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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.

Girls Inc. 2015 National Scholars

Zaharia Anderson, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Hands-on, STEM-based activities developed a passion for anatomy and biology within Zaharia. At Girls Inc., she was introduced to possible careers that matched her love of science, which led to Zaharia discovering a career as a medical examiner. Today, she plans to build a career in STEM and work with the Alabama State Crime Scene Investigation Unit. 
Evon Ballard, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
At Girls Inc., Evon gained a love for science and engineering. Through Girls Inc. Eureka!, she used her creativity and science knowledge to construct electronic Lego sorters and wind turbines. Evon was exposed to STEM programs that have fueled her passion to study biomedical engineering in college.

Shailagh Brooks, Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell
Through Girls Inc., Shailagh discovered her love for computers and technology. Here, she took on multiple projects like building websites and creating video games that exposed her to cutting edge careers in STEM. Shailagh plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. 

China Candler, Girls Inc. of Alameda County
After joining Girls Inc. in 2010, China was inspired to pursue a college degree. Through college readiness programs and workshops, she was guided through the process of selecting, evaluating and applying to schools that offer STEM programs in support of her goal to become a doctor. 
Katlyn Doran, Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut
At Girls Inc., Katlyn used her passion for dance to inspire other girls to express their individuality. A Girls Inc. girl since the age of 3, Katlyn has been exposed to colleges, career choices, and volunteer opportunities. Katlyn learned to take pride in who she is rather than who society expects her to be.  
Alexis Eaton, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga 
Through Girls Inc., Alexis became a mentor and a public speaker. Her passion for volunteer work and giving back to her community has placed her as a semi-finalist for the National Volunteering Award. Alexis was awarded a Bonner Scholarship to Wofford College where she plans to study political science. 
Giselle Fonseca, Girls Inc. of Westchester County
Through Girls Inc., Giselle has grown socially and intellectually, finding her voice while also learning how to listen to others. Not only has Girls Inc. empowered Giselle to confidently set and achieve her goals, but it has also encouraged her to mentor younger girls and show them what it means to be assertive. 

Diana Garcia, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
When Diana joined Girls Inc., she was inspired to explore technology and computer science; two fields that she did not think she would excel in. Here, Diana not only learned how to build robots, but how to program them using code. Diana also developed her financial literacy skills and learned what it takes to build a small business from the ground up.  

Sonia Garcia, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County 
Girls Inc. exposed Sonia to new opportunities that opened her eyes to life outside her neighborhood. Through programs like Girls InCharge, Sonia discovered her passion for leadership and business. Here, she acquired critical skills like goal setting and budgeting and built trusting relationships with the Girls Inc. staff. 
Graciela Gonzalez, Girls Inc. of Orange County 
After joining Girls Inc., Graciela found the confidence to try new things such as public speaking and team leadership. Through the Girls Inc. Teen Leadership Council, she learned about important social issues and she became determined to make a difference in the lives of younger girls. 

Deja Gregory, Girls Inc. of Omaha 
After joining Girls Inc. at a young age, Deja took particular interest in programs that focused on robotics engineering and design. Deja learned programming languages and gained fluency in technical skills that she didn’t think she needed before Girls Inc. Today, Deja is preparing to use these skills in the health and medicine fields as a nurse. 

Leah Hans, Girls Inc. of York Region 
At Girls Inc., Leah grew from participant to volunteer, facilitating educational programs for young girls after school. Leah became more confident and eventually led discussions at board meetings and directed theater classes for children, giving them opportunities to become better public speakers. Leah plans to attend Humber College and study creative advertising. 
Vanessa Hayfron, Girls Inc. of Alameda County 
At Girls Inc., Vanessa learned not to be afraid of what made her different but to embrace it. She found a mentor who encouraged her to get involved in causes that she believed in and to be an active member of her community. Vanessa aspires to help children overcome prejudices and lead healthy lives.
Phoebee Jean, Girls Inc of Lynn 
After joining Girls Inc. at age 11, Phoebee found the confidence to challenge herself academically. Here, she also discovered her passion for public health and finding solutions to make healthcare accessible. With her peers, Phoebee is fighting against the tobacco industry, which has given Phoebee the exposure to begin exploring a career in public health. 
Angela Leap, Girls Inc. of Jefferson County
Angela learned at an early age how to keep herself safe through Girls Inc. programs such as Action for Safety and by taking self defense classes. As Angela's confidence grew, she conquered her fear of public speaking by addressing large groups of people at local fundraisers and luncheons.

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