this program consolidation model offers a unique solution to increasing the future socio-economic value creation of GAN operations with the consolidation of the energized SGB group.â?ť The GAN Board of Directors approved the consolidation and established the SGB Committee to deliver GAN programs and services in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region. The GAN SGB Committee will be led by Chairwoman, Gail Hannah.
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Girls Action Network® Hosts Career Exploration 101 Event

New York, NY - On May 19, 2012, Girls Action Network® (GAN) presented Career Exploration 101: Using a Web-based Technology -- an introductory, practical, age-appropriate program for female students (grades 6-11) identifying the skills, interests and values essential to exploring and planning one-s career and related educational paths -- at St. Philip's Academy Computer Lab in Newark, New Jersey from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Founder Elisa M. Basnight Pens Opinion Piece in Philadelphia Inquirer - "Through education comes nation's opportunity, security"

Philadelphia, PA - In the op-ed, "Through education comes nation's opportunity, security," published in the April 1, 2012 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Girls Action Network, Inc. Founder Elisa Basnight opined that, for the sake of economic and national security, "we must ensure that America's minority girls are provided with the education they need to become political, scientific, national security, and business leaders of the 21st century." After observing firsthand the dearth of girls interested in so-called STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and math - Basnight founded Girls Action Network (GAN), a non-profit focused on expanding the education and career opportunities for girls and women. "Education and empowerment cannot just be a slogan for one month of one year," Basnight writes. "It must be a commitment to ensure our country maximizes its potential and fulfills its promise to all Americans." Read the full op-ed here. http://articles.philly.com/2012-04-01/news/31270700_1_education-system-minority-women-gender-stereotypes

Girls Action Network Salutes 2012 Fulbright International Fellow: Tangiah Royster

New York, NY - Tangiah Royster, an honors student at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia, was selected as a 2012 Fulbright International Fellows. Tangiah hails from Newark, New Jersey where she attended Marylawn Academy for Girls. While attending Marylawn, Tangiah participated in various Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) programing, to include receiving a 2004 GAN - Smith College full scholarship to attend Smith-s Summer Science and Engineering Program and a 2005 GAN - Mount Holyoke College full scholarship to attend Mouth Holyoke-s summer Math Camp. Tangiah comments that her GAN experiences and continued affiliation with the organization have helped prepare her for life-s personal, educational and professional challenges. She explains, -My experience with GAN cultivated my leadership ability, and encouraged me to be proactive, committed to academic excellence, and resolute in my pursuit of success.â?ť
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK PARTICIPATES IN THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS - HOLIDAY COAT DRIVE

Philadelphia, PA - With the economic downturn continuing to affect families this holiday season, the Power of Partnerships Coat Drive held at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC illustrates how diverse sectors in our society -- the U.S. Army and its Grassroots Advisory Board, the private sector and community nonprofits -- working together can bring about transformational change for families and communities.
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Girls Action Network (GAN Giving Back Program) Hosts Service Day At Interfaith Hospitality Network

New York, NY - Keeping within the spirit of "GAN Can!" - The Girls Action Network GAN Giving Back Program hosted its GAN Thanksgiving Basket Service Day on Saturday, November 19th at Interfaith Hospitality Network Headquarters in Montclair, NJ.
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® ANNOUNCES THE 2011 GAN - SMITH COLLEGE SUMMER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

New York, NY - Cierra Legrand, an 8th grader at TEAM Academy in Newark, New Jersey has been selected by Girls Action Network (GAN) to attend the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where she will attend as the 2011 Girls Action Network Summer Program Scholarship Recipient.
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Girls Action Network Salutes Scholarship Recipients

New York, NY - October 1, 2010 - Middle School Students, Akosua L. Mensah, and Na'Lah Clark both from New Jersey, and Sayyidah N. Wright, from Georgia Receive Girls Action Network® Scholarships to Attend the Wesleyan College Spectacles Summer programs I and II in Macon, GA.
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Girls Action Network Founder Speaks on Leadership Panel to Teens

