of Greater Philadelphia
and Southern New Jersey
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dena Herrin
GIRLS INC. OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA & SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL GROWTH AND EXPANSION
March 21, 2017 Philadelphia, PA – Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey is proud to announce its three-year grant award of $100,000 to expand strategically to serve more girls growing up in low-income communities. A total of 17 grants were awarded to Girls Inc. affiliates in the U.S. and Canada during the first round of funding.
The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation chose the Girls Inc. network for a $10 million investment, as a part of their visionary plan to invest in organizations capable of making a transformational difference in the lives of youth. The Girls Inc. national board led a campaign to match the Foundation’s investment and will award $14.5 million in growth grants over the next 3 years.
“Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey has a strong track record of making a measurable difference in the lives of girls,” said Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. “As a well-run, sound organization, they are poised for expansion and growth, preparing more girls for responsible and confident adulthood, economic independence and personal fulfillment. We are thrilled at the national level to recognize their impact and invest in their future success.”
A requirement of the award is for Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey to leverage local support to ensure they have the necessary resources to sustain and grow even more following the grant period. “We will build on our successful partnerships with more than 30 of Philadelphia’s schools and other youth serving organizations to bring the Girls Inc. Experience to many more girls,” said Dena Herrin, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey. “Over the next two years, we plan to expand the number of partnerships, our geographic reach to include Camden and our center based programs. There will be many opportunities to invest in us and, most importantly, the girls of our community.”
In addition to the gender and social barriers faced by all girls, many girls are burdened with the realities of childhood poverty. Children who grow up poor are more likely to struggle with cognitive and developmental issues, perform poorly in school, and experience violent victimization. With these investments, Girls Inc. is positioned to have the most significant and life-changing impact on girls with few opportunities.
As a member of the first grant class, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey leads the Girls Inc. network in creating and sharing innovative practices that can be replicated throughout the country, having a cascading impact on thousands more girls around the country.
About Girls Inc.Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls. Join us at www.girlsincpa-nj.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dena Herrin
215-735-7775 ext. 403
GIRLS INC. OF Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey RECEIVES $70,000 TO REDUCE GIRLS RISK OF INVOLVEMENT IN JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Philadelphia, PA (January 11, 2017) – Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has received $70,000 to further serve girls at increased risk of juvenile delinquency and victimization. The funds are part of a $2 million, two-year grant awarded to the Girls Inc. national office from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Part of the OJJDP’s Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, the grant funds support organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities.
Funds will support Bold Futures, a weekly group mentoring program providing girls consistent, in-depth programming and experiences to strengthen their coping skills, reduce risk factors, minimize entry/re-entry into the juvenile justice system, and increase family engagement. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey was selected as one of 15 local organizations to implement the mentoring program. Over the two-year period, the Girls Inc. network will serve approximately 1,800 girls ages 9 to 14.
Bold Futures supports the well-established history of Girls Inc. providing long-lasting, trusting mentoring relationships to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Girls in high-risk communities face stunning exposure to violence, victimization, and sexual assault. Without adequate support, victims too often become offenders -- girls responding to trauma and environmental violence with behaviors that result in their involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Increased services and funding comes at a critical time. While overall rates of juvenile arrest and detention have decreased since the 1990s, girls have not shown the same improvements as boys. In 1992, one in five juveniles arrested was a girl (20 percent); in 2012, that rate grew to one in three (29 percent). At all stages of the juvenile justice process, girl involvement has increased and disproportionately so for girls of color from low-income communities.
Through Bold Futures, Girls Inc. aims to equip girls with the guidance, support and skills to be engaged in school, build healthy relationships with peers and family, and reduce negative and high-risk behaviors. The desired outcome is to reduce the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system and ensure that girls who have experienced trauma get the services they need to heal and succeed.
Bold Futures will become a model program implemented across the larger, 82-affiliate Girls Inc. network and will be shared with other organizations in multiple states to strengthen juvenile justice prevention efforts nationwide.
About Girls Inc.Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls. Join us at girlsincpa-nj.org.
Philadelphia, PA (June 13, 2016) As innovators in the construction field for the past 87 years, LF Driscoll is passionate about the construction process because we are builders at heart. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. It is this passion that our Executive Vice President, Michael Delaney, witnessed at the Strong, Smart & Bold Breakfast held this past May during Simone King’s introduction of honoree Joan Carter, President of UM Holdings Ltd. As an intern, Simone will gain experience providing project engineering, estimating, expediting, and office support for the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Reporting directly to the Project Manager, Simone will gain meaningful work experience and business knowledge in her chosen field.
