By offering games, art, crafts, robotics, dance, and talks from prominent women in the area, the Wonder Girls Camp boosts girls' self confidence.
The camp is aimed at girls ages 9 to 14. Located at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and developed by the Crisis Center, it offers science, technology, engineering, arts, and math as well as nutrition, preventing bullying, fitness, dance, and learning about healthy relationships which promote empowerment.
The STEM education services are provided by Think Outside the Box, a non profit organization based in El Paso. According to Operations Manager Alexander Arreola, campers were shown how to work together as a team, how to respect others, and leadership skills. The organization conducts robotics competitions, and offers STEM education services to any school or organization desiring them.
The keynote speakers were a highlight for the girls. They've heard talks given by District Judge Sara Kate Billingsley, businesswoman Sandra Eoff and Noemi Contreras, owner of Mamacita’s restaurant.
“It has been a learning experience, for sure, but everything has played out just perfect. The kids are responding to our programming. We’re also getting feedback from them, so that’s really good. They’re very outspoken. They’re very confident, so it has been a great surprise for us,” said Crisis Center Director of Community Services Lydia Garcia.