EUREKA! PARTICIPANT RESOURCES
We are so grateful to have you in our Eureka! community! Below you will find lots of resources and information that will prepare you for what’s to come in Girls Inc. PNW Eureka! and provide you with tools to successfully navigate the program. Our Eureka! Program Overview Handbook is also a valuable reference. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up for Remind Texts, so that we can alert you about pertinent program information by text. Finally, if at any time your personal information changes (ex: email address, phone number or mailing address), please update your information here.
Throughout the school year, you will have exploratory and mandatory opportunities to engage with Eureka! workshops, field trips, and learning sessions. Periodically, we will hold year-specific mandatory MLSs. This is information that is specific to your year and your attendance is very important. We will also have ample opportunities for exploration! We have lots of fun field trips, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and more to broaden your understanding of STEM and what possibilities wait for you!
Please look through the calendar and click on the link to sign up for Monthly Learning Sessions. Please be reminded that you need to attend 7 MLS in order to be eligible to return the following summer.
Thanks for a great Summer Camp 2021! Check back here in Spring 2022 for Summer 2022 announcements and updates.
Let’s mix it up! As a Third-Year Eurekan, you will have an opportunity to make friends with other Eurekans across sites in a paid group internship. Since 2015, Girls Inc. PNW has partnered with the Northwest Youth Corps for the third-year group internship! NYC crews are free to Eurekans! You may see language in the application about gear purchases and tuition, but Girls Inc. PNW will sponsor both.
We have taken every precaution to ensure that our in-person sessions continue to be a safe space for you. Click here to see a summary of NYC’s COVID-safe protocols to ensure that all crews are safe. We invite you to continue to participate in programming as you are able.
Summer 2022 Northwest Youth Corps Internship dates will be announced in February.
After four years of Eureka exploring different career opportunities and developing your leadership, it is your time to shine! This year you will be placed in a paid externship with a company or organization within your field of interest. This is a paid opportunity to culminate your Eurekan experience and channel your accumulated knowledge, leadership skills, professionalism, and STEM passion into resume-building work experience!
We aim to have externships run for 4 weeks, 20 hours/week between July and August. You meet with Girls Inc. PNW staff and the rest of your cohort for 1-hour every Friday to hear more about other externships, share experiences/learning, and touch base with your community and Girls Inc. PNW support system.
Here is a calendar of placements and coordinating the Fifth-Year Externships:
- Externship Dreaming Session
LATE WINTER THROUGH SPRING
- Extern Onboarding Material Due
- W9 form
- Signed Externship Agreement Form
- Summer Schedule Availability
- Trimet eligibility paperwork (if applicable)
- Review pre-externship self-checklist
- Submit waivers due from host site
- Externship work! Meet with Girls Inc. PNW Eureka! staff and your Fifth-Year cohort every Friday
- Pay Period After the Close of Your Externship: Receive stipend via US Postal Service
- All Externship Host and Externship Program evaluations due at the end of your externship
The Eureka! program is part of a larger ecosystem of STEM programming, wraparound services, and support. Check out the additional opportunities and resources below to enrich your strong, smart, bold journey and leadership.
UPCOMING PARTNER EVENTS
There is so much happening in our community. Click here to see free events held by our trusted partners. Check back often – these come and go all the time!
- Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici invites you to participate in the Congressional App Challenge! Submissions are accepted until November 1st.
- Multnomah County Virtual Workshops
- The Center for Sex Ed is promoting a free Virtual Teen Conference — an interactive, self-paced, virtual learning experience created for high school students and featuring high school students.
- Fehr and Peers is hosting a webinar called “Insider Tips for Landing a Career in Transportation Engineering and Planning” on October 12 @ 4:30pm. Click here to learn more and register.
- Calling all seniors or recent graduates! If you have strong leadership skills and would like to use your education to make a difference on campus and in your community, apply for the Act Six scholarship! Deadline is November 2, 2021. Act Six provides scholars with full tuition, worth up to $245,000 to incredible liberal-arts colleges in the region, over four years
- Calling all seniors! The Oregon Promise Grant is now open! In order to be eligible you must 1) graduate from Oregon high school or receive GED 2) cumulative GPS is 2.5 or higher 3) plan to attend an Oregon community college within 6 months after graduation 4) be an Oregon resident at least 12 months prior to starting community college. It’s super quick – apply today!
GIRLS INC. PNW TUTORING
We understand that virtual learning requires a whole new way of learning, and our volunteers are here to help! If you need a little extra help in a particular subject matter, click here to connect to our volunteer tutoring base. You must be an enrolled Eurekan to receive services. Note: tutoring availability depends on schedule and subject matter match.
Fill out the form below. After you hit submit, a Girls Inc. PNW staff member will follow up with match information.
Chromebook and Internet Hot Spot
Are you currently using unreliable internet, dysfunctional computer, Smart Phone or borrowed Chromebook to access the internet? If so, fill out the Tech Request Form below! We may be able to help provide you with a new Chromebook or hot spot (dependent on funds remaining). You must be an enrolled Eurekan or Girls Group member to receive services.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
The Federal Communications Commission launched a temporary program to help families and households get connected to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
- Starting MAY 12th eligible households can enroll using any of the following options:
- By mail with a paper application
- By contacting a local participating internet service provider (for an initial list of local service providers see below)
- To learn more about the discount program including eligibility and enrollment information, contact any one of the following local partners who are here to help:
- Multnomah County Library: (503) 988-5123
- Call 2-1-1 (or 1-866-698-6155), or TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) or email firstname.lastname@example.org) – 211 Info is a local non-profit that provides callers with referrals to basic needs programs such as food, shelter, health care, and now EBB information
- Call 3-1-1 – the City of Portland’s 311 Customer Service line provides community access to local government information and services, and now EBB information
- Visit the City of Portland website
- Initial List of Local Participating Internet Service Providers:
- Comcast Xfinity: 1-800-934-6489 (wireline)
- Comcast Internet Essentials: 1-855-846-8376 (wireline)
- Ziply Fiber: 1-866-699-4759 (wireline)
- AT&T: 1-800-331-0500 (wireless)
- Human-I-T (using Sprint/T-Mobile network): 1-888-391-7249 (wireless)
- T-Mobile: 1-800-866-2453 (wireless)
- Verizon: 1-800-922-0204 (wireless)
NEED HELP WITH COLLEGE-ING?
Check out these Opportunity Books — available to the public in PDF form.
The College Place offers free specialized support to guide you throughout high school to get you ready for college! This includes FAFSA help, notifying you about scholarship opportunities, and more. Sign up here.
FREE FOOD PANTRIES
Multnomah County community food resources.
FREE TRANSIT TO COVID VACCINATION SITES
Are you having trouble getting to your COVID-19 vaccination clinic? Trimet and Oregon Health Authority are partnering up to provide Eurekan participants and their families free transit fare to get to the clinics! If you need this assistance, please fill out the form below and a Girls Inc. PNW staff member will follow up with you.
RESOURCES FOR GRIEVING FAMILIES
We all need a little help sometimes coping with loss and grief. Here are some resources provided free by Providence.
OUR STRONG, SMART, BOLD COMMUNITY
It takes a village. We couldn’t run the Eureka! program without the love and support of our partners, fellow coalition members, and the wider Strong, Smart, Bold STEM community. Check out what else is going on.
- NE STEAM Coalition
- Portland Metro STEAM Partnership
- The College Place
- Oregon MESA
- Ninth Grade Counts