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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold




Scholar Showcases the Strength of the Latina Spirit

From a young age, Graciela felt la vida no siempre es justa—life isn’t always fair. The feeling came from the things she saw while growing up in a neighborhood filled with gang violence. As a result, she resolved to keep her head down and remain as invisible as possible. 

When Graciela joined Girls Inc., this all changed. Here, she found her inner strength, confidence, and courage. She was exposed to YESS, a program that equips girls with the skills to make informed decisions about their money and empowers them to become entrepreneurs. After Nathan, a Girls Inc. mentor she described at the time as “the scary man with big voice,” told her not to settle when you’re “destined for something much greater,” she felt for the first time that she was no longer invisible. Graciela credits Nathan with helping her discover her voice. Stepping into a leadership role through YESS proved to Graciela that she could do anything she set her mind to and to never settle for anything small.

Today, Graciela is a $20,000 Girls Inc. National Scholar recipient who is pursuing a bachelor in entrepreneurship—her high school passion—from San Jose State University. Her dream is to own her own bakery with her best friend.

“My childhood may have been a living nightmare, but thanks to Girls Inc. I am now safe to dream again.”

Continue to dream and achieve big, Graciela. We cannot wait to see what your future holds!


Girls Inc. Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Three years ago, the United Nations declared October 11 International Day of the Girl to address the lack of attention on girls’ rights and the challenges they face. On this day, we come together under the same goal, to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls. This year’s theme is, “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

At Girls Inc., girls are educated and supported in a positive and safe environment that nurtures their potential to be great. The Girls Inc. Bill of Rights emphasizes the inherent strength and ability of girls to be change agents in their own lives, as well as for their families, and communities. Girls Inc. helps girls realize their own power as community resources and use their voice to promote positive change. Giving girls the confidence and skills to become leaders allows them to more fully participate in their futures and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. 

Tell us how you will celebrate International Day of the Girl on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using hashtags #GirlsInc #IDG2015

Read Judy Vredenburgh’s HuffPost blog on the power of collaboration to help girls achieve their full potential. 

In Loving Memory

Donna Brace Ogilvie, Girls Inc. Distinguished Board Chair, passed away at the age of 105. Donna led a robust life, making an impact in the lives of those she met. She was a devoted philanthropist dedicating her time and resources for the betterment of others. We are grateful to have known Donna and have had her support for over 60 years. Donna leaves behind a deep legacy of love and she will be sorely missed.

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Girls Inc. and GapKidsxED Empower Girls

Girls Inc. is excited to partner with GapKids in their collaboration with Ellen Degeneres’ lifestyle brand #GapKidsxED. With the mission to encourage girls to be themselves and take pride in who they are, we’re working to empower girls with the tools to be strong, smart, and bold. When you shop the collection you’re supporting girls to be just as they are: unique. 

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For girls into sports, pick up Debbie Millbern Powers' "Meeting Her Match" A portion of the proceeds go to #GirlsInc
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Let girls tell their own story. Let them start the conversation. They're our catalysts for positive change. #JoinUs #IDG2015 #GirlsSpkOut
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Congrats to board member Joyce Chang being in @AmerBanker 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance
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