136,000 girls served
Increase in grants
Pass-through investment grants to affiliates for growth with impact: $1.2M vs. $988K the previous year.
Girls Inc. increased our college scholarships to more than $500K — doubling the scholarships given and introducing our first alumnae awards for current college students.
Girls Inc. made serious progress against our multi-year goal of implementing a participant tracking system and outcomes measurement for every girl served. Eighteen affiliates are in the process of implementing the girl tracking system.
Girls Inc. joined forces with the First Lady’s office and women’s advocacy groups in securing passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and attended President Obama's signing ceremony.
The New York Times published a Letter to the Editor from Judy Vredenburgh on why misogyny in online gaming demonstrates the need to help girls overcome lingering bias.
Judy Vredenburgh was named to The Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list for her lifelong commitment to girls’ education and empowerment and leadership in growing Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. was selected as one of Consumer Digest's Top Charities for effectiveness and financial health.
Girls Inc. was featured at the Social Innovation Summit held at the United Nations for empowering girls and women through economic education.
STEM Connector named Judy Vredenburgh as one of their 100 Women Leaders in STEM for how Girls Inc. exposes girls to STEM education and careers.
Fewer than 19% of high school girls are
physically active one hour a day
Helping girls to live healthy lives and develop healthy relationships are both key to our mission. Partnering with the MetLife Foundation, Girls Inc. continues to develop our Mind+Body initiative, a holistic approach promoting exercise, nutrition, healthy body image, and stress reduction. The Multi-State Mentoring Program, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides professional development to help foster the lasting, supportive relationships at the core of the Girls Inc. experience. Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, we are putting in place a network-wide management information system to measure the impact we have on the lives of the girls we serve.
Growing up, Adriana
lacked confidence and often witnessed domestic violence and substance abuse in her community. At Girls Inc., she found supportive adults and girls who showed her how to have positive relationships, good self-image, and healthy outlets. She realized she could be a role model of success for other girls who had seen relationship violence and began pursuing leadership opportunities in school and outside activities. Today, Adriana is a Girls Inc. National Scholar graduating in the top 10% of her class with a full scholarship to Yale and plans to study medicine.
Adolescents who feel unsafe in their communities have lower levels of physical activity. The relationship between safety and exercise is stronger for young women than for young men.
One of girls’ greatest challenges is accepting and appreciating our bodies. Like many girls I was not comfortable with my body and exercising in front of other people. Thanks to Girls Inc., I believe all girls have the right to be comfortable in their own skin without the pressures of society and views of others.
Ensuring that the girls we serve graduate high school fully prepared to pursue post-secondary education is a key priority. With a grant from the AT&T Foundation, Girls Inc. is developing a national model for college readiness drawing on successful initiatives from across the Girls Inc. network. Additionally, our partnership with jcpenney and Pearl by Georgina Chapman doubled the scholarships given, granting awards to an additional 27 girls in 2013 and introducing our first alumnae awards for current college students.
I was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. I will be the first in my family to earn a high school diploma and attend college. Girls Inc. helped me visualize something better. It has opened my eyes to so many opportunities.
Data shows that only 25% of high school graduates
who took the ACT test were ready for college-level work.
As a girl, Lupe
was often teased about her appearance and saw her sisters become teen mothers and enter unhealthy relationships. At Girls Inc., caring staff celebrated her successes, including her academic achievements, and helped her embrace her talents. When Lupe received a Girls Inc. scholarship this spring, she also met Jamie, an employee volunteer at jcpenney. Jamie spoke with Lupe about college life, careers, and helped her prepare for a competitive scholarship interview. Lupe now has $60,000 in scholarships and will be the first in her family to attend college.
Research shows that youth who have lived in poverty are 3X more likely to drop out or not graduate on time. If they don't read well, that jumps to 6X as likely.
Girls Inc. is committed to developing innovative ways to equip girls with critical skills for success in life and the workforce. In partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Girls Inc. is creating a national model for K-3 literacy programming anchored in close collaboration with schools.
Only 53% of women
have the confidence
82% of men say they
are confident investors
Girls Inc. is building on the success of the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge with a new one-year program giving girls a hands-on investing experience, ING-Girls Inc. Investing Matters.
grew up in foster care, often feeling out of place and acting out. At Girls Inc., she learned to never underestimate herself and was chosen to lead her affiliate's ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge team, managing a virtual $50,000 portfolio over three years, resulting in scholarship funds based on portfolio gains. Today, Shantia is a Girls Inc. National Scholar on her way to being the first in her immediate family to graduate college.
Girls’ and boys’ attitudes about
math begin to diverge as young
as second grade.
In a University of Washington study, both boys and girls as young as second grade agreed that math is for boys, but not girls.
It is estimated that there will be 1.4 million U.S. jobs
in computing by 2018. At current rates, the U.S.
will only be able to fill about half of those jobs.
Girls Inc. is working with Merck to develop a new employee volunteer engagement model, deepening the already intensive Eureka! STEM program for middle and high school girls.
Eureka! changed my whole outlook. It was the first time that I saw college as something for me. I saw how embracing my passion for computer engineering made me a role model for other Latinas, who are underrepresented in STEM.