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: Abigail Figueroa Vera
At twelve years old, Abigail came to Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Abigail's mother wanted the best for her and she was confident that Girls Inc. would provide her with the mentors she would need to succeed in the United States. As a daughter of immigrant parents, she would be the first in her family to attend a University. Through Girls Inc., she quickly connected with strong female role models who encouraged her to work towards a degree and to plan accordingly for her future.
At Girls Inc., Abigail was exposed to STEM programs and was introduced to women pursuing careers in non-traditional fields. She soon saw these careers as exciting and realistic options for herself. Girls Inc. opened doors for Abigail and she soon secured prestigious internships with finance and production companies. She was also awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships and grants, including the Girls Inc. National Scholarship.
Abigail graduated from Santa Clara University and has been the CEO of Aby’s Custom Upholstery since 2003. As a mother of two children, Abigail is constantly juggling the demands of parenthood and running a successful company, but she is proud to be modeling what it means to be a healthy, educated, and independent woman.
Abigail is now an advocate for girls who find themselves without strong female role models in their lives. Her advice to girls is to ask questions, seek mentors, and to use every tool you have to succeed one day at a time.
Thank you, Abigail, for showing girls that no dream is out of reach!
“Girls Inc. has molded me into the woman that I am today.”