Are you a past member of Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Clubs of America)? If so, we invite you to join the Girls Inc. Alumnae Network! The benefits of reconnecting include:
- Keep informed of what Girls Inc. is doing today.
- Learn how to be an advocate for girls and girl leadership.
- Share your Girls Inc. story. How did Girls Inc. influence where you are today?
- Be connected to the growing network of Strong, Smart, and Bold women.
- Learn about opportunities to attend special events or to be interviewed on behalf of Girls Inc.
Are you a Girls Inc. alumna? Share how Girls Inc. impacted your life and shaped who you are today. Tell us about your latest accomplishments and how you are inspiring other girls.
Alumna Spotlight: Kenya Wilson
Before STEM was a well-known acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Kenya Wilson knew she wanted to be part of what she thought was an interesting and emerging field. At Girls Inc. of Metro Dallas, Kenya experimented with science in Operation SMART, a Girls Inc. program that encourages girls to develop enthusiasm for STEM through hand-on activities and mentoring. Continuing into her teen years, Kenya pursued the STEM track by job-shadowing a Girls Inc. mentor working in healthcare, who inspired her to seek a health-related field of study in college. After graduating from Florida A&M University with a degree in Physical Therapy, Kenya returned to Dallas and began her career at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Healthsouth Rehabilitation.
Seeking a change in 2006, Kenya made the decision to fuse her passion for the healthcare industry with her love of teaching, which she developed as a Girls Inc. volunteer working with younger girls. As a teacher, Kenya has taught a wide array of sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology and human body systems. Recently, she was named Teacher of the Year, an award she attributes to the strategies she learned at Girls Inc.
“Our Girls Inc. staff exposed and encouraged us to try everything, from Tae Kwon Do and soccer to Toastmasters Public Speaking and the Stock Market Game; experiences that far surpassed the norm for inner-city girls. After each experience, we reflected on these opportunities. Girl’s Inc. taught me how to be intentional and compensatory to foster strong, smart, and bold students.”
Today, Kenya continues to give back by volunteering during Girls Inc. summer programming and mentoring Girls Inc. graduates through college courses and internships. In addition to being the k-12 Science Instructional Coach for the Lancaster School System in Texas, Kenya edits papers, advises on course selections, and mentors her Girls Inc. sisters in Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington DC, and of course, her hometown of Dallas.