A group of 13 local girls recently returned from a five-day trip to Washington D.C. as part of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Eureka! program. The teens met with the offices of their elected representatives including Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Salud Carbajal to discuss issues important to them, such as mental health services, comprehensive sexuality education and combating sexual harassment in schools. Additionally, they met with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to learn more about their work and the career paths of those working to protect civil rights.
The girls—who will be entering 11th grade—also had the opportunity to tour Georgetown and George Washington University, where they networked with students and faculty. As part of a meeting with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s data and analytics director, they also learned about applied STEM careers in politics and public policy.
During the five days, the teens also enjoyed a private, after-hours tour of the Library of Congress, explored the historical monuments on a moonlit trolley ride, and visited the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Xochitl Moreno, a Eureka! alumna from the first cohort, joined this year’s trip as a chaperone, providing the girls with valuable mentorship and sharing her own experience as a first-generation college student.