Jennifer Lopez, Girls Inc. of Orange County
Through a Girls Inc. mentoring program, Jennifer found the strength to overcome a negative self-image. Her participation in STEM programming at Girls Inc. also introduced Jennifer to a career path involving math and science - something she never considered before this exposure. As a result, she plans to pursue a career in Civil Engineering.
Molly Madden, Girls Inc. of Shelbyville & Shelby County
Girls Inc. was critical in helping Molly develop essential social skills and instilling valuable life lessons. The positive all-girl environment at her affiliate helped Molly come out of her comfort zone and allowed her to develop into an outgoing and positive role model for other girls.
Anna Martinez, Girls Inc. of Lynn
A drive and desire to help others was strengthened through Anna’s participation in several Girls Inc. youth civic engagement programs. She credits Girls Inc. with helping to foster a passion for other cultures. Today, Anna incorporates her awareness of diversity issues into her community service work, inspired by her peers at Girls Inc.
Desireé McHellon, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
At Girls Inc., Desiree experienced a jolt to her self-esteem and she improved her presentation and speech skills despite her life long struggle with dyslexia. Here, Desireé developed the confidence to express her opinions and ideas no matter what size the audience in front of her.
At the 2014 Girls Inc. New York Luncheon, Desireé shared how Girls Inc. changed her life. Watch Desireé describe how Girls Inc. gave her the skills to share her story with over 1,000 people.
Briseida Miranda, Girls Inc. of Orange County
Briseida turned to unhealthy and destructive habits as a result of an emotionally abusive relationship with a family member. Through Girls Inc. programs, Briseida learned to appreciate her body, to understand society’s misconceptions of beauty, and to take pride in her appearance. Today, she credits Girls Inc. with making her stronger, more positive and ready for her future.
Angelica Mozzillo, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe
From a young age, Angelica inflicted harm on herself to cope with feeling like an outcast among her peers. She longed for a place that would be accepting and a space that would allow her to express herself in a positive way. At Girls Inc. she found the support she needed and quickly gained the confidence to love her body and herself. For Angelica, Girls Inc. was a judgment-free space that allowed her to become bold.
Rachael Nelson, Girls Inc. of Jackson County
Rachael was timid when she came to Girls Inc. for the first time. As a shy girl, she tried to blend in and not speak up, but her Girls Inc. leaders introduced Rachel to activities that allowed her to say what was on her mind, allowing her to come out of her shell. Through the years that she has been at Girls Inc., Rachel has become markedly more extroverted and willing to take on new roles, which has also been reflected in other areas of her life. Today, Rachel is more assertive and she has a passion for helping others in her community; traits that she says she owes to Girls Inc.
Stefani Ortiz, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
At Girls Inc., Stefani discovered her own sense of confidence and overcame fears which kept her from sharing her thoughts and interacting with new people. Here, she learned necessary financial literacy skills, developed assertiveness and the ability to be a leader, problem-solver and an effective networker.
Ashley Ramnaraine, Girls Inc. of Durham
Impacting her past, present and future life is how Ashley describes her Girls Inc. involvement. Here, she became a strong leader, confident in her abilities and contributions to her community. Ashley gives thanks to Girls Inc. for helping her see past popular culture's expectations of beauty and behaviors and realizing her own inherent strengths and abilities.
Emily Ramos, Girls Inc. of Orange County
To gain acceptance at her new school, Emily reluctantly joined a group of bullies, but struggled to break free and speak up for others. At Girls Inc., she was introduced to strong, confident women who showed Emily how to be a leader, not an intimidator. Here, she gained the confidence to face bullies, make new friends and mentor younger girls.
Rumana Seif, Girls Inc. of New York City
Joining Girls Inc. helped Rumana embrace her own culture, find a group of friends who didn’t question her beliefs and have the confidence to stand up to peer pressure. Through a peer mentoring program, Rumana learned to mentor younger kids on issues like drug and alcohol abuse and peer pressure and how to make positive life decisions.
Kelsey Wigmore, Girls Inc. of Omaha
As a foster care child, Kelsey often felt unsupported – until she was enrolled in her local Girls Inc. affiliate. Kelsey immediately benefited from the fun, interactive and supportive environment because it was a place where she could be herself. Topics such as bullying, college preparation, money management and life skills helped Kelsey feel safe and confident in her future.
Jade Williams, Girls Inc. of New York City
Girls Inc. provided Jade a safe haven as her family struggled financially. Overcoming her own personal battles allowed Jade to provide guidance and support to other girls and inspired her to lead community service projects in her neighborhood.
In 2014, Jade spoke at the Girls Inc. New York Luncheon. Watch Jade describe how Girls Inc. changed her life.
Nicolette Witherspoon, Girls Inc. of Durham
Before Nicolette discovered Girls Inc., she often felt social pressures to fit in with her peers. She knew that she had a voice and the power to make decisions, but she didn't have the confidence to stand up to others. At Girls Inc., Nicolette's staff mentors and leaders gave her the tools to express her opinions clearly and confidently. Today, Nicolette is more of a leader than a follower and she's helping younger girls develop their voices, too.