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.