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: Patricia Reilly
Tricia grew up in Girls Inc. She started attending when she was just 8 years old and stayed with the program until she graduated high school.
During her ten years, Tricia was exposed to a wide-variety of activities, including Swedish weaving and Irish step dancing, and developed her leadership skills by serving as a camp counselor and swim instructor. These diverse experiences helped Tricia build her self-confidence and discover her passion in assisting others.
Even as a young girl, Tricia knew she wanted to be a lawyer but she didn’t always know how she was going to get there. She applied for the Girls Inc. National Scholarship and wrote her essay on Juvenile Justice. She was awarded a National Scholarship and went on to attend Wesleyan University and a few years later graduated from the University of California at Berkeley Law School.
Through her education, Tricia has been able to build a stable life for herself, which was tested when tragedy struck with the unexpected passing of her first husband, leaving her a single mother and sole provider of her family. Tricia credits her career for keeping her financially afloat during this difficult time and emphasizes the importance of girls supporting themselves financially.
Tricia wants to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through her advice to a new generation of girls - “stay in school, work hard, develop skills, and pursue a career.”
Recently, Tricia was awarded Best Lawyer of the year for employment litigation in the New Haven area. She is the mother of two adult children and stepmother to two, with whom she raised with her husband Peter.