2008 Systers Pass-It-On Award Winner
Miss IT Mini Camp January 2009-March 2009
Yolanda works with 4th and 5th grade girls in Athens, Georgia, United States. The Miss IT Mini Camps provide technology skills that hopefully will spark an interest in technology-related opportunities and careers, and provide leadership opportunities for the girls. Campers will participate in three technology workshops. Subjects include digital arts/digital photography, video editing, and Web page construction for submission to a Digital Arts competition. These workshops will be conducted bi-monthly beginning in January 2009 and will conclude in March 2009 with a public exhibition of work done by the campers. The initial mini-camp will be held at Gaines Elementary School during the spring 2009 semester with twenty students.
Expansion of the project is scheduled to include STEM components in following years. Summer 2009 will include camps in technology, and science. Summer 2010 will include an offering of camps in technology, math, and science. Summer 2011 will include technology, math, science and engineering. Mini Camps will be conducted in both Spring and Fall Semesters of 2009. Camp sites will rotate to different elementary school campuses in Athens, Georgia. Each year, campers from the previous years may apply to be counselors for the next year. They will, with adult supervision, assist new campers. Scholarships will be provided to students who cannot afford camp admission. Camp costs will be kept as low as possible to encourage participation from a variety of students across socio-economic ranges. Yolanda’s Systers Pass-it-on Award will fund digital cameras for the campers to learn digital photography, video editing and Web page construction.