Sue Weber: Helping girls learn financial options


Girls Inc of Long Island finished 2010 with touching the lives of at least 500 girls and continues to present programming for girls in 2011.  Last year we predominatly presented the "Money Talks" program to girls 9 years old through 18 years old and introduced the "Friendly PEERsuasion program to girls 11 years old and up.  In the "Friendly PEERsuasion" program girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances.  The program begins by helping girls deal with the influences of peers.  Participants build communication skills, recognize stress, and respond to stress in healthy ways: three abilities that form the basis upon which decision making and resistance skills are built.  Girls learn about tobacco, alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements including "natural treatments" and illicit drugs.  They analyze media messages, including advertizing, the glamorize substance use. This program and the "Money Talks" program are helping Long Island girls to become strong, smart and bold.  If you know of girls that can benefit from these programs please feel free to contact us and with your generous support Girls Inc.og Long Island continues to help our community.

Girls Inc. of Long Island "Money Talks" program continues this new school year with continued success.  We are reaching out to more and more girls on Long Island to make them Financially Savvy!  Some comments from last school year include "I loved it!  It taught us about budgets and how to manage your money without getting too involved for our age.  It was very easy to follow.  It involved working as a team and giving up something you want for something you can afford!" Rebecca age 11.  Girls Inc of Long Island has made a difference in the life of Rebecca and over 500 girls on Long Island last year.  We hope to make a difference in hundreds of other girls on Long Island in the coming year.

Girls Incorporated of Long Island is having tremendous success in giving the "Money Talks" program to Long Island Girls. As of the end of the 2010 school year we have reached out in giving the program to approximately 500 girls. Our goal is to educate as many girls on Long Island to be financial literate and inspire them to make wise decisions about money. With continued support for this project we will be able to help so many more girls. We inspire girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. Financial Literacy is so important to the success of our girls.

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Girls Incorporated of Long Island

Massapequa Park, NY, United States

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Linda Santucci

Port Jefferson, NY United States

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