This spring, girls from the Teen Center colaborated with TVSB to create a video with the Student Voices campaign. The video was a part of an ongoing project in which the teens learned how to create an advocacy campaign around something they cared about. They chose to create a campaign to advocate for changes they wanted to see at the center to represent their independence as teens, including desiging their own t-shirts to look different from the traditional Girls Inc. red shirts.
The video, “Teen Girls Advocating for their Rights,” was written and created by the girls with production support from TVSB.
As a result of their video, the girls are designing and producing the first “Teen Center” T-shirt in partnership with Graphic Ink. in Goleta. We are proud of the teens for using their voice and their influence to create the change they want to see.
The Teen Center provides after-school and summer camp programs for girls in grades 7-12, with a focus on leadership development through project-based learning, community service, and advocacy and action.(note: video link will take you to TVSB’s website.)
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is proud to announce its new academic mentorship program, Boost! Tutoring Program. The program – which is in pilot phase at the Goleta Valley Center – aims to increase a girl’s confidence and build a “can do” attitude through consistency, support and enrichment of challenging academic content areas.
Participating girls are partnered with a mentor who focuses on bridging knowledge gaps girls may have that are preventing them from succeeding in their school work.
Boost! was created by long-time Girls Inc. volunteer Debbie Donahue, who has been working individually with girls who needed extra academic support for several years. She recognized a need for more academic mentorships at Girls Inc., and after countless hours of volunteer research and development, Debbie created the framework to pilot Boost! Debbie has now transitioned from volunteer to staff member to serve as the facilitator for that program. A special thank you to Debbie for creating this program to help girls succeed!