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: Jennifer Sinkfield
Jennifer joined Girls Inc. while growing up in a segregated community of St. Louis with limited opportunities and few examples of what was possible as a female minority. “As a young black girl, I didn’t know many people – let alone women – who had been outside of St. Louis or who had the opportunity to dream big and fulfill those dreams.”
At Girls Inc., Jennifer had experiences and opportunities that helped her to see past these barriers. By building lasting relationships with the supportive staff and her peers, Jennifer found the confidence to take the stage in a theater program and to play tennis like role models Venus and Serena Williams.
Jennifer was also introduced to strong, successful female scientists. These mentors demonstrated that it was possible to find passion and joy in one’s career. “We were told that if there was something we wanted, we had to be bold and go for it.”
The women she met at Girls Inc. made a lasting impression as Jennifer went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Biology from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Public Health at George Washington University.
Currently, Jennifer works as an HIV Research Coordinator at Children's National Health System, Adolescent Medicine Division, in Washington, D.C. In this role, she strives to prevent new cases of HIV and to find ways to improve the lives of people living with HIV.
She also now gives back herself by volunteering at the Girls Inc. of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, where she teaches young girls about pregnancy prevention and sexual health.
Thank you, Jennifer, for showing girls that anything is possible when you dream big!
"The empowerment I received from Girls Inc. to be strong, smart, and, bold has encouraged me to continue to advocate for the health of youth.”