COMMENTARY: Rosie's Girls teaches this mom how much young girls really can do

Three-week camp focuses on STEM careers

CINCINNATI – As parents of two daughters, my husband and I have always told our girls they are capable of anything – even going to the bathroom standing up if they practice.

But as a mom, I confess I've been nervous each time one of my babies has headed down to my husband's basement workshop to sweat alongside him using saws, chisels and hand planes to build a toy, make a picture frame or help complete a piece of furniture.

A visit to the Rosie's Girls Program showed me just how silly I've been. Rosie's Girls is the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati's three-week summer program for girls between the ages of 11 and 13, and this summer's graduation ceremony is July 25.

A few days before graduation, I saw toolboxes the girls in the program made – measuring and cutting every piece on their own.

I saw jewelry stands they welded together and later spray-painted.

And I got to watch one of the coolest moments of the camp – when the girls found out if the lamps they built and wired lit up when they were plugged into switches and receptacles that the girls also wired on their own.

Insiders can read more about Rosie's Girls, see pictures from May's visit and learn what two of the participants thought of the camp.


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