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.

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Events

 

Summer Camp Schedule:
New Recruits: First Years
Summer Schedule in Person Camp
July 5th-July 15th: Monday-Friday
9:00-3:00pm
Hosted at either PSU, MHCC, or PCC depending on your site choice

Summer Schedule Virtual Camp
July 25th-29th: Monday-Friday
10:00-11:30am
Live Sessions Via Zoom
Asynchronous self-led activities will be available!

Class 2026: Second Years
Summer Schedule in Person Camp
July 5th-July 15th: Monday-Friday
9:00-3:00pm
Hosted at either PSU, or MHCC, depending on your site choice

Summer Schedule Virtual Camp
July 25th-29th: Monday-Friday
12:30-2:00pm
Live Sessions Via Zoom
Asynchronous self-led activities will be available!

Class 2024: Fourth Years
Summer Schedule in Person Camp
July 5th-July 15th: Monday-Friday
9:00-3:00pm
Hosted at PSU

Summer Schedule Virtual Camp
July 25th-29th: Monday-Friday
1:00-2:30pm
Live Sessions Via Zoom
Asynchronous self-led activities will be available!

 

 

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:

WINTER
  • 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
SUMMER
  • 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!

  • COVID SUPPORT: We understand that COVID-19 guidance is changing quickly, and that can cause anxiety and emotional distress. Not everyone has an immediate support system around them. If you’d like to find mental health resources, visit our website for information about crisis support hotlines, including for mental health and youth, as well as contact information for local mental health programs throughout Oregon, listed by county. You can also find mental health resources and information in multiple languages at Safe + Strong.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center is re-opening on 10/30! Entry to the Teen Tech Center is FREE (no museum admission required). If you’re between 13-18 years old and are interested in playing with some multimedia technology-focused materials, stop on by. It will be open Tuesday-Friday from 2:30-7:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-5:00.
  • It is scholarship season! Both The Ford Family Foundation (tfff.org/scholarships ) and the OSAC Common Scholarship Application (https://oregonstudentaid.gov ) are open, as are many other local and national scholarships. For support locating and applying for scholarships, set up an appointment with Jenn from The College Place. https://calendly.com/tcporegon/appointments 

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.

REQUEST A TUTOR

 

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:
    • Online
    • 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 help@211info.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)

 

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM 
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet 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 if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
Participates in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.

Two Steps to Enroll
1. Go to ACPBenefit.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.

 

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.

Check out “How to Pay for College” in English and in Spanish from the folks at The College Place

 

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.