Nov 23, 2016

4GIRLS Organization Update - November 2016

Team Spirit Breast & Ovarian Cancer Walk
Team Spirit Breast & Ovarian Cancer Walk

Greetings everyone,

We have some great things to share with you since our last 4GIRLS Organization update three months ago. There certainly never seems to be a dull moment!  

In September, our team participated in a community service activity – The Team Spirit Breast and Ovarian Cancer walk in Long Beach, CA. One of our board members is a breast cancer survivor, one is an ovarian cancer survivor and one is currently undergoing treatment for beast cancer – so this walk is near and dear to many involved with our organization. This is the second year that we have participated in this event as 4GIRLS and for a majority of the girls that joined us, it is the first time they have ever done a cancer walk. We love to be witness to their sense of accomplishment and contribution as they walk through the finish line!

In October, we held a fun and informative 4GIRLS Virtual Reality "Empowerment Event". We were fortunate to have a representative from Google, Maggie Minogue, take us on a number of Google "Expeditions", a virtual reality teaching tool that takes students on immersive virtual trips all over the world. For our expeditions, we “visited” the moon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and The Great Wall of China! Our amazing adventures were followed up by a terrific presentation from Robert Taylor, Partner and Director at Pure Imagination Studios. Robert taught us about the past, present and future of Virtual Reality and encouraged the girls to dream big!

And, finally, most recently in November, we held our 4GIRLS Annual Gala. As we have shared before, all of the activities that we offer to the girls in our program is done at no cost to them. The two primary sources of funding for all that we do comes from the Annual Gala and Global Giving. This year, our Gala was at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA and we had the honor to have two 4GIRLS participants come and share with the attendees what their participation in this organization has done for them.

Ivy Jenkins, who is now a high school junior and attended her first workshop when she was in 7th grade, shared, “The 4GIRLS program has changed the way I view the world and how I react to things...Because of the 4GIRLS program I have become conscious about my actions and about the future I want for myself” and, “it is important for programs like 4GIRLS to exist to continue to promote female empowerment and to express the importance of self love and confidence among growing young women.”

Magdalena Diaz, a college freshman and a recipient of last year’s 4GIRLS scholarship, said this about our workshop – “Little did I know how much my inner self would change after just two days of experiencing this amazing event. I was exposed to a sight I wasn’t used to seeing in my everyday life, women leaders! Women speakers with amazing speeches and stories of empowerment. It saddens me when I see not only boys bullying girls, but when girls bully girls instead of helping each other succeed. Being around women who love and support other women was inspiring” and she also shared, “Attending the 4GIRLS workshop has really inspired me to go towards the career I’ve always wanted - to be a probation officer.”

We are so thankful for the opportunity we have to serve, inspire and empower so many amazing young girls and young women! And, we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to help us accomplish our mission!

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

We walk for many both here and gone
We walk for many both here and gone
Virtual Reality Workshop
Virtual Reality Workshop
Fun Google "Expeditions"!
Fun Google "Expeditions"!
Ivy Jenkins
Ivy Jenkins
Magdalena Diaz
Magdalena Diaz

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Aug 24, 2016

4GIRLS Organization Quarterly Update

4GIRLS Orange County Workshop 2016
4GIRLS Orange County Workshop 2016

Greetings everyone, 

The 4GIRLS Organization is very excited to announce that after six years in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, August 20th, we expanded our footprint and launched our very first Orange County, CA workshop. The event was held at the West Anaheim Youth Center. 

Being that it was the first workshop in this community, we did not know how many girls we would attract. We were very surprised and thrilled to have 45 middle school girls in attendance along with 10 Junior Mentors!  The Junior Mentor is a high school aged girl that works closely with an Adult Mentor during the workshop to facilitate conversation at their assigned table and encourage the girls in their group to fully participate in the program. And participate in the program they did!

After a day filled with empowering and inspiring content, including sessions on self esteem, positive self talk, self defense, healthy bodies, and yoga, the girls used their voices to share a positive word or two that they had selected for themselves during the workshop. 4GIRLS believes that we create our world through our words, so it was once again humbling and fulfilling to hear these young girls share their positive messages with the group in such a courageous and confident way. 

And speaking of courage and confidence, our Keynote Speaker, the Emmy winning writer/producer of the documentary "Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children/Para Todos los Ninos”, Sandra Robbie, shared the amazing and little known story of Mexican Americans who in 1946 won a class action lawsuit to desegregate the school system in Westminster, CA. This took place 8 years before the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. It was quite an enlightening session.

Overall, it was a great day and our mission to inspire and empower middle school girls was accomplished! Thank you all for your continued support and sponsorship of our organization!

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

General Session
General Session
Words
Words
Powerful
Powerful
Self Defense
Self Defense
Positive
Positive
May 26, 2016

4GIRLS Organization Update

Finding Kind
Finding Kind

Greetings everyone,

 There has been a lot of fun, learning and growing at the 4GIRLS Organization since our last update!

 We held our 6th annual 4GIRLS Workshop on April 16th and 17th and by all accounts it was a huge success. There were over 75 girls in attendance – our largest group to date – and we had many first time adult volunteers that were eager and excited to share our mission of inspiration and empowerment with the girls.

Our workshop theme this year was “Powerful” and all of the presentations and activities at the workshop supported the theme. The topics and activities included a “Positive Power” presentation on anti-bullying, a teen “Power Panel” discussing character and leadership, a “Patting the Ants out of your Head” presentation teaching tools and tricks to avoid negative self-talk and behaviors, self-defense and vision journaling to name a few. Based on the overwhelmingly positive survey results from the girls and adult volunteers, it was an amazing and impactful weekend!           

We also held two Empowerment Events this quarter, including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event and a viewing of the acclaimed documentary, “Finding Kind.”

The 4GIRLS Organization teamed up with Shared Science (www.sharedsciencefun.org) for a half day STEM event where the girls learned how to code, had fun making a robotic "scribbler", and tried their hand at soldering LED "eyes" onto a Maker robot. The session was facilitated by a number of computer science and math savvy women (including a real life rocket scientist!) that shared their passion and intellect and shared with the girls the possibilities that are available to them if they wish to pursue a career in STEM. We all learned a lot!

 We also offered a special Mother’s Day weekend viewing of the acclaimed documentary, “Finding Kind” (www.findingkind.indieflix.com/home/) where the girls were invited to bring their favorite adult female. The documentary brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying. Their over-arching message is that not everyone can be the smartest, prettiest, wealthiest, etc. – but everyone can be kind. The viewing was followed by a presentation and a “kind” activity (the girls and women were encouraged to write a kind note or apology to someone in their life.)

As you can see, we have been busy! And, our mission continues as we look forward to August when we launch our new 4GIRLS chapter in Anaheim/Santa Ana. We are excited and ready to inspire and empower a new group of girls!

Thank you all for your continued support and sponsorship of our organization!

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

STEM Empowerment Event
STEM Empowerment Event
4GIRLS Workshop 2016
4GIRLS Workshop 2016
 
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