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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold




Nelzy Utilizes Media Smarts to Advocate for Positive Change


As a teenager, Nelzy started to see girls around her changing. Their bodies were maturing more quickly than hers and they began acting differently around boys. Nelzy was even bullied and teased by girls she considered friends because of her physical appearance. She felt self-conscious and alone. Thankfully, Nelzy found Girls Inc.

At Girls Inc., Nelzy felt safe to talk about her insecurities. By connecting with other girls, she realized  she wasn’t the only one who struggled with self-doubt. She made friends and learned how to embrace her individuality. With the help of mentors and peers, Nelzy also discovered her strengths and was empowered to make a difference.

While at Girls Inc., Nelzy learned about the portrayal of women in media, and how edited photos can create unrealistic beauty expectations. She saw the power of the media, which sparked her interest in film. As a 10th grader, Nelzy created a documentary about the lack of accessible grocery stores and produce in low-income neighborhoods. The film went on to be featured on PBS and win The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award.

"Through my media literacy classes at Girls Inc. and by creating this documentary, I realized that I can use film to tell stories and educate my community,” she said. “Being from Oakland and being a girl limits the opportunities to continue your education and have a platform to share your voice. Thanks to Girls Inc. that’s not my story.”

This fall, Nelzy plans to attend to the University of Southern California and study directing. She hopes to use her talent to highlight issues that affect women and girls. Nelzy is just one of the many girls who, through Girls Inc., have gained the knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves and others.

We celebrate Girls Inc. Week May 2-6 and the power of girls to critically analyze and harness the power of media for good.

You can also read more about how Girls Inc. is making a difference in the lives of girls.


Watch the Girls Inc. #GirlsGetReal Conversation!


Don't miss your chance to watch #GirlsGetReal - a Google Hangout Panel featuring Emmy Award-winning journalist Shaun Robinson, Actress and Hollywood Today Co-Host Garcelle Beauvais, Benefit Cosmetics Global Brand Authority Maggie Ford Danielson, Facebook Director of Global Marketing Stephanie Latham, and Becky Balarin of Girls Inc. Thank you to our panelists for coming together to have this important conversation surrounding the portrayal of women and girls in media!

Girls Inc. Girls "Walk on Mars"


Girls Inc. girls joined Lockheed Martin at the USA Science and Engineering Festival as roving reporters to talk to their peers and engineers about space exploration and why it’s important to get girls excited about STEM. Through their interviews, our reporters found that many people were unaware of the large gender gap that still exists in STEM fields. Thank you to Lockheed Martin for helping to empower our girls and for giving them the opportunity to take a virtual walk on the surface of Mars! 

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Empowering Big Dreams and Bold Moves with Benefit Cosmetics


Girls Inc. is excited to join Benefit Cosmetics for another year of inspiring big dreams and bold moves through the Bold is Beautiful Project! Benefit connects Girls Inc. girls with strong female mentors who provide college and career insight and advice, making it possible for our girls to set high expectations and see college attendance as an attainable goal.

During the month of May, every dollar from brow wax services at Benefit Boutiques, Macy’s & Belk BrowBars goes directly towards their charity partners, including Girls Inc., that empower girls and women. Find a location near you.

Thank You for Supporting the 2016 Girls Inc. New York Luncheon


Thank you for being a part of the Girls Inc. 2016 New York Luncheon – Celebrating Women of Achievement! Together, we invested in bringing more role models and mentors into girls lives, helping them to open their minds and their futures to new possibilities. Your support lets a girl know that you are in her corner - she matters, her success is important, and she can be in charge of her own future.