Empower a Girl in Long Beach and Anaheim, CA

by 4GIRLS Organization Vetted since 2015
Do you like my hat?
Do you like my hat?

Greetings everyone, 

The 4GIRLS Organization is happy to report that at the end of this past school year, we were able to grant more middle school and high school scholarships than ever before! Brittney, Niyah and Isabella of Long Beach, CA, and Maria, Cassie, Carolina and Karlie of Anaheim, CA, were all the worthy recipients of our 4GIRLS Organization 2018 Scholarship Awards! We were impressed and humbled by their dedication to academics, their commitment to giving back to their communities, and their many overall achievements. Well done, girls! Your future is bright!

As summer began, our Orange County, CA chapter held their second annual “Garden Tea Party” fundraiser and it was great fun! The event provided an opportunity for women and girls of all ages to dress up, wear a fancy hat or a fascinator and enjoy a lovely afternoon learning about and supporting our program. The event also provided an opportunity for our 4GIRLS middle school and high school girls to learn some new skills by making sandwiches, serving tea and even presenting in front of a crowd. It was a successful and sold out event – which ensured that the Orange County, CA chapter received the funding they needed for their upcoming annual workshop. (As a reminder, all of the programs that we offer are at no cost to the girls, so fundraising is critically important to our organization.)

In July, we held a Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop with a certified yoga instructor. Most of the girls that took part in the session had never participated in anything like this before. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive as the girls truly enjoyed learning about the art of mindfulness and centering and being able to spend time focusing on themselves. This was just one in a series of 4GIRLS Empowerment Events that we hold throughout the year. All of these events are designed to expose our girls to fun and empowering activities that they may not have an opportunity to experience otherwise.

As the summer draws to a close, our Orange County, CA team is busy at work preparing for their next annual workshop taking place in Anaheim, CA October 13thand 14th. Approximately 100 girls are expected to attend that event – the largest to date! Our Long Beach, CA team is busy at work preparing for the annual gala taking place on November 3rdat The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. This is the largest fundraising event that we hold and the one that supports most of the programs and activities that we fund throughout the year. It goes without saying that we look forward to reporting on a very successful event next time!

Thank you, as always, for your continued support. We could not do what we do without you.

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

Fun with Grandma!
Fun with Grandma!
Tea Time
Tea Time
Yoga and Mindfullness Workshop
Yoga and Mindfullness Workshop
Yoga Check-in Station - Very Inspiring!
Yoga Check-in Station - Very Inspiring!

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4GIRLS Long Beach Workshop Fun
4GIRLS Long Beach Workshop Fun

Greetings everyone, 

On March 24thand 25ththe Long Beach, CA chapter of the 4GIRLS Organization held our largest workshop to date – with approximately 150 participants in attendance - a 320% increase in workshop participants since our inception in 2010! It was a high energy, high impact event that truly inspired and empowered those in attendance. The theme was “Confident” and by the end of the two-day event, it was apparent that the girls had taken the theme to heart – confidently expressing themselves and, in some cases, demonstrating true leadership qualities. 

Our workshop keynote speaker, Kaitlyn Yang, Founder of Alpha Studios, a Los Angeles based post production company, shared her powerful story and journey about emigrating from China at 9 years-old, being diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy as a young girl (a condition that has left her wheelchair bound), her struggles to fit in at school and, ultimately, finding her voice and her confidence. Her story was a great example to all of us of the power of the human spirit and what can be accomplished through determination and grit! 

In addition to the workshop, the 4GIRLS team was also busy with a couple of Empowerment Events this past quarter. The Orange County, CA chapter participated in a community service activity where they assembled personal care kits for the homeless in the community. Thank you to Orangethorpe Christian Church and the Santa Clara University OC Alumni Association for providing our organization with this opportunity to serve those in need. The Long Beach chapter attended a performance of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Long Beach Playhouse. For many of the girls, it was the first time attending a play. It was great to see their reactions and smiles as they watched the show! Through our Empowerment Events, 4GIRLS strives to expose our girls to as many enriching activities as possible. We love planting seeds of opportunity and watching which ones take hold!

And, finally, 4GIRLS is proud to announce that our Board Member and Orange County Chapter Chair, Angie Gomez, was recognized by Representative Lou Correa as a “Woman of Distinction”. The award honors exceptional women in the 46th Congressional District – and Angie is indeed truly exceptional! She puts her heart and soul into her family, her community and the 4GIRLS Organization. She has touched and continues to touch the lives of many. Congratulations, Angie! 

