On Thursday, April 8, Jaymie McGrath was one of five investors at the 2nd Annual Minnow Tank — a competition challenging girls in sixth through eighth grade to pitch a philanthropic project.
Minnow Tank empowers and inspires young girls to have a voice.
The purpose is to have these young girls realize that they can make a difference in the community, whether it relates to financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Outdoor Education, Healthy Living or Leadership.
Three Linn-Mar Middle School girls from Marion, Iowa are working to establish Kidizenship, which provides seminars at local non-profits to people who want to learn how they can be more involved in the community. They earned $500 towards their project.
A group of Franklin Middle School girls from Cedar Rapids, IA want to start Iowa Dance. It is a non-profit for underprivileged young girls to pursue their dancing dreams. The girls would receive free dance lessons in a variety of genres, like jazz, hip-hop and Indian dance. They received $250 to carry out this organization.
A team of girls that go to Harding Middle School aim to start Greenhouse Cycle Gardens to use recycled and reused materials to build a greenhouse. The produce grown in the greenhouse would be shared with the community and local shelters. Their ultimate goal is to expand this project to other schools and districts. $500 was gifted to start this project.
Eager Franklin Middle School girls want to teach underserved and/or at-risk students about music with Music Muchkins. They were gifted $250 for this project.
Finally, Path to Success plans to organize a free four-week course on life skills, like healthy living, financial skills, parenting and preparing for job interviews, which will be taught by volunteers, professionals and/or teachers. They earned $1,000 for this great community-empowering program.
Congrats to all the teams for stepping forward to make the community a better place!
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