By almost any measure, to be young, female, and of color in San Francisco means the odds are stacked against you: 79% of the city's girls are of color, and these girls are three times as likely to live in poverty as their white peers. 33% of high school girls report prolonged depression, 7% have experienced dating violence, and 25% have been in physical fights within the past year. African American and Latina girls are far likelier than white girls to be arrested, in foster care, or drop out.
Research tells us that girls can beat these odds: To succeed, they need safe and sustained connections with "adult allies" who provide ongoing opportunities for girls to think critically, build practical skills, and be exposed to new possibilities.
Each year, 60 girls age 14-18 will complete an intensive 10-week technology and leadership curriculum, using computer and media arts to increase their abilities to think, learn, express themselves, and succeed in both school and in the workforce. During this 80-hour curriculum, girls develop hands on skills in office and information technology, produce media arts portfolios, explore college options and pathways, learn basic budgeting, and develop personal college-to-career maps.
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