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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

It's good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.

Press Releases

Girls Inc. Advocates on Afterschool and First Lady's College Initiative

Girls Inc. brought its expertise on providing girls with life-changing out-of-school-time programming and experiences to Washington, D.C. on November 14. 

Girls Inc. President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh, Orange County CEO Lucy Santana, and National Scholar Adriana Embus spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing about the importance of supportive girls-only environments in helping girls unleash their inherent strengths. 

Adriana, a Girls Inc. alumna from Georgia and current student at Yale University on a full scholarship, spoke about how Girls Inc. helped her cope with her father's PTSD, take on leadership roles, explore STEM, and thrive at a competitive high school.

We were thrilled to partner with Mrs. Obama on her initiative to encourage more low-income student to attend college. 

Girls Inc. Receives $2 Million To Reduce Girls' Risk of Involvement in Juvenile Justice System

[New York, NY] (January 13, 2017) – Girls Inc. received a $2 million, two-year grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support the Girls Inc. Bold Futures Mentoring Program, which will serve girls at increased risk of juvenile delinquency and victimization. Part of the OJJDP’s Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, the grant funds support organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities.

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Girls Need Truth, Trust and Technology to Take Charge of Their Sexual Health

[New York, NY] (June 1, 2016) – The good news is that teenage pregnancy rates across the nation are at their lowest in four decades. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the teen birth rate declined 41 percent overall from 2006 to 2014. Yet, still today, the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed nations.

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Girls Inc. Joins Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit - New commitment announced to Let Girls Learn initiative

[New York, NY] (October 14, 2015) – Girls Inc., the national organization inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, joined some of the world’s most preeminent women in business, politics, and the arts yesterday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. More than 30 Girls Inc. girls participated in the MPW High School Notebook Mentoring program, as the exclusive mentoring partner.

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Voya Foundation Awards Post-Secondary Education Scholarships to Young Investors

NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2015) - Girls Inc. and Voya Financial, Inc. announced today that Voya Foundation is awarding post-secondary education scholarships to teams of young girls who participated in the Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge, a program that provides practical, hands-on investing experience to girls at Girls Inc. affiliates around the country. Teams of girls, in the final cycle of the challenge from Houston and Washington, D.C., spent the past three years building and managing a virtual $50,000 diversified, real-time portfolio as part of an integrated investment and economic literacy curriculum. Because of their successful money-management skills, the gains they realized from their investment portfolios translate into real dollars for their continued education.

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GapKids Collaboration with Ellen DeGeneres and her Lifestyle Brand ED Hits Stores and Online Today

NEW YORK – August 18, 2015 – GapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.  

Launching today in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres. 

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Teavana Announces National Partnership with Girls Inc. in Support of Youth Education, Mentorship, College Readiness and Training

Continuing with Starbucks Long-term Commitment to Provide Pathways to Opportunity for Young People, Teavana Donates $100,000 to Benefit Young Women across the U.S. and Canada

SEATTLE (July 7, 2015) – Teavana (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced a national partnership with Girls Inc., a nonprofit, national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, while providing life-changing experiences and solutions to address challenges girls face as they look to higher education and career paths. The partnership, which is the beginning of a longer term relationship between the two organizations, will help support specific programming for college readiness and life skills training across six affiliate organizations in the U.S. 

Beginning with Atlanta, GA, Holyoke and Worcester, MA, Orange County, CA, and New York City and Westchester County, NY, Teavana’s initial investment in Girls Inc. will support hundreds of young women, primarily ages 14-17, as they prepare for the transition from high school to college or from high school to a career. Girls will learn about college during summer camps and workshops, develop into strong leaders through community service and training, and be supported and honored by caring mentors, their peers, and their communities. Girls Inc. supports diverse young women ages 6 – 18 and provides tailored support for these young women of underserved communities.

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Starbucks Announces $5 Million Raised for Youth Education and Mentorship through Teavana® Oprah Chai

Seattle (April 6, 2015) -- Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX)today announced that through its partnership with Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, which began a year ago, sales of Teavana® Oprah Chai have now raised more than $5 million for youth organizations in the U.S. and Canada            

To celebrate this significant milestone and to thank customers, Starbucks is inviting customers to come into participating U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time. For every purchase of a Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte, customers will receive a free Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte of equal or lesser value to share. Starbucks will donate twenty-five cents for both beverages to support youth education. 100 percent of all proceeds made to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation from Teavana® Oprah Chai goes to the Foundation, which in turn provides further funding to Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy.

“Starbucks and Teavana, in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and organizations like Girls Inc., are investing in our future leaders, recognizing that education, training and mentorship are critical assets for youth across the U.S. and Canada,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana.

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