Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls

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Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls
Bringing the Girls Inc. experience to more girls

Dear Friend,

I’m proud to introduce you to one of this year’s National Scholars, Paola, whose personal essay is attached. In her story, I hope that you will recognize the many ways in which your investment in Girls Inc. translates into evidence-based programs that help girls like Paola develop confidence, define their voices, pursue their academic and career interests, and become advocates in their communities.

This year, 1,173 girls across the Girls Inc. network graduated from high school, and 84 percent are starting college right away. Their achievements are a testament to their hard work and dedication. They also speak to the commitment of Girls Inc. staff and the support girls have received from their families and their communities—including you. Whether these girls are headed to college or taking another path, I know they will fulfill all of the incredible promise that they represent.

While this year’s graduates face a far different future than any of us expected, I believe that they are well equipped to take on the challenges that lay ahead. A recent two-year study by the American Institutes of Research found that, compared to their peers, Girls Inc. girls are more engaged, curious, and self-assured in academic areas and are better prepared for their next steps after high school.

Thanks to your loyal support, Girls Inc. is able to prepare more girls for success in K–12 and beyond. I am deeply grateful for your confidence in Girls Inc., and I look forward to working with you to continue transforming the lives and futures of girls across the U.S. and Canada.

Best wishes,

Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D.

President and CEO

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Sources include a LinkedIn article by Girls Inc.'s President & CEO, Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D. and a recent proposal.

For more than 150 years, Girls Inc. has worked with girls from some of the most vulnerable demographics, including girls of color and girls who face poverty and other forms of injustice. In fact, Girls Inc. was there for girls whose lives were forever changed by the high mortality rate of the Spanish flu from 1918 to 1920. We made sure that girls who lost family members had the support and tools to lead fulfilling, productive lives.

A century later, we face another global pandemic. We are working to meet the immediate needs of girls and their families. We are also making sure that girls have the tools to cope with the emotional and educational impacts of this crisis, and to emerge as leaders in helping their communities rebuild. 


Meeting Girls’ Material Needs

Across the U.S. and Canada, our 79 affiliates are adapting to ensure continuity and agility in the way they serve girls. They have converted in-person learning environments to virtual platforms, coordinated the distribution of food and personal care products, set up emergency childcare for frontline responders, and much more. They are checking in with their girls regularly, providing stability, reassurance, and normalcy. 


Stemming Learning Loss

Reading at grade level by the third grade is a critical benchmark in a child’s development, predictive of high school graduation and success later in life. Literacy programming will be more vital than ever as affiliates work to tackle the learning loss that will inevitably follow from school closures. Girls Inc. will build on several years’ momentum by providing affiliates with virtual support to implement quality literacy programming, providing virtual literacy support directly to girls, and continuing to build relationships with schools to reach girls who can benefit from Girls Inc. literacy programming. 


Strengthening Trauma-Informed Services

Because the girls we serve are disproportionately negatively affected by COVID-19, Girls Inc. has committed to reinforcing our trauma-informed approach. We are developing resources to support girls who may have lost family members, sheltered in abusive households, suffered food insecurity, or experienced any number of other traumas. Trauma-informed approaches are not designed to treat the effects of trauma, but rather to observe key principles to promote an environment that is responsive to the needs of those affected by trauma. They seek to prevent re-traumatization and to promote recovery and resiliency through trauma-informed service delivery. 


Building Girls’ Leadership Capacities

A recent Forbes piece highlighted the correlation between countries succeeding in managing COVID-19 and countries led by women—just one among many arguments for promoting a new generation of women leaders. Many of the girls who will grow up to fill these key roles are girls of color, living with poverty and injustice. 

Girls Inc. is also continuing to advocate with girls and communities for legislation that will help them right now. Advocacy will continue to be crucial as Girls Inc. works to help girls become more civically engaged in an election year, to elevate their voices and strengthen their capacities to lead. 

Girls Inc. believes that every girl we work with, and every choice she makes, has the potential to change the world. As one Girls Inc. alumna put it, “little waves in the ocean caused by young people's movements will add up in momentum and cause something worth recognition.” That is true of your support, too. Thank you for recognizing girls’ leadership potential, and helping them to become the leaders they were born to be.

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I’m thrilled to share Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead with you. Positioned against the backdrop of a set of critical issues facing girls in the US and Canada, this report highlights results from a new evaluation study from the American Institutes for Research that shows that girls who receive the supports offered by Girls Inc. have a significant advantage over their peers who do not participate in Girls Inc. programming.

