The Rosie’s Girls Santa Monica program, a three-week summer program for girls designed to build self-esteem and leadership, has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Women’s Foundation of California Los Angeles Donor Circle.

The grant will provide scholarship funding for girls who would otherwise not be able to afford the Rosie’s Girls program and support an ongoing apprentice program for Rosie’s Girls alumnae, according to the organization.

The Rosie’s Girls Santa Monica program is provided through the collaborative efforts of the city’s Community and Cultural Services and Community Maintenance departments. During the program’s camp sessions, girls learn skilled trades such as carpentry, firefighting, plumbing, welding, tree trimming and automotive repair.

The youths can build confidence through participation in physical challenges including a high-altitude ropes course, surfing and kayaking, program staff said. The physical challenges create the opportunity for the girls to take risks, experience something they might have otherwise avoided, provide support to each other, and be successful at the kinds of activities usually reserved for boys, staff said.

The Apprentice Program, now entering its third year, brings Rosie’s Girls alumnae 14 years and older back to the camp in a counselor-in-training role to enhance their leadership, employment and fiscal literacy skills. The apprentices, also known as the “A-Team,” take the lead in developing and managing the Rosie’s Girls community service project for each session, including management of its budget and related entrepreneurship components.

The A-Team reflects the city’s commitment to creating a full continuum of mentoring, employment skill-building and hiring opportunities for young people, program staff said. The Women’s Foundation grant will provide stipends to the A-Team members.

Rosie’s Girls Santa Monica is held at the City Maintenance Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave.

Information about the Women’s Foundation of California, www.womensfoundca.org/.

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