Philadelphia, PA - On Friday, March 19, Girls Action Network ® (GAN) Founder, Elisa Basnight, spoke as part of the Senior Leadership Forum held at the Army Experience Center (AEC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in celebration of the many contributions made by women in public service, the Army and our communities. The featured speakers and honored guests engaged in a conversation about the importance of public service, the path to leadership and the contributions of women in society and the military.
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Girls Action Network® Kicks-off New "GAN Giving Back" Program with Service Day at Community Soup Kitchen

New York, NY - Keeping with the spirit of "GAN Can!" - Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) kicked off its new community service program: "GAN Giving Back" on December 26, 2009 at the Life Christian Church Soup Kitchen (TLCC) in West Orange, New Jersey.
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Girls Action Network® Partners with Black Data Processor Associates (BDPA) New Jersey Chapter for 6th Annual Families in Technology Day

New York, NY - Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) joined forces through a partnership with Black Data Processors Associates New Jersey Chapter ("BDPA") on September 12, 2009 at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ to support BDPA's 6th Annual Families in Technology Day. The theme of the FIT Day event was focused on "Technology Awareness = Community Empowerment." Over 250 families and students participated in the various panel discussions and workshops that were conducted from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Several of the event's speakers were affiliated with GAN to include: Elisa Basnight, Andrea Fant-Hobbs, Ileana Griffiths, Ayana Neil and Dalila Springer.
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Girls Action Network® ("GAN") Partners with Local Philadelphia Group: Arts & Smarts

Philadelphia, PA - On May 16, 2009, Girls Action Network, Inc. teamed-up with Annie Stanfield-Hagert as her arts enrichment group kicked off its activities at the South Philadelphia Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the summer multi-session arts program was for each participant group to focus on a different psychological or socio- cultural aspect of life. For example, some seminar topics included: bullying, racism, poverty, violence, along with some attention to assertiveness, inclusiveness and body image. Girls participating in the program were veterans from the 2008 program and served as mentors to this year-s first-time participants. Hagert, a licensed clinical social worker, explained to GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight, that the girls -are darling, enthusiastic and have not yet learned to act cool and diffident.â?ť Coming soon: Look out for future GAN-Arts & Smarts activities focused on math appreciation through innovative arts training.

GAN to Present at Theta Nu Xi Annual Convention

(New York, NY) Women from all walks of life will converge upon Albuquerque, NM from September 4-7, 2008 for the 10th Annual Convention of Theta Nu Xi Multucultural Society, Inc. Among the various activities planned, convention-goers will observe presentations by five organizations with hopes of becoming the sorority's new national philanthropy and gaining access to dedicated funding and hundreds volunteers. Those organizations invited to speak at the annual convention include Girls Action Network (GAN); Girls for a Change; National Association for Multicultural Education; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Women for Women International. Read more.
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GAN Awards 2008 Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program Scholarship

(Newark, NJ) TaCora Holmes (right), an 8th grader at TEAM Academy in Newark, New Jersey returned August 1, 2008 from the month-long Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA where she attended as the 2008 Girls Action Network ("GAN") Summer Program Scholarship Recipient. The goal of the GAN - Smith summer program is to provide GAN students with a unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative. The experience also promotes global cultural learning and appreciation due to the number of student participants that come from all over the world to participate in the program.
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GIRLS ACTION NETWORK® SPEAKERS BUREAU PARTNERS WITH STEPPINGSTONE SCHOLARS FOR FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES DAY

New York, NY - Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) kicked-off its Speakers Bureau operations through a partnership with Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. on April 5th, 2008 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of the Support Services Day event was centered on GAN-s trademark slogan, Shattering Stereotypes & Unlocking Opportunities®, with this event-s focus on Transforming Tools for Today-s Success. Over 400 families and students were invited to participate in the various panel discussions and workshops that were conducted from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. GAN provided over fifty-percent of the event-s speakers to include: Alycia Banks, Elisa Basnight, Lisa Charles, Ileana Griffiths, Yolanda Grimes, Mary Ann Jackson, and Lori Tharps.
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Girls Action Network Salutes Mt. Holyoke College 2007 Scholarship Recipients

