Natali Gonzalez

Eureka! participant Natali Gonzalez, right, is working with the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara in HASB’s summer program, “Literacy in the Garden.” Gonzalez’s supervisor, left, is Charla Bregante, who runs the literacy program for K-through-sixth graders living in low-income housing.  

Now in its third year, the Girls Inc. Eureka! program for teens focuses on career exploration, workplace skills and mentorship. Girls in the program partner with workplace mentors in career fields that interest them, gaining experience and developing workplace skillsets. Specifically, Eureka! girls learn: how to take constructive criticism; how to speak confidently in a work setting with adults; and how to take on more responsibility and independence. This year, 13 sites across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are hosting girls for 80 hours over the course of four weeks. 

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