Philadelphia, PA (May 5, 2016) Over 400 people attended the sold out Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s 14th annual Strong, Smart and Bold Breakfast on May 4th at the Union League of Philadelphia raising $140,000 for the organization. Joan Carter, President UM Holdings and Immediate past president of the Union League, Saniah Johnson, Vice President, Strategic Analysis Delaware Investments and Grace Killelea, Founder and CEO Half the Sky Leadership were honored for their many accomplishments and for being extraordinary mentors and role models to the girls and women of Philadelphia and beyond.
One dozen Girls Inc. girls and interns spoke about the Girls Inc. programs and how their lives have been impacted by their participation. Executive Director, Dena Herrin, commented, “We have a very broad reach with a very small budget. The success of this event will make it possible for us to expand our reach beginning this summer.” With hundreds of Philadelphia’s corporate, nonprofit and government leaders in the room the organization had an unprecedented opportunity to tell the Girls Inc story. Herrin added, “I spent most of yesterday responding to emails from individuals working for corporations, youth serving organizations and other nonprofits wanting to know how they and their organizations can be involved and partner with us.”
Girls Inc’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864 Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls through research and curriculum based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving over 2,000 girls this year, is the local affiliate of the national organization. Partnering with 40 schools, community partners, the juvenile justice system, corporations and approximately 75 volunteers, Girls Inc. in Philadelphia delivers programs for girls ages 6 - 18. These programs focus on leadership and community service, science, technology and math, financial literacy, healthy decision making, and media literacy, Most of their programs are semester long and are delivered at the partner sites.
To learn more about Girls Inc. and how you can help the girls of the Greater Philadelphia region acquire the tools, the self-confidence and the role models they need to envision and achieve a bright future contact Dena Herrin at DHerrin@Girlsincpa-nj.org or visit their website www.girlsincpa-nj.org.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SELECTED AS GIRLS INC. NATIONAL SCHOLAR
Philadelphia, PA (February 9, 2016) – Zaa’Raa Padgett, a member of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and student at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in Philadelphia, has been chosen as a 2016 Girls Inc. National Scholar and awarded a $20,000 Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright scholarship. She was selected for her outstanding academic achievements, community service work, and dedication to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Zaa’Raa is one of 15 Girls Inc. National Scholars selected in 2016 from across the United States and Canada.
Zaa'Raa wrote, "At Girls Inc. I feel that I can be myself, vent, and not be ridiculed or pushed away. I am accepted for who I am. The Girls Inc. staff and participants are my extended family. They encouraged and supported me in all my dreams. They never made me feel ashamed. After eight years of being in this organization, I have gained the self-confidence to always let my voice be heard." Zaa'Raa will be attending Clarion University in Clarion Pennsylvania.
The Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship program was created in 1992, when the female pilot and long-time supporter gave a bequest for scholarships for young women. Since 1993, more than $5.4 million in scholarships have made post-secondary education more accessible to over 700 high school women and has inspired them to succeed in school and consider a broad range of career possibilitie.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We achieve this mission by addressing the unique needs of girls through outreach programming, advocacy, and education, including the development of mentoring relationships. Girls Inc. programs for girls ages 6 - 18 focus on leadership and community service; science, technology and math; financial literacy; sports; culture and heritage; promoting healthy lifestyles and decision making; and media literacy. We have been working to empower girls in the Philadelphia region since 1961, originally as Teen Aid, Inc. and in 2002 we affiliated with Girls Inc.
CREW Philadelphia – Girls Inc. Partnership Update
Girls Inc and the girls we serve are so grateful for the very generous CREW Philadelphia grant and partnership! We are using the grant to provide Operation SMART and Economic Literacy semester long programming to girls in public and charter schools in Philadelphia. During the Fall 2015 semester, the CREW grant sponsored programs for 46 middle school girls at Steel Elementary and KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School. Our CREW sponsored sites for the Spring 2016 semester are KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School and Spring Garden School.
Operation SMART®-This program is designed to motivate girls to explore careers and academic opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Girls will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities focused on computer science. Activities include coding, video game design, and blog development. The program will address cyberbullying and social media etiquette.
Equal Earners Savvy Spenders- This program is a component of Girls Inc. Economic Literacy®. Girls will participate in hands-on activities focus on saving, investing in their future, budgeting for a goal, entrepreneurship, and career exploration opportunities.
Thank you CREW member Shawn Gibbons, Principal @ CI Solutions, for participating in our Grow A Girl guest speaker series on November 13th at Mastery Charter School-Harrity Campus in West Philadelphia. Shawn presented an interactive workshop for 7th and 8th grade girls on the topic of interior design and the benefits of becoming an entrepreneur. They loved it!