New York, NY - August 15, 2007, Rolande William (left) and Tangiah Royster (center), both residents of Newark, New Jersey returned from Hadley, Massachusetts having completed their respective summer enrichment programs at Mount Holyoke women-s college. During their respective summer experiences, Rolande and Tangiah had unique opportunities to participate in innovative curricula in mathematics. Their programs also worked to strengthen their resolve in mathematical thinking, communications skills, problem solving strategies and computer skills.
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Harvard Benchmarking Study on Performance Measurement

Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yanina Budkin, a World Bank economist and & Roza Eftekhari, a renowned journalist, both of whom are 2007 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Mason Fellows, chose Girls Action Network, Inc. (GAN) as the focus of their best practice study on performance measurement as part of their class, The Strategic Management of Non Profits Organizations, which is taught by Professor Chris Stone. The purpose of the benchmark study is to provide GAN guidance in its efforts to understand how to implement performance measurement in the organization in order to drive growth in an orderly manner. The benchmarking study, which was completed in May 2007, provides a view of the state of performance measurement in six (6) diverse US and non-US nonprofit organizations: (1) Citizen Schools; (2) Girl Scouts of the United States of America; (3) Africare; (4) Women's Bean Project; (5) The Way of the Heart: The Promotora Institute (WHPI); and (6) GEMS. In the end, the report concludes that for a new organization like GAN, the challenge is to implement, early on strong performance measurement, in order to drive growth in a proactive way.
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GAN Launches New Website

On July 12, 2006, Girls Action Network (GAN) launched an exciting and interactive website at www.girlsactionnetwork.org. The new website will provide both student and adult users with the opportunity to learn about GAN programs and services, to become involved as a volunteer or Champion for Empowerment and OpportunitySM mentor, to enlist a speaker from the Speakers Bureau or become a GAN speaker, and to access exciting information about the world of work, education, health and fitness, student internships, community service and enrichment opportunities.
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Girls Action Network Salutes Scholarship Recipient

On June 14, 2006, Tangiah Royster, a Newark, New Jersey resident finishing her 10th grade year at Marylawn of the Oranges in South Orange, New Jersey, was officially awarded a $4,000 scholarship by Girls Action Network (GAN) to attend the Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program in Northampton, MA. This one month program in July, will provide Tangiah with the unique opportunity to participate in innovative curricula in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics and a young women's health education initiative.
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Girls Action Network Annual Spring Tea

On Sunday, June 5, 2005 at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club, in South Orange, New Jersey from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. over 120 guests, including 30 high school girls and their mentors attended the Girls Action Network annual Spring Tea. The theme of the tea was centered on the organization's trademark slogan, "Shattering Stereotypes & Unlocking Opportunities," with this year's theme "Excelling as Entrepreneurs."
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Getting The Basics: Nutrition & Fitness Information You Can Use

A productive mind can best succeed when a healthy body and lifestyle support it. The GAN process places emphasis on health and fitness by providing exposure to exercise and nutritional approaches within the reach of girls in grades 7 - 12.
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Girls Action Network Honors IHS Student As Scholoarship Winner

On April 25, Girls Action Network Inc., also known as GAN, hosted a fund-raiser, The Spring Tea, to mark the successful completion of its first year of programming and to raise awareness about the organization at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange. There they honored Samirah Legagneur with the College Summer and Science Engineering Program Scholarship.
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Exercise-a-Thon to benefit Girls Action Network, Inc.

South Mountain Fitness in cooperation with South Orange Chiropractic & Jo And Rob Family Health Consultants is the proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Exercise-a-Thon to benefit this year's selected charity, Girls Action Network, Inc.
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Girls Action Network® SBG Committee to Host a Mini-Conference





Girls Action Network® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls ages 11 and up -- with special emphasis on those from underserved communities -- become the best they can be.