Camp Rosie: Girls on the Rise

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Camp Rosie: Girls on the Rise

Camp Rosie is a week long summer camp designed to empower and educate girls entering grades 6th-9th, through a series of workshops and activities focused on STEAM Education, Arts and Culture, Life Skills and Healthy Relationships, and Leadership and Civic Engagement. By promoting assertive self-expression, teaching important life skills, and fostering the practice of leadership in a variety of settings, this unique and transformational pre-high school summer program inspires girls to reach their full potential. Our 2021 camp dates are: June 21-25, July 12-16, and July 26-30. Registration is now open!

Camp Rosie: Girls on the Rise – Summer 2020 Impact Report

Audience: For girls entering in 6th – 9th grade in the fall of 2020 (Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena and all surrounding school districts)

Program Areas of Focus:

Girls Empowerment through STEAM

Our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) workshops are designed to engage and inspire girls to pursue interests and careers in STEAM, a field that currently has 24% female representation in California. STEAM trainers provide hands-on summer camp activities, lead engaging presentations on their areas of expertise, and create a space for girls to ask questions about their journeys in STEAM.

Life Skills & Healthy Relationships

The whole girl experience is valued and uplifted at Camp Rosie. In addition to STEAM education, campers receive workshops on building healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and stress reduction techniques including yoga, journaling, and breathing exercises. Each camper participates in Safe Dates, a violence prevention curriculum used throughout the week of camp, which aims to challenge attitudes and beliefs related to violence, while promoting new skills that support girls’ safety and empowerment.

Arts & Culture

Through art and culture workshops and group processing sessions, campers learn about different cultures and experiences through an affirming social justice lens. Campers participate in poetry, journaling, photography, and art workshops, using different mediums to express themselves and to connect with their camp cohort. Each day, campers check in as a group to process different topics that promote connection and community.

Leadership & Civic Engagement

Camp Rosie helps girls prepare for their future by providing them with learning opportunities, skill building activities, and engagement with role models as they explore their own leadership pathways. Campers are provided with training on their legal rights as youth, participate in college tours, create business plans through financial planning workshops, and hear from women who have stepped into leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

Sample Week Overview:

YWCA Glendale and Pasadena are spending this week inspiring girls in Camp Rosie to dream big! Our girls participated in healthy relationship workshops, an ongoing writing project with Glendale Libraries, STEAM workshops including Google CS First coding, wildlife biology activities, and a Q&A with NASA JPL Instruments Engineer Janelle Wellons! Students also discussed their rights as youth, looked ahead to higher education, and created teen business plans in their path to being our community’s future leaders.

Healthy Relationships:

    • Campers supported each other in the YWCA’s Healthy Relationships workshops and discussed topics such as overcoming gender stereotypes, defining caring relationships and signs of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.


      • Janelle: Camp Rosie got an inside look at what it means to be a woman in STEAM through a Q&A with Janelle Wellons, NASA JPL Instrument Ops Engineer. Janelle shared her personal journey to finding success and encouraged our girls to pursue their goals!

Pasadena Federal Credit Union Shout Out:

        • Girls learned about teen entrepreneurship through Pasadena Federal Credit Union’s support of Camp Rosie! Campers learned about the work and tools needed to create a teen business plan and the essentials of entrepreneurship.

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture:

        • Campers expressed their personal reflections and opinions about the fight for racial justice and their experiences in living through this pandemic. In partnership with Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, we continue to validate and amplify our girls’ voices!

Poetry with Katherine Kottaras:

        • Girls explored their identities through writing “I Am” poems with Katherine Kottaras, author of How to Be Brave. The girls’ poems touched on the many aspects of their lives and family relationships that allowed them to express who they are.

Teranga Ranch:

        • Camp Rosie girls were able to engage in exciting Wildlife Biology activities In partnership with Teranga Ranch, our girls were able to dissect owl pellets in a hands-on science activity.

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors!


Las Candales

National Charity League – Glendale

Pasadena Federal Credit Union

Sharon and Bill Weisman