Apr 22, 2019

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work

Girls Inc. is proud of our work for and with girls, and it’s important to us that you are too. Above all, we are determined to be accountable to the girls we serve and to you, our investors. That’s why we are pleased to share these important updates and exclusive information on how we’re meeting the needs of girls today, and the impact we’re making in their daily lives.

In October, we announced our new advocacy campaign:  #GirlsToo: Respect Starts Young. Inspired by the stories of girls from across the country, #GirlsToo was conceived to bring awareness to the fact that sexual harassment and violence affect girls as well as women. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to join the ranks of more than 10,000 signers and take a stand against sexual assault and harassment by signing the #GirlsToo pledge. To sign and gain access to important information for youth, parents, educators, and others on this topic, visit girlstoo.girlsinc.org.

We continue to work toward our ambitious growth goals. I am proud to announce that our third cohort of growth grantees has been selected: an additional nine affiliates were awarded two-year grants of $100,000 - $500,000 each to grow the number of girls they serve comprehensively by over 3,500, an increase of 138% in just two years.

Our newest cohort of growth grantees are:

Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis

Girls Inc. of Island City, CA

Girls Inc. of Johnson County, IN

Girls Inc. of Monroe County, IN

Girls Inc. of Pinellas, FL

Girls Inc. of San Antonio

Girls Inc. of Worcester

With the addition of this group, 46 affiliates - or 57% of the entire network - have taken the plunge and committed to growth with impact. In total, with your support, we have invested $9.1M in affiliates to grow by over 25,000 girls and enter two new markets: reaching more communities, more schools, and most importantly, more girls.

Finally, I am thrilled to share that our Board of Directors has appointed Stephanie J. Hull as the next President & CEO of Girls Inc., starting May 15, 2019. Stephanie has had a long and illustrious career as a leader in education and as a women’s advocate and was the unanimous choice to succeed me as the head of this extraordinary organization. We look forward to introducing you to Stephanie in the months ahead and know that you will find her to be the right leader for Girls Inc. at this point in time.

Thank you for your support of Girls Inc. and girls. During my tenure, I have been proud of the obstacles we’ve overcome, the gaps we’ve closed, and the strong, smart, bold girls whose futures we have secured. Together with Stephanie, I know you will continue to invest in the rights and opportunities of girls, as we progress towards the best future possible for all girls.

Warm regards,

Judy



Jan 22, 2019

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work

Thanks to your generosity, and your trust in Girls Inc., we are proud to share we are making important progress towards the best future possible for all girls. In 2016, we debuted our campaign of aggressive growth with the intention of serving more girls than ever before. Thus far, 36 affiliates, through two growth cohorts, are pursuing our goal of doubling the number of Girls Inc. girls served through 2020.

In November, after an intensive vetting and application process, we were thrilled to commit an additional $1,000,000 to eight affiliates from our first cohort through our Growth Capital Campaign.

These affiliates are exceeding expectations, with both their growth goals and their commitment to continue building strong and self-sustaining affiliates. In addition, they are accurately measuring the impact they’re making daily in the lives of the girls they serve to ensure girls are receiving the programming they need to overcome the obstacles they face.

Collectively, these eight affiliates plan to serve an additional 3,000 girls by 2020, over and above their original goals:

  • Girls Inc. of Holyoke
  • Girls Inc. of New Hampshire
  • Girls Inc. of New York City
  • Girls Inc. of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Girls Inc. of Santa Fe
  • Girls Inc. of Sarasota
  • Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
  • Girls Inc. of Tennessee Valley

To date, and with your help, we have committed $7.9 million to affiliates in Cohorts One and Two, as they endeavor to serve an additional 22,000 future leaders and change-makers by 2020. In early 2019, we will begin the process of selecting Cohort Three; applications are due at the end of this month, with grants awarded in March.

Thank you for your dedication to a strong, smart, and bold future through Girls Inc. Your support makes this progress possible: your investment fuels the momentum of our growth and the promise that more girls than ever before have the support they need to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

 

 

 



Oct 24, 2018

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work

Sexual harassment and violence is an epidemic in our society. Over the last year, the emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have shed light on these important issues. At Girls Inc., we know this isn’t a problem affecting only adults: 1 in 4 girls will experience sexual violence before she turns 18. Furthermore, 50% of boys report being sexually harassed at some point in high school. This is a problem for us all.

Despite these startling statistics, there is little attention cast on the how these offenses affect school age children. The repercussions of sexual assault, violence and bullying are catastrophic:  86% of girls who have experienced sexual assault have felt down, depressed, or hopeless. Society at large perpetuates negative attitudes and normalizes behaviors that harm girls and follow them into adulthood. At Girls Inc., we understand the importance of breaking the cycle early. Undertaking large scale societal change can seem daunting, but at Girls Inc.: we’re up to the challenge, and we’re starting now.

With your help, Girls Inc. is proud to debut: #GirlsToo: Respect Starts Young. This national advocacy campaign highlights the deeply entrenched norms that harm girls, and the role each of us - youth, educators, parents, friends and supporters - can play in creating a culture that no longer tolerates sexual harassment in any form, and that values and promotes the dignity of girls and all young people.

We are inspired by the voices of girls, and we are dedicated to doing our part in creating the best future possible for each strong, smart, and bold girl. #GirlsToo: Respect Starts Young was conceived by input we received from many of you, and importantly, from Girls Inc. girls, families, and alumnae. We know culture change is hard and will take years, but Girls Inc. is ready to lead, because every person deserves to feel safe and comfortable at school: no matter what.

As one of our friends, we know already that you are invested in girls:  together, we ensure that they don’t just survive, but that they have the resources and skills they need to thrive and reach their full potential. We appreciate the many ways you support girls: your help ensures true change in the lives of each individual girl, but also that we are able to meet the complex needs of girls today and address these larger cyclical and systemic concerns that affect their lives. #GirlsToo would have been impossible without your dedication to the rights and opportunities of all girls and your trust in Girls Inc.

Thank you for your investment in girls and in the change necessary to ensure a better future for us all. Our goals are ambitious and will take collective action by our network of girls, supporters, and partners from coast to coast: join us and take the #GirlsToo pledge today! If you already have, please encourage others to do the same.

We are proud to partner with you, to create a safer, more equitable society for everyone: especially the girls who need us most. Thanks to you, we are working to change the conditions in which our youth are growing up, and create communities where everyone, especially girls, are safe, respected, and valued.   

Warm regards, 

Judy

 
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