Every Girl Counts Updates
Most recently, Every Girl Counts had the opportunity to travel to Orlando! The girls got a personalized tour of the Zora Neale Hurston Museum located in Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country. The museum prides itself on being “the only museum within a 400-square mile area where the public can view the visual art of promising, emerging and established artists of African descent.” Having read Hurston’s renowned novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, prior to visiting the museum, the girls felt a special connection to the museum. To help the girls become more eager about the transition to high school, and eventually college, they toured Bethune-Cookman University and Central Florida University. After these visits, many of the girls have expressed interest in applying to both colleges. On the drive down to Orlando the girls stopped to do some sight seeing at Daytona Beach and Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. To conclude the trip, the girls enjoyed (and screamed on) the rides at Universal Studios. November 2013 The girls joined together to bake homemade cookies that they later handed out at an event where Orange County residents could pick up a free turkey for the holidays. June 2013 The girls took a trip to New York City where they navigated around the Big Apple while taking in all the sights it has to offer.
In February, Every Girl Counts went to the CIAA Middle School Day in Charlotte, where they heard from inspiring speakers at a college fair and attended a CIAA basketball tournament game at Bobcats Arena. At the end of the festivities, everyone agreed that they hope to return next year!
Over the holidays, the girls were guests at a holiday party hosted by Beyond Expectations, a sister group for young people in the Orange County school system.
This past fall, Every Girl Counts participants attended an open house at North Carolina Central University in Durham where they learned about various majors at a college fair and went on a campus tour.