Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is pleased to announced that Annabel Padilla is the organization’s new Assistant Director of Programs. Annabel has been a staff member with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara since 2001. She joined the staff team while studying at the University of California Santa Barbara where she completed her BA in History with a focus in Chicano Studies. She began as a facilitator focusing on science, math, and art. She fell in love with the mission and the work she was doing with girls.
Most recently, Annabel served as Assistant Center Director at the Santa Barbara Center. Prior to that role, Annabel has also served Girls Inc. in a variety of capacities, including: the Teen Center Case Worker and Mentoring Program Coordinator; Project Learn Facilitator; Fun in the Sun Assistant Coordinator; A-OK Program Facilitator; Counseling Center Translator; and Kinderfun Facilitator.
In her new role as Assistant Director of Programs Annabel will be working closely with Kristina Webster, Director of Programs, helping to support the center and program directors, assist with training staff, as well as developing and maintaining positive relationships with the girls, families, and partners throughout the community.
When she isn’t at Girls Inc., Annabel enjoys hiking, riding her bike, camping, reading, and spending time with her dog, Ginger.
Deckers will donate 10% of the sales in May from its Brand Showcase Store to Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.
This is a great way for Girls Inc. supporters to shop for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts in May and make their purchases pay forward in support of empowering girls in our community.
The Showcase Store features products from across all Deckers brands, including: UGG Australia®, Teva®, Sanuk®, Ahnu®, Koolaburra®, and HOKA ONE ONE®.
The Deckers Brand Showcase Store is located at 6601 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA.
Every girl deserves to feel safe, valued, and accepted. Take the Pledge to End Harassment and Bullying of Girls before Noon on Thursday, May 11.
At Girls Inc. we are energized and committed to the work necessary to advance girls’ rights.
It is our responsibility to make sure girls feel safe in school, at home, and in their communities.
Girls Inc. recently surveyed nearly 800 members including girls and alumnae, parents, staff, board members, and donors to determine the top challenges facing girls today.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents identified “Bullying, harassment, and sexual violence” as an issue of concern to them. We can’t ignore this.
Bullying and harassment is a problem that affects us all. Join us and sign our pledge to commit to standing up for girls, because with you in her corner, she will succeed.
DID YOU KNOW?
High school girls are more likely to be electronically bullied than their male peers (22% and 10%, respectively). They are also more likely to be bullied on school property (25% and 16%).
Latina and Black high school girls are less likely than their White peers to be the victim of electronic bullying (17%, 12%, and 26%, respectively.)
Latina and Black girls are also less likely than their White peers to be bullied on school property (19%, 15%, and 30%, respectively.)
MYTHS & FACTS
MYTH: Sexual harassment has to involve touching or propositioning sexual activity.
FACT: Sexual harassment can take many forms.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can be verbal acts like name-calling, requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, jokes, gestures, images and graphics, graffiti, and other written statements or actions that may be physically threatening, harmful, humiliating.
Harassment can include the use of cell phones or the internet (“cyberbullying”). It does not matter whether the harasser intends to cause harm and harassment does not necessarily require repeated incidents.
Under Title IX, if the harassment is severe, persistent, or pervasive, schools have an obligation to do something about it so that the victim does not have to endure a “hostile learning environment.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP END BULLYING AND HARASSMENT:
Share what you will do to end bullying and harassment – download a Girls Inc. pledge (PDF)
Value differences and treat others with respect
Stand up for people who are bullied
Understand why bullies bully
Talk to teachers, parents, and community leaders about solutions
Practice being a good role model and support others if they experience bullying or harassment
Think before commenting on posts or forward messages
Solve problems in a peaceful way
Include those who are left out
Talk to someone if you need help or assistance