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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. to Benefit from Teavana® Oprah Chai from Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks

Donations from sales of Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea will support Girls Inc. in delivering more life-changing programs and opportunities for girls

NEW YORK, NY - March 24, 2014 — Girls Inc. is thrilled to announce it was selected by Oprah Winfrey to benefit from the sale of Teavana® Oprah Chai, a new tea available at Starbucks and Teavana stores beginning April 29 across the U.S. and Canada.

The announcement was made by Oprah Winfrey and Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and CEO of Starbucks, at the Starbucks annual shareholders’ meeting on March 19. Oprah Winfrey personally developed the tea with Teavana’s leading teaologist Naoko Tsunoda. 

“Girls Inc. is honored to be chosen by Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks as a partner in advancing opportunities for girls to discover their unique talents and strengths and realize a brighter future,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO. “We are committed to promoting the ability of all girls to achieve academic success and higher education, and we are thankful for Oprah’s and Starbucks’ leadership in supporting our mission.”

Proceeds from the sales of Teavana® Oprah Chai will support educational opportunities for youth through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. In addition to Girls Inc., three other organizations will also benefit: National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College, and the U.S. Dream Academy.

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4-Star Rating Achieved

NEW YORK - February 2014 – Girls Inc. is proud to announce that we received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluating agency. Our rating, the highest rank designated by Charity Navigator, symbolizes the Girls Inc. commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. By providing up-to-date and in-depth information on non-profit organizations, Charity Navigator aims to educate donors in an effort to maximize philanthropic gifts that impact people and communities around the world. 

Take a closer look at what the Girls Inc. 4-star rating from Charity Navigator means. 

Girls Inc. Eureka! Evaluation Report

NEW YORK - February 2014 – The Girls Inc. Eureka! Evaluation Report demonstrating our commitment to providing girls with engaging, innovative programs that address the STEM gender gap and boost girls' college readiness was released in February 2014. It is the result of a collaboration between ten affiliates, the Research Department, and the Program and Training Services Department at Girls Inc.
This report tracks progress of girls in both the first and second year of Eureka! It is part of our ongoing effort measuring the success of girls in our programming and a follow up to the preliminary 2013 report. Evaluation will continue with these cohorts as they progress throughout Eureka! years two and three respectively.

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Inspiring Girls in STEM: A Conversation with Merck & Co. Inc. Scientists

NEW YORK - February 2014 – Despite the growing need for qualified STEM professionals in our workforce and economic opportunities provided by these careers, women — and particularly women of color — continue to be underrepresented in these fields.

Girls Inc. is committed to showing girls the opportunities available in STEM, giving them access to hands-on activities and diverse role models, and preparing them for the rigorous work, potential barriers, and exciting rewards ahead of them. We held a Q&A with Lori Bryant, M.D., a Girls Inc. alumna, and four scientists from global healthcare leader Merck & Co. Inc. (Colena Johnson DVM, MS, Samina Kanwar, Ph.D., Bach-Yen Nguyen, M.D., Caroline Thompson, MS) to discuss how we can encourage more girls in STEM and how mentors played a key role in their success. 

Girls Inc. Responds to the 2014 State of the Union Address

NEW YORK - January 29, 2014 – Girls Inc. applauds President Barack Obama for his recognition of the economic instability experienced by too many women and girls in his 2014 State of the Union Address and his call to increase college access and end the gender wage gap.

In serving many girls who are first generation college students and some who are also first generation Americans, we understand the obstacles that can prevent even the hardest-working child from attending college. We also see how supporting them on their road to college helps secure a better future for them, their families, and their communities. We thank the President and First Lady Obama for their ground-breaking efforts to boost college accessibility as a pathway to economic security, especially for low-income youth and youth of color. Girls — and all American youth — deserve a fighting chance to realize their dreams and fulfill their potential as emerging leaders and innovators. 

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Girls Inc. Joins Million Women Mentors STEM Initiative

NEW YORK - January 8, 2014 — Girls Inc. will partner with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative. MWM will launch Jan. 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month, in Washington, D.C at the National Press Club. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

For over 25 years, Girls Inc. has developed girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with Girls Inc. Operation SMART®. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.  

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Girls Inc. Supports Computer Science Education Week

NEW YORK - December 2013 – Girls Inc. affiliates across the U.S. and Canada deliver programming, which encourages girls to develop enthusiasm for and skills in STEM through hands-on activities think like scientists. Through Operation SMART, girls establish meaningful mentoring relationships with leaders in STEM fields. Affiliates also partner with colleges and community corporations for girls to explore careers and higher education options in STEM industries.

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The 2012 Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon

On November 14, 2012, we recognized four incredible leaders from around the entertainment community and four outstanding Girls Inc. National Scholars at our 17th Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon. Held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Luncheon brings together leaders from across the entertainment industry who embody the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  

Discovery Education and Girls Inc. Partner to Give Girls Across the Country Access to STEM Resources

Partnership will provide Girls Inc. network of 136,000 girls with access to Discovery Education’s STEM Camp resources.

NEW YORK - September 24, 2013 – Girls Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, announced a partnership to provide Discovery Education’s STEM Camp resources to girls across the United States.

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