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.
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