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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

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Girls Inc. Headlines

Voya Foundation Awards Post-Secondary Education Scholarships to Young Investors

NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2015) - Girls Inc. and Voya Financial, Inc. announced today that Voya Foundation is awarding post-secondary education scholarships to teams of young girls who participated in the Voya-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge, a program that provides practical, hands-on investing experience to girls at Girls Inc. affiliates around the country. Teams of girls, in the final cycle of the challenge from Houston and Washington, D.C., spent the past three years building and managing a virtual $50,000 diversified, real-time portfolio as part of an integrated investment and economic literacy curriculum. Because of their successful money-management skills, the gains they realized from their investment portfolios translate into real dollars for their continued education.

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GapKids Collaboration with Ellen DeGeneres and her Lifestyle Brand ED Hits Stores and Online Today

NEW YORK – August 18, 2015 – GapKids has partnered with ED, Ellen Degeneres’ new lifestyle brand to launch GapKids x ED, a limited edition apparel collection and campaign that encourages girls everywhere to be themselves, do what makes them happy and take pride in who they are.  

Launching today in over 25 markets around the world, the collection, and supporting campaign, is rooted in the same core values that Gap brand has stood for over the past 45 years. Individualism and liberation that comes from confidently being your most authentic self are core values Gap shares with American comedian, talk show host, producer, writer and actress, Ellen DeGeneres. 

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Teavana Announces National Partnership with Girls Inc. in Support of Youth Education, Mentorship, College Readiness and Training

Continuing with Starbucks Long-term Commitment to Provide Pathways to Opportunity for Young People, Teavana Donates $100,000 to Benefit Young Women across the U.S. and Canada

SEATTLE (July 7, 2015) – Teavana (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced a national partnership with Girls Inc., a nonprofit, national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, while providing life-changing experiences and solutions to address challenges girls face as they look to higher education and career paths. The partnership, which is the beginning of a longer term relationship between the two organizations, will help support specific programming for college readiness and life skills training across six affiliate organizations in the U.S. 

Beginning with Atlanta, GA, Holyoke and Worcester, MA, Orange County, CA, and New York City and Westchester County, NY, Teavana’s initial investment in Girls Inc. will support hundreds of young women, primarily ages 14-17, as they prepare for the transition from high school to college or from high school to a career. Girls will learn about college during summer camps and workshops, develop into strong leaders through community service and training, and be supported and honored by caring mentors, their peers, and their communities. Girls Inc. supports diverse young women ages 6 – 18 and provides tailored support for these young women of underserved communities.

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Starbucks Announces $5 Million Raised for Youth Education and Mentorship through Teavana® Oprah Chai

Seattle (April 6, 2015) -- Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX)today announced that through its partnership with Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, which began a year ago, sales of Teavana® Oprah Chai have now raised more than $5 million for youth organizations in the U.S. and Canada            

To celebrate this significant milestone and to thank customers, Starbucks is inviting customers to come into participating U.S. and Canada Starbucks stores Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time. For every purchase of a Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte, customers will receive a free Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte of equal or lesser value to share. Starbucks will donate twenty-five cents for both beverages to support youth education. 100 percent of all proceeds made to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation from Teavana® Oprah Chai goes to the Foundation, which in turn provides further funding to Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy.

“Starbucks and Teavana, in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and organizations like Girls Inc., are investing in our future leaders, recognizing that education, training and mentorship are critical assets for youth across the U.S. and Canada,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana.

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Girls Inc. Honors Heather Bresch, Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Carolyn Everson, Suna Said, and Teresa White at Annual New York Luncheon

NEW YORK, NY (March 3, 2015) - On Thursday, March 12, the annual Girls Inc. New York Luncheon – Celebrating Women of Achievement will salute five outstanding honorees who uniquely inspire girls to set goals and achieve their full potential and will be held at The New York Marriott Marquis.

Additionally, Girls Inc. will welcome Chelsea Clinton to discuss the No Ceilings Full Participation Report.

The event is chaired by Lori Dickerson Fouché, CEO of Prudential Group Insurance and hosted by Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and CEO at Starfish Media Group. 

“Every girl needs someone in her corner who demonstrates the incredible achievements girls and women can make and who supports her inner strengths and drive,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO. “Our 2015 honorees are women who inspire the next generation of girls to seize new possibilities and envision successful futures. We are thrilled to recognize them and to welcome Ms. Clinton in furthering the critical role girls and women play in solving our world’s greatest challenges.”

