Eureka! program

All 13 Eureka! program participants received their high school diplomas this spring. From left, front row are Alondra Lemus, Emily Carranza Saldana, Mitzi Marin Alpizar, Stephanie Chavez-Marquez, Hannia Hernandez, Mayra Ramirez and Isa Alarcon; from left, back row are Diana Marquez, Kaitlyn Casas, Laura Flores, Janeth Hernandez, Joana Romero and Lupita Villarreal. 

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s fifth cohort of the Eureka! program graduated high school this spring, preparing to transfer to colleges this fall. The 13 women in the program will be heading to several colleges across the state, including UC Berkeley, SBCC, UC Los Angeles and Chapman University. 

This year’s Eureka! graduates are Alondra Lemus, Emily Carranza Saldana, Mitzi Marin Alpizar, Stephanie Chavez-Marquez, Hannia Hernandez, Mayra Ramirez, Isa Alarcon, Diana Marquez, Kaitlyn Casas, Laura Flores, Janeth Hernandez, Joana Romero and Lupita Villarreal. 

The program, which last five years, helps young women with college readiness, encouraging them to explore science, technology, engineering and math. The program was first launched in 2013 by Girls Inc. and introduces young women to female role models, supporting them throughout their educational careers. 

Currently, 83 young women are enrolled in the program. 

“We are beyond proud to see this group of dedicated young women achieve this significant milestone and prepare for the next big step in their academic and professional careers,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. 

“Our girls have pushed past significant obstacles – including the challenges of this unprecedented year – but their determination to creating a path for success never wavered. We know they will continue to carry the strong, smart and bold values with them in this next stage and look forward to seeing their continued growth.”

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