Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Eureka! Program Graduates Second Cohort of College-Bound Girls

After five years of programming, the second group of participants in Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Eureka! Program has graduated high school and is gearing up for college this fall, the nonprofit organization announced today. The second cohort is bound for UC Irvine, CSU Channel Islands, San Francisco State University, and Santa Barbara City College. 

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria launched the Eureka program in 2012 to provide leadership and education enhancement opportunities for teen girls, beginning the summer before their eighth grade year and seeing them through the end of high school. Combining college and career preparation, the multi-year program exposes girls to female role models, diverse career paths and a continual support system as they navigate the high school years, begin to establish life goals and look ahead to higher education.

“Eureka! broadens girls’ future academic and career interests, encourages exploration in STEM fields and promotes positive risk taking to help girls gain first-hand knowledge,” said Victoria Juarez, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. “It’s an incredible feeling to watch these dedicated girls – many of which will tell you never believed college was in their future until coming to Girls Inc. – as they achieve these milestones and take the next big step in their academic careers.”

The program begins with two consecutive summers spent at UCSB, which include meetings with mentors, STEM engagement, field trips, and college tours throughout the year. In the third year, the program progresses by shifting the focus to the workplace with an immersive summer externship. The fourth and fifth years of Eureka are committed to seeing the girls through to high school graduation and helping them and their families to navigate the college application process, including essays, financial aid applications, and scholarship submissions. 

The 2018 college-bound graduates of Girls Inc.’s second Eureka cohort class include:

  • Yovanna Ahedo-Perez, CSU Channel Islands 
  • Tahis Alcantar, UC Irvine
  • Anna Artiaga, San Francisco State University
  • Perla Miranda, SBCC
  • Cindy Santana, SBCC
  • Laura Valdez, SBCC
  • Leslie Varela, SBCC
  • Alejandra Alvarez, SBCC

For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria or the Eureka program, please call (805) 684-6364 or visit


Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. We provide programs for girls 6 to 18 years old that focus on science, math, and technology; health and sexuality; economic and financial literacy; sports skills; leadership and advocacy; and media literacy. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit

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