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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

2016 GIRLS INC. ANNUAL REPORT: A YEAR OF REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

Spotlight

Daniela Overcomes Harassment

Growing up, Daniela experienced racism, bullying and harassment from her peers. As a first-generation Latina raised by Immigrant parents, Daniela was teased about her accent and English language skills. She struggled to feel accepted by both her classmates and teachers. As a result, Daniela became very insecure about speaking in front of her class, fearing that she would be judged or ridiculed. 

For 5 years, Girls Inc. has provided Daniela with the supportive environment she needed to learn to appreciate and value herself, growing into a confident young women. She credits her Girls Inc. mentor Nicole for helping her find her voice and understanding that she can make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Daniela’s experience with bullying inspired her to help others who may be faced with similar experiences. Daniela developed and coordinates her own afterschool-tutoring program, dedicated to helping youth gain the skills and the confidence to achieve success in school. 

Daniela aspires to attend UCLA or Stanford to study sociology and Chicano Studies. She is proud to be the first person in her family to attend college. Daniela plans to continue her civic involvement, pursuing a career that will help her serve underrepresented and underserved populations in her community. 

“I know how challenging it is to adapt to a new culture and a new language but with Girls Inc., not only have I found a safe and accepting environment, but it has also encouraged me to mentor younger children and show them what it means to be assertive.” 

Read more about how Girls Inc. is making a difference in the lives of girls.

News

United Against Bullying and Harassment

You’ve seen the headlines, heard stories from young people in your life, and perhaps still remember your own experiences growing up. Or maybe you watched or read about 13 Reasons Why, the extraordinarily popular Netflix series that depicts pervasive bullying and rape culture in an American high school. In schools, on the streets, in relationships, and online, youth – mostly girls – are experiencing bullying, harassment, violence and discrimination at alarming rates.

Bullying and harassment presents a potentially serious threat to the health and development of our young people. Children and teens who are bullied or harassed are more likely to have decreased academic achievement—lower GPA and standardized test scores – and they are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. They are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and even contemplate or commit suicide.

Read more from our President & CEO Judy Vredenburgh in HuffPost.

Girls Inc. Week #InHerCorner

In schools, on the streets, in relationships, and online, girls in communities across the country are experiencing bullying and harassment. In addition to sexual harassment, many girls experience discrimination based on their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, and more.

Girls Inc. encourages girls to be change agents within their communities, boldly advocating for themselves and others. We also work to change policies, attitudes and beliefs to improve the conditions in which girls are growing up. It takes all of us coming together to ensure girls feel safe in their schools, communities, and with their peers.

Together, we can put an end to bullying and harassment to create more inclusive, kind, safe and supportive schools and communities. Learn how you can take action.

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