Looking ahead, the momentum continues as the Orange County chapter prepares for their annual “Garden Tea Party” fundraiser and the Long Beach chapter begins planning their annual fundraising gala. These events, like GlobalGiving, are immensely important to our organization as everything that we offer and provide to the girls is at no cost to them. Thank you to our wonderful donors that continue to support our mission through your generous contributions.

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4GIRLS Workshop Welcome
4GIRLS Workshop Welcome
Angie Gomez, Woman of Distinction
Angie Gomez, Woman of Distinction
Helping the Homeless
Helping the Homeless
Long Beach Playhouse
Long Beach Playhouse
Kaitlyn Yang, 4GIRLS Keynote Speaker
Kaitlyn Yang, 4GIRLS Keynote Speaker

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Be
Be

Greetings everyone,

The 4GIRLS Organization is excited to report that we recently named a new Executive Director, Janet Bittner. She has been involved with 4GIRLS since our inception operating in a variety of capacities, including being a mentor. Most recently a Sales Director at Brother International, and, with a successful 28-year track record in technology sales, Janet’s leadership skills are a tremendous asset to our organization. Having her in this expanded and dedicated role will help 4GIRLS to grow and evolve so that we can further our reach and inspire and empower even more girls.

And, speaking of inspiring and empowering girls, the Long Beach chapter has been busy at work planning the upcoming 4GIRLS annual workshop taking place on March 24th and March 25th. As you may know, the workshop is our marquee event, where middle school girls come together for two days of learning, fun and transformation. This year’s theme is “Confident” and we have a number of subject matter experts and a terrific key note speaker on deck to provide tools and share insights on how to build and exude confidence. This year will be the largest turn out ever – with approximately 150 middle school girls expected to attend! Compare this number to the 35 middle school girls that attended our first workshop 8 years ago, and it is clear that our message and mission is resonating!

In addition to planning the workshop, we have also been busy planning and executing on our ongoing “Empowerment Events”. On February 3rd, 4GIRLS sponsored a CPR Training for the Long Beach chapter, which was delivered by instructors from Bixby Health and Safety. The course taught the girls how to perform basic CPR on adults, children and infants. And, it also taught them how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and how to help someone that is choking. The next Empowerment Event is slated for March 10th, at the Ponderosa Family Resource Center, where the 4GIRLS Anaheim chapter will prepare 200 care kits for the homeless. Empowerment Events are a great way to keep the mission and message of 4GIRLS active throughout the year and we have a number of other great activities planned for 2018!

In closing, 4GIRLS is proud to be included in GlobalGiving’s 2018 Girl Fund Campaign, which runs through March 15th. Please consider making a donation to our program during this campaign period – and, particularly on March 8th, where we have an opportunity to have our donations matched. Help us to continue to inspire and empower girls and young women, like Ivy, a former participant and Junior Mentor, who has this to say about the program -   

“Before attending the 4GIRLS workshops, I wasn’t significantly insecure nor was I being bullied at school. But over the years, I did become more aware of the injustices taking place around me and was able to stick up for those being victimized using the tips I learned.

The 4GIRLS program has changed the way I view the world and how I react to things – not just bullying – but things like sexism and other types of discrimination.

Because of the 4GIRLS program, I have become conscious about my actions and the future I want for myself.”

Empowering and inspiring words, Ivy!

 

Thank you,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

Ivy
Ivy
CPR
CPR

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Confidence - 4GIRLS Orange County Workshop Theme
Confidence - 4GIRLS Orange County Workshop Theme

Greetings everyone,

 We are excited to update you on our 4GIRLS activities as we have been very busy since our last report!  

 On September 16th, the 4GIRLS Long Beach Chapter held its 8th Annual Fundraising Gala at the Los Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California. The event was successful in raising awareness, support and funding for our organization so that we can continue to deliver on our mission. The highlight of the evening was the presentation delivered by Diamond - who is now in high school and serving as one of our Junior Mentors, and who first became a member of 4GIRLS when she was in 7th grade. Diamond shared her memories of the 2014 Workshop, “…building confidence was one of the hardest things to do… I listened to keynote speaker, plus size model, Ashley Graham and it was so awesome for someone like myself to see. I remember most that she said she used to doubt herself a lot…she struggled with people telling her she would never be a model because of her size and she told us that size does not matter if you apply yourself to do whatever you want to achieve. After hearing what she said, I felt like I could do almost anything. Since that time, I have joined A.S.B, Drill Team, Drama, became a Varsity Cheerleader and I even became the Freshman Class Princess as well as Freshman Class President! So, I would say that the 4GIRLS program helped me to shine just as I should, with the name like Diamond!  As a Junior Mentor I am honored to help other girls do the same and to understand that we are capable of achieving any goals and dreams that we strive for. I am proud and incredibly thankful to be a part of 4GIRLS”.

