Are you a past member of Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Clubs of America)? If so, we invite you to join the Girls Inc. Alumnae Network! The benefits of reconnecting include:
- Keep informed of what Girls Inc. is doing today.
- Learn how to be an advocate for girls and girl leadership.
- Share your Girls Inc. story. How did Girls Inc. influence where you are today?
- Be connected to the growing network of Strong, Smart, and Bold women.
- Learn about opportunities to attend special events or to be interviewed on behalf of Girls Inc.
Are you a Girls Inc. alumna? Share how Girls Inc. impacted your life and shaped who you are today. Tell us about your latest accomplishments and how you are inspiring other girls.
Alumna Spotlight: Abby Malmstrom
Abby grew up in Connecticut and started attending Girls Inc. during her preschool years. Her mom wanted to provide Abby with every opportunity to learn the importance of leadership, developing life skills, and engaging in physical activity. Girls Inc. made all of those experiences possible for her.
Classes like dance, gymnastics, and even baton twirling allowed Abby to explore some of her hidden talents. She was allowed to experiment with her creative side and meet new friends, all while being surrounded by a supportive network of girls and women. As she grew older, she joined the Junior Leaders group at Girls Inc. As a Junior Leader, she was challenged to speak in public, try new things, and most importantly: lead.
Eventually, Abby took those lessons and transformed them into a career as a fitness practitioner and business owner. She entered graduate school and become an exercise physiologist and personal trainer. She now runs an online fitness and wellness training program called Trainer In Your Back Pocket (TBP). Her experience at Girls Inc. has stuck with her throughout her life. She says “I am constantly reminding myself, when challenges arise, or when I’m lacking motivation, that ‘I am Strong. I am Smart. I am Bold.’ In fact, it’s a mantra that I not only say to myself, but one that I try to live by and share with all of my clients.”
“I may or may not have been a ‘born leader,’ but I know for sure that through the classes, clubs, jobs, and opportunities provided, Girls Inc. has helped me to become the woman, business owner, daughter, wife, friend, and leader that I am today.”