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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Welcome Go-Girls and families!

A week 7 recap:

This Saturday was a very special day at Go-Girl. What am I saying, every Saturday is special day at Go-Girl as the young ladies paid a visit to the Detroit Eastern Market. Excitement filled the air as the young ladies couldn’t hardly wait to get off the bus and start exploring around the Eastern Market. The young ladies were introduce to several tour guide who couldn’t wait to show the group everything that the Eastern Market had to offer. During the introduction one of the peer-mentors discovered that one of the tour guides used to be a teacher at her school. Goes to show that any day at Go-Girl can become a magical one indeed.

As the young ladies where showed around the market, a tour guide started to talk about a program that allow those with an EBT card to get fresh produce. Those with an EBT card could go to a located booth at the Eastern Market and swipe their card to receive tokens. Those tokens could be used to buy fresh Michigan grown produce only. After the tour the young ladies walked around to the different booths and talked to local vendors. Some of the young ladies stopped market shoppers to ask them a few question from their “food desert survey” that they been working on in class. Team 2 asked a young couple why they shop at the Eastern Market. The couple replied, “The prices are affordable and plus we want to support local businesses.”

The young ladies seemed to really enjoy their time at the Eastern Market. Many of them didn’t want to leave, but as the saying goes, “time fly’s fast when you’re having fun.” Many of the girls said, “That they look forward to coming back to the Eastern Market with their parents and love ones in the near future.”

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 6

Hello families and happy pi day! Our GO-GIRLs had a very creative day today! We began our day with a community building exercise.  Afterwards, our girls focused on their InspireData surveys. They began compiling 12 questions focusing on age, ethnicity, household income, and other demographics to gain various data points about who goes grocery shopping  in other families. This data will expand upon our original subject matter of "Food Deserts in Detroit". Afterwards the girls went to the campus recreation center and played a variety of games prepared by our great student volunteers! Can't wait for week 7 in two weeks!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Week 5 at WSU GO-GIRL!

Hello GO-GIRLS and families,

Woo hoo! Week five was a success!

During the parent cafe, over delicious danishes and doughnuts, Dr. Sally introduced many interesting topics. First, she emphasized the importance of taking on challenging math classes throughout our children's education. Being ahead in math, by taking on the advanced placement courses, proves to be very advantageous by being with other students who are just as motivated, as well as helping get ahead in college courses. Next, a Go Girl mentor, Ashley, came and introduced to parents the positive aspects of utilizing Facebook as a tool of communication. By "liking" Wayne State Go-Girl, you can find out a lot of fun facts and information while staying in the loop with your girls! Afterwards, a Wayne State librarian brought all of the parents to the computer lab and took them on a virtual tour. The most important and useful thing that the parents learned was MEL (Michigan Electronic Library) and how many resources that can be obtained via MEL. Check out the website available to all Michigan residents: www.mel.org

Our Go-Girls learned many different things today, too. What was discussed during our second half of class was the meaning of demographics and characteristics of a population. Out of several which were listed, the most agreed upon for the food desert survey was employment, transportation, number of household members and the distance of their homes from stores. The girls were then brought to the library and created a questionnaire on "InspireData" which they will be using to create their surveys next week.

Looking forward to week six, GO GIRLS!