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: Rebecca Alvarez
Rebecca, a Girls Inc. of Alameda County alumna and current board member, had parents who encouraged her to get involved and pursue what she wanted out of life. However, as young Latina girls often experience, she faced obstacles and received limiting messages outside of her home. Her school had little science and technology curriculum, no comprehensive sexual health education, and no space to ask bigger questions and as she describes it “think outside the box.”
Girls Inc. provided that opportunity for her. Her elementary school served as a pilot for Girls Inc. STEM programming. She received hands-on learning and was inspired by the female scientists and engineers she met through Girls Inc. Learning about women’s health and biology was also something she really enjoyed. Rebecca was amazed at how open and educated the instructors were; she felt empowered about her body. In fact, it motivated her to return to Girls Inc. as a Health & Sexuality Instructor years later. Girls Inc. mentors pushed her and allowed her to ask those bigger questions. She was able to find her voice and discover what motivated her. So much so, that she created her own major at the University of California, Berkeley: Women’s Health and Sexuality.
Girls Inc. definitely made an impression in Rebecca’s life. An entrepreneur, she is currently developing her feminine hygiene collection and when she enters rooms full of CEOs or investors to present her work, she says she can “literally feel the Girls Inc. spirit.” The support, education, and opportunities she experienced not only educated but motivated her to achieve. A mother to a young girl herself, Rebecca, knows what it means to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. When you feel stuck, find the bold little girl in you and trust that you will be successful in whatever you set out to do if you work for it. Also, don’t forget to reach out to family, friends, and Girls Inc. mentors; the support does not stop just because you finish high school.”