During the Spring and Summer we will also partner with CREW to develop a series of career exploration opportunities for middle and high school girls. Stay tuned!
Wells Fargo's Community Connections Giving Program is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization or school to receive $1,000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award close to $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylvania.
The grants are part of the company's broader support of its communities. In 2014, Wells Fargo invested more than $13.4 million in nonprofit organizations and schools and team members volunteered more than 57,000 hours across Pennsylvania.
"At Wells Fargo, we know that small acts can yield huge results and we are committed to supporting programs and organizations that we believe are important to the furture of our communities' vitality and success," said Wells Fargo Store Manager Ray Williams. "So we are proud to support Girls Inc of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey.
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey was invited to join Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit. The summit took place in Washington D.C. and gave girls the opportunity to network with many of our nation's most powerful and success women. In collaboration with Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, Ann Taylor generously donated professional attire to each Girls Inc. girl attending the summit in Washington D.C. Also in collaboration with the Summit, Heidrick & Struggles donated new laptop computers to the girls who attended the summit. This generous donation gave 30 girls access to new technologies and tools that will help them grow into successful business women. Read more about the summit here.
As part of every new Microsoft retail store opening, Microsoft awards software grants to deserving local non-profit and community organizations in support of their missions. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey will receive a $25,000 software grant from Microsoft when they open their new store in King of Prussia mall on Nov. 7, 2016! The store is located at 160 N Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA 19406 You can learn more here. #MicrosoftPA
Once again WICT Philadelphia has selected Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey as their Gives Back charity of choice! Our affiliate was recognized at the annual WICT Philly Gives Back event, on November 11, 2015. The grant will be used to support our Operation SMART STEM program. Learn more here.
CREW Philadelphia selected Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for this year's Philanthropic Partner Grant! With this grant we will provide Economic Literacy and STEM programs to 60 middle school girls for one year. Our girls are excited and engaged by what they learn in our programs and workshops. But what truly excites them is when they are able to connect what they are learning with us and in their other classes with the career possibilities that are open to them. We will work with members of CREW to create a series of in and out of school presentations and workshops focusing on the many commercial real estate related careers. Stay tuned for updates and lots of pictures. You can learn more about CREW here.
Thank you to our partners Vanguard, Supplies for Success, The National Association of Professional Women and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley-Columbian North YMCA for supporting our Back to School Bash. Sixty-five girls received new backpacks and school supplies. In addition, all attendees participated in workshops focused on leadership and career development. See more pictures here.
Girls Inc. girls are featured in the newest Teavana® Oprah Chai campaign. Watch the ad. April 6, 2015
To the Editor, The New York Times:
Re: "To Stop Violence, Start at Home" (Op-Ed, Feb. 4):
The data-driven position laid forth by Pamela Shifman and Salamishah Tillet creates a powerful case for empowering girls from a young age to embrace their role as catalysts for change at the individual and societal levels.
When a girl understands and recognizes her right to be safe, respected and supported in all relationships, she is a direct challenge to the threat of violence. Investing in education to help girls understand that they have value and that women and men have the same rights increases the likelihood that they will be able to recognize and extricate themselves from risky situations, and advocate for education and resources for others to do the same.
This does not take the responsibility away from boys and men to do their part; rather, it reflects the potential for a greater shift in society. It is only when women and girls are seen as fully equal and deserving of opportunity that the biases too often at the root of gender-based violence will cease.
The presence of strong, independent women, and particularly minority women, in more lives is critical to the internalization of gender equality as the norm and violence as unacceptable.
President and Chief Executive Girls Inc.
Members of WWT’s Commercial Northeast team recently attended the 13th Annual Girls, Inc. Strong, Smart and Bold Breakfast in Philadelphia. Meghan Yost, Inside Sales Representative; Tara Whitty, Price Analyst; Jason Heckler, Client Executive and Joe Lam, Managing Consultant were in attendance to support the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey chapter of the nonprofit.
The event hosted of a variety of speakers and gave recognition to the very accomplished honorees. Event honorees included Dr. Constance E. Clayton, a retired superintendent of the Philadelphia School District; Marjorie Margolies, president of Women’s Campaign International and former member of Congress; English D. Willis, MD, senior principal scientist for clinical safety and risk management at Merck.
Girls at the event impressed WWT team members. Yost noted how many introduced themselves to attendees and were handing out business cards. The girls discussed what they are currently studying, where they hope to attend college and what they aspire to be when they grow up.
“We think it’s great that there’s an organization like this for young girls,” Yost said. “It’s really amazing how well spoken, smart and confident the girls of Girls, Inc. are.”
Proceeds from the event go towards giving the girls the right tools and support they need to succeed.