Girls to Lift Off with LEGACY

In July, The Challenger Center at UTC will host the LEGACY Camp (Leadership Exploration for Girls across Chattanooga and Beyond) for rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls. The free, 5-day camp includes exposure to finance, career counseling, image awareness and leadership skills as well as technology.

The LEGACY Camp is a program funded by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., founded in Philadelphia, PA, in 1938. It was begun by affluent African-American mothers in order to provide opportunities for their children to participate in civic and social activities that were previously unavailable due to segregation. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has grown to over 200 chapters both within the U.S. and internationally. The Chattanooga Chapter has been very active in regional and national organizations and is visible throughout the Chattanooga community. The grant funding the girls' camp was made available through TIA Daughters, a global initiative by The International Alliance (TIA), its member networks, and other invited partners throughout the world. The objective of the program is to prepare young girls, ages 8-18, for financial independence.

Located on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Challenger Center is a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a living testimony to the dream of the Challenger crew. In 1986, crew members lost their lives while they were on a pioneering mission to teach and to inspire. Challenger Learning Centers continue that mission by helping prepare students for life in the 21st century. Dr. June Scobee Rodgers is the founding chair of Challenger Center and widow of Challenger shuttle Commander Dick Scobee.