Through a two-year, quasi-experimental research study that compared girls in Girls Inc. with a similar group of non-participating girls, researchers determined that regardless of demographic, academic, and social characteristics, girls who participated in Girls Inc. were outpacing their peers in multiple areas of success and were more likely to:

  • See themselves as leaders, with the skills and capabilities to influence and improve their local communities.

  • Have higher standardized math test scores and self-confidence in STEM subjects, and see themselves in STEM careers.

  • Be engaged in and attend school, less likely to be suspended, and be prepared for life after high school.

  • Exercise regularly and participate in sports teams.


Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead seeks to clarify some of the key challenges that girls face, especially girls of color, offering recommendations about the kinds of supports and experiences that help girls push past those obstacles. There is no question: when girls are healthier physically and emotionally, when they possess intellectual tools and persistence, when they feel confident engaging with others and know how to stand up and speak out—then girls succeed.


As our partner in this work, I want to thank you for investing in girls. Together, we are creating the conditions girls need to overcome systemic societal challenges and become strong leaders by providing mentoring relationships, encouraging girls to develop and use their voices, developing a positive self-image, and fostering intellectual confidence. 


Thank you for providing girls with the fundamental opportunities, resources, and supports that help them realize their extraordinary potential. You can access Stronger, Smarter, Bolder here.


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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is the most recent of the young women at whose courage the world marvels. She and her sisters Malala Yousafzai, Emma Gonzalez, and Yara Shahidi—to name but a few—have sought allies, overcome personal obstacles, faced impossible challenges, and committed themselves to taking action in highly visible arenas. Each has a different goal, but they are working toward a unified outcome: a more rational, thoughtful, inclusive, equitable world.

 These young women represent a future in which we are not satisfied simply to compensate successfully in any given situation, but we instead work intelligently toward improving the conditions that create the need to compensate. As I watch their progress, I am incredibly proud to be leading the work at Girls Inc., where every day we work with girls who have the same extraordinary potential.

Because you have invested in that potential, Girls Inc. girls have safe, positive, pro-girl environments in which to explore their inherent strengths and talents. Thanks to your generous support, they have trained, caring mentors who guide and challenge them as they set and achieve goals—from physical and emotional health to high academic performance and self-determination. And your investment is behind them as they broaden their outlook and reach, using the sisterhood and the power they have found in the Girls Inc. Experience to advocate and legislate on behalf of girls and women everywhere. Girls Inc. girls are not only navigating successfully in a sometimes-unaccommodating world, but they are also changing the world for the better.

On behalf of all of us at Girls Inc., I thank you for your confidence in these strong, smart, bold girls, and for your investment in the powerful future that they are creating.

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Girls Inc. has been changing the lives of girls for over 150 years, and I am honored to have been chosen to continue this legacy as I join the organization this month.

This new role weaves together many threads of my previous experience. I have devoted much of my career to advancing and supporting girls and young women, as well as ensuring access to excellence in high-need communities. From serving as a faculty member and administrator at women’s colleges (Wellesley and Mount Holyoke) to leading the Brearley School to addressing the challenges of STEM learning in high-need schools at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, I have been committed to opportunity and achievement for young people, and especially young women. Now I am delighted to share my enthusiasm for this work with Girls Inc., on behalf of our strong, smart, and bold girls.

As I begin my journey with Girls Inc., I am very pleased to announce to you another new leadership appointment: Tony Bucci, a valued member of our National Board of Directors since 2008 and previous Vice-Chair, will be stepping into the role of Board Chair. Tony is Chairman and CEO of MARC USA, one of the nation’s largest privately held marketing communications companies. Tony has often brought the talents and resources of his agency and his personal enthusiasm to our collateral, from the “With You In Her Corner” campaign to our newly designed, mobile-friendly, website. Widely recognized for his high-level thinking, strategic marketing expertise, and philanthropic efforts, Tony was a natural choice to lead Girls Inc.’s Board, and I am so pleased that he has agreed to take on this key position. I look forward to our work together.

I would also like to thank Judy Vredenburgh for all of her advice and support as I step into this important new role. All of us at Girls Inc. are tremendously grateful for her transformative leadership, which has created a solid foundation for our future plans and goals.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be leading an organization that I have admired for many years. I will continue with pride the Girls Inc. traditions of transformational programming for the girls who need us most, and transparency and accountability to you, our important investors. Thank you for helping Girls Inc. make certain that all girls have the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

With all best wishes,

Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D.
President & CEO

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