 On October 14th and 15th, the 4GIRLS Orange County chapter held their 2nd, Annual Workshop at the Brookhurst Community Center in Anaheim, California. There were 68 middle school girls in attendance and 12 high-school aged Junior Mentors. The theme of the workshop was “Confidence” and every presenter wove that theme into their discussions. We had subject matter experts lead sessions on the topics of self-esteem, presenting oneself confidently, yoga, self-defense and healthy bodies. In addition, there was a powerful three-woman panel who spoke about how they found their confidence even while facing challenges and adversity. And, our generous keynote speaker, Jessica Resendiz from Raggedy Tiff, (raggedytiff.com), brought a handmade gift for all of the workshop participants, and, demonstrated to all of the girls what it means to share your talents confidently. Based on the feedback received from the girls, including, “I learned to no longer say bad things about myself” and, “If I were to make one change in my life tomorrow, I would never be afraid of anything”, the workshop accomplished its goal of teaching and building confidence!

 On November 4th, the 4GIRLS Organization hosted a community event at The First Congregational Church of Long Beach. It was a memorable morning of inspiration and empowerment with Gerda Seifer, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors. Seifer was 12 years old when the Germans bombed the Polish city of Przemysl - the city where she was born and raised. That event marked the beginning of the harrowing experience Seifer and her family endured for the next few years at the hands of the Nazis. Being that Seifer was, at that time, the same age as many of our girls, her story really resonated with them. For the last several decades, Seifer, a Long Beach resident, has been sharing her story of survival - “Mine is just one story out of millions,” she has said. “We all have different experiences, but they all end the same way – you either survive or you die.” The 4GIRLS Organization was humbled and grateful that she shared her story with our girls and with our community.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to connecting with you again after the New Year!

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

"Healthy Bodies" with Dr. Venessa Gutierrez
"Healthy Bodies" with Dr. Venessa Gutierrez
Confident girls and women!
Confident girls and women!
Gerda Seifer, Holocaust survivor
Gerda Seifer, Holocaust survivor
Inspiring and empowering words
Inspiring and empowering words
Sharing history with the next generation
Sharing history with the next generation

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Mariela Suarez, 4GIRLS Scholarship Recipient
Mariela Suarez, 4GIRLS Scholarship Recipient

Greetings everyone,

As the school year came to a close in June, the 4GIRLS Organization had the honor and privilege of awarding two high school senior girls and two middle school girls well-deserved scholarships. The high school scholarship is for college tuition or college expenses and the scholarship awarded to the middle school girls is to be used for an academic enrichment, sports or arts based program.

This year, one middle schooler used her scholarship for an academic enrichment program and another chose a soccer camp. Previous middle school recipients of the 4GIRLS Scholarship have used their award winnings for guitar lessons, gymnastics lessons as well as a variety of academic enrichment programs. Recipients of our college scholarship have gone on to pursue their dreams at a variety of community colleges as well as California State Universities.

One former college scholarship recipient, Mariela Suarez, shared with us, "By awarding me the 4GIRLS Organization high school scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I promise you I will work hard and eventually one day give something back to others, to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me." 

Whether academic, artistic or athletic endeavors, the 4GIRLS Organization strives to inspire and empower girls, like Mariela, to pursue their dreams and passions. It is very rewarding to be able to help these girls and young women advance their goals and aspirations.

To that end, our team, along with numerous volunteers, have been hard at work preparing for two very important upcoming events. On September 16th, the Long Beach Chapter will hold its 8th Annual Fundraising Gala at the Los Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and on October 14th and 15th, the Orange County chapter will hold their 2nd, Annual Workshop in Anaheim.

As our organization continues to expand and the number of girls we reach continues to grow, we are more committed than ever to our mission. The 4GIRLS Organization, which has served over 500 middle school girls since its inception, aims to help girls to have confidence, to make good decisions and to be the best version of themselves possible.

We cannot accomplish our goals – including continuing to award scholarships -  without the generous support of individuals such as yourself. Thank you for being on this journey with us.

Sincerely,

The 4GIRLS Board of Directors

Maggie Diaz, 4GIRLS Scholarship Recipient
Maggie Diaz, 4GIRLS Scholarship Recipient

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4GIRLS Organization

Location: Long Beach, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.inspiration4girls.org/​
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Twitter: @4_GIRLSorg
Project Leader:
Maria Gugerty
Long Beach, CA United States

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