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Women's Giving Circle of Howard County - Best Practices Research and Report

Women's Giving Circle of Howard County - Best Practices Research and Report

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Published by Jessie Newburn
In 2006, the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County , through a Horizon Foundation grant, hired me to research best practices in and around residential camp programs for middle-school age girls. This white paper, posted with permission, is the result of that project.
In 2006, the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County , through a Horizon Foundation grant, hired me to research best practices in and around residential camp programs for middle-school age girls. This white paper, posted with permission, is the result of that project.

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Women’s Giving Circle / Journey ResearchPage 1 of 20
Best Practices Research & ReportJourney 2006: A Residential Camp for Middle School Girls 
Presented to
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County & The Horizon Foundation
by 
 Jessie Newburn
 JN & Associates443-794-7521 jessienewburn@gmail.com www.jessienewburn.com
 August 31, 2006 
 
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Background
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (the WGC) has determined as a funding goalto support middle-school age girls in the county. To this end, the WGC granted $16,750 todevelop and launch Journey 2006: A Residential Camp for Middle School Girls. Journey 2006aims to help middle school girls to begin developing their sense of identity through three lenses:self-awareness, relationships and community.The WGC wishes its funds to support the best possible camp programs to help middle schoolgirls the most. Then, with this knowledge, the WGC wishes, in coming years, to expand itscamp program and/or other programs aimed at this target group to an even larger audience.It is with these goals in mind that the WGC is requesting hired Jessie Newburn of JN & Associates for a one-time project to research evidence-based best practices used at residentialcamp programs for middle school girls.
Note: Journey 2006 ran from X to X date this year and was attended by a diverse group of 25 middle school  girls living in Howard County. Surveys and assessments from this camp session are available at YYYY .
Project Goals
The project goals outlined in the initial proposal were:To research and identify evidence-based “best practices,” applicable to residential campprograms for middle-school girls, which help girls combat the deleterious effects of mass culture.
 
To create an accessible, easily searched, annotated web-based data source highlighting theresearch results, which can be added to and updated in the coming months and years.To make recommendations as to which resources discovered in this process are most applicableto the Journey camp program and to the goals of the Women’s Giving Circle, in general.
Research Process
The research process included three key elements –
 
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interviewing key players holding an on-the-ground lens on middle school girls in the county,2.
 
collecting publicly available data about middle school girls in Howard County, and3.
 
conducting a broad internet scan of programs available to support middle school girls’ development, with a focus on –
 
evidence-based programs,
 
programs applicable to residential camps, and
 
programs for sale and/or license which are highly aligned with the WGC goals.
Interviews
The following individuals were interviewed in 20-30 minute long phone interviews.
Marcy Leonard
Principal, Atholton HS.MLW, Treasurer and Member of Policy Board Journey, Staff Member
Beth Singleton
Gifted and Talented Resource TeacherMurray Hill Middles SchoolMother of a middle school-age girl
Contobia Adams
 Young Adult CoordinatorHoward County Library 
Lisa Boarman
Facilitator for School Counseling Howard County Public School System
Margaret (Peggy) E. Schultz 
Office of Pupil PersonnelHo. Co. Board of Education
(The notes taken during each interview are available in the Addendum of this report.)

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