Healthy. Educated. Independent. This is how I want my daughter, and all girls in our community, to grow up.
Did you know that 78% of girls in our country are unhappy with their bodies? But at Girls Inc., 77% are happy with their bodies. I am passionate about Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the work we do.
As a professional woman and mother, I am happy to know there is an organization focused on a safe environment for girls to explore who they are while being surrounded by positive role models who help them navigate many social, economic, and gender barriers and stereotypes.
Girls Inc.’s research-based programming is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Trusting, mentoring relationships help young people attain the psychological and social skills that are necessary for success in education and in life.
93% of Girls Inc. girls say there is an adult at Girls Inc. they can depend on.
Did you know that 1 in 6 girls will not finish high school? And that students living in low-income families are 5x more likely to drop out of high school than their financially secure peers?
As a professional woman, long-time donor and board member, I am happy to know that there is an organization focused on a safe environment for girls to explore who they are while being surrounded by positive role models who help them navigate many social, economic and gender barriers.
Girls Inc.’s research-based programming focuses on the development of the whole girl. Girls Inc. girls are eager to learn, are successful in school and more likely to graduate, and:
Nine out of 10 Girls Inc. girls care about doing well in school, like learning new things and try to find out more about the things that interest them.
89% of Girls Inc. girls find STEM classes interesting.
90% of Girls Inc. girls are hopeful about their futures.
In July of this year, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara received a challenge grant opportunity through a Los Angeles-based foundation in the amount of $75,000 for 2017 and $75,000 for 2018 to address numerous critical capital and infrastructure needs. Thus far, $45,000 has been raised toward the 2017 installment, with an additional $30,000 needed by December 31st to receive the full disbursement.
These critical capital items include the repair or replacement of a number of aging vans and youth buses, failing servers, PCs (Girls Inc. currently operates with 100% donated and used technology, at varying stages of age and operating capacity), and an outdated and barely-functioning phone system.
Girls Inc. cannot successfully execute upon its mission and provide direct service to the girls in the Santa Barbara community without addressing these items, which were identified following a 2016 organizational assessment that also led to the creation of a detailed Integrated Technology Plan.
Cash donations of all sizes are needed and welcomed to help us meet the 2017 and 2018 matching goals.
Your donation will go a long way to help us meet the challenge and would represent an investment in the long-term sustainability of Girls Inc.’s ability to continue equipping girls to navigate the social, gender, and economic challenges they still face in their path toward independence and success.
Please contact Barbara Ben-Horin, CEO, 805-963-4757 to discuss how your investment can go twice as far in 2017 and 2018.
October 11th, 2017 is International Day of the Girl. Girls Inc. is celebrating this year with a five-day focus “The Power of an Educated Girl,” which brings awareness to how as a community we can empower girls to lead healthy lifestyles.
Less than 50% of high schools offer comprehensive sex ed, which helps girls make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and wellbeing. You can help by advocating to educate girls by:
Creating a save space for conversation; Modeling healthy relationships and behaviors; Advocating for comprehensive sexual education; Promoting media and technology literacy; Appreciating, embracing and advancing diversity.
Engage with us on Facebook or Twitter to champion and create a positive, safe, and affirming culture where girls can grow up strong, smart, and bold. #InternationalDayoftheGirl #EmpowerHer #HerSexuality.