Advocacy

Update 11/7/17: Join us in urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act, a bi-partisan bill that grants protection from deportation and provides an eventual pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, including an estimated 20,000 educators and 776,000 children. Contact your member of Congress and ask them to support a clean DREAM Act and allow our immigrant girls to continue thriving in this great nation.

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is one of 85 Girls Inc. affiliates across the United States and Canada. The national organization has a Public Policy Office that advocates on behalf of all girls. Nationally and locally, we translate our work with girls in the field into powerful advocacy to improve girls’ opportunities to succeed and lead healthy, independent, and educated lives.

The national Girls Inc. advocacy platform works to:

  • Increase educational opportunities for girls (particularly for those from under-resourced communities);

  • Prevent and curtail physical and sexual violence;

  • Ensure the equal treatment and protection of girls in the juvenile justice system; and

  • Ensure girls get the confidence, knowledge and resources they need to lead healthy lives.  

Girls Inc. (national) has a Policy Advisory Group made up of Girls Inc. affiliate leaders, alumnae, and National Board members, as well a Girls Action Network made up of nine Girls Inc. girls who are in high school and are interested in helping to lead our advocacy efforts. A revised national advocacy framework for 2017-2020 was proposed and accepted at the Girls Inc. National Conference in October 2017. The four pillars of advocacy for girls include:

Combat Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence

Promote Access to Education & Economic Independence

Support Girls’ Mental Health

Advance Reproductive Justice

Learn more about the Girls Inc. national advocacy platform.