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Annual Conference

Girls Get IT! will host a variety of events for girl-serving organizations, educators, and business professionals in its area.

The Collaborative's Kick-Off Conference is followed by programs' entering their information into the Program Directory and collaborating to apply for Mini-Grant awards.

Once mini-grant projects are complete, Girls Get IT! will hold an annual conference. At this conference, grantees will have an opportunity to present their projects to a large group. Additional networking and professional development activities are offered at this event.

Board of Champions Meeting and Kick-Off Conference- An Overwhelming Success

On November 8th and 9th, 2007, the Florida Girls Collaborative Project (FGCP) and Girls Get It! (GGIT!) held our first Board of Champions meeting and Kick-Off Conference in Tampa, Florida at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The Board of Champions meeting marked the beginning of many face-to-face interactions between Board members from private industry, K-20 education, and community-based organizations from across the state of Florida. Participants learned about and discussed the Program Directory and Mini-Grant awards, strategic planning and FGCP goals, and Board subcommittees.

Many stakeholders and their companies were present either in person or via conference call during our Board of Champions meeting. We are excited to show the state of Florida what we have planned and what we have already accomplished with this initiative. We will keep you updated on our progress!

The full-day Kick-Off Conference featured speakers, a panel discussion, and break-out sessions to review the Program Directory, Mini-Grant awards, current Florida data, and tips on recruitment and outreach. Many community-based organizations from the Tampa - St. Petersburg area showcased their programs in order to connect with others. Panelists from NASA, Raytheon, Cisco, Florida Community College of Jacksonville, and the Girl Scouts offered a wide range of perspectives on promoting STEM education and careers.

Overall, the event was a complete success! Look for other events in cities across Florida in the near future, beginning with Orlando in the spring of 2008.

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