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Game On! Athletes and Organizational Leaders Gather on Capitol Hill to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015  To celebrate the 29th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), organizations and leaders from the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition will gather in Washington, D.C. to recognize the advancement of girls’ and women’s sports and to discuss how to reduce the numbers of concussions in sports.  Game On!, this year’s theme, will focus on what schools can do to protect all student-athletes. 

Reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show a 60 percent increase in the number of reported concussions in the last 10 years.  Concussions are routinely viewed as an issue affecting male athletes, but a significant number of female athletes also experience serious head injuries.  The Women’s Sports Foundation research shows that females participating in many high school sports now have a higher incidence rate of sport-related concussions than do males in similar sports*. Other topline findings include: 

• Concussion rates in high school girls’ soccer is double that of boys’ soccer* 
• Concussion rates in high school girls’ basketball are one-third higher than in boys’ basketball*
• Concussion rates in high school girls’ softball are triple that of boys’ baseball*

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Girls Inc. to Witness Historic Test Launch of Orion Spacecraft

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2014 – Girls Inc., the nonprofit that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, will be sending six representatives to the Dec. 4 test launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. They include Girls Inc. President and CEO Judy Vredenburgh and five leaders from Girls Inc. affiliates who partner with Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] in delivering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to girls. The additional Girls Inc. representatives include: 

•    Sonya Ulibarri, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, President and CEO
•    Natasha Andrews, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia/New Jersey, Interim Executive Director
•    Fanny Villarreal, Girls Inc. of Syracuse and Onondoga County, NY, Executive Director
•    Rita Kirkup, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, CEO 
•    Kristina Fortner, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, Fla., Executive Director

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Girls Inc. Joins Glamour in Launching The Girl Project: A Global Initiative Championing Girls’ Education

New York, NY (November 10, 2014) — Girls Inc. is excited to announce its partnership with Glamour on the magazine brand's new global philanthropic initiative, The Girl Project, which will raise funds to break down the barriers to secondary education for young women all over the world. 

Girls Inc. was selected for its work providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with a safe environment, research-based programming, and trained staff mentors to ensure girls make healthy decisions, succeed academically, set goals that include higher education, and develop life skills for adulthood. 

At Monday’s 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, Fargana, a Girls Inc. girl from New York City, joined 10 schoolgirls from around the world who have overcome obstacles to achieve in school on stage to launch The Girl Project. 

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Girls Inc. of Chattanooga President and CEO Bea Lurie Tapped for Girls Inc. National Board

New York, NY (October 1, 2014) - Bea Lurie, President and CEO  of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, has been elected to the National Board of Girls Inc., the organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Lurie will serve as a Regional Professional Representative.

Lurie joined Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in 2007 as President and CEO. Under her leadership, the organization boasts a 100% success rate of high school girls going on to higher education, increased the number of girls ages 6-8 served by more than 30% and service hours by  200%, diversified funding sources, and increased annual revenue by over $250,000.

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Girls Inc. Receives $500,000 Grant from Lockheed Martin to Support STEM

The new partnership will pair Lockheed Martin mentors with girls ages 9-12

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014 – Girls Inc., the nonprofit that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, has received a one year, $500,000 grant from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for 500 girls ages 9-12.

Lockheed Martin’s new financial commitment comes on the heels of a successful 2013 pilot program, which paired program participants with Lockheed Martin mentors at five Girls Inc. locations. At the conclusion of that program, girls reported increased interest in studying STEM, positive experiences with female role models and a heightened awareness that a STEM career is a good choice for girls.

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Nordstrom Launches Give-Back Brand Treasure&Bond Benefitting Girls Inc.

SEATTLE (August 11, 2014) – Today, Nordstrom announced the launch of the company’s first-ever private label give-back brand, Treasure&Bond, which will be available in the TBD department at 86 stores around the country and on Drawing from classic wardrobe staples – think washed denim, soft plaid shirts, tees and moto jackets – Treasure&Bond offers customers an updated, lived-in and vintage feel, at a great price; for example, all denim is under $100. Five percent of net profits of Treasure&Bond will go to nonprofits that work to empower women and girls.

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Girls Inc. Launches Campaign to Support Program Expansion

August 5, 2014 (New York, NY) – Girls Inc. is launching a national campaign to call attention to the very serious issues facing girls growing up in North America and the unique solutions Girls Inc. offers.
Many will be surprised to learn that in the United States today:

• 1/4 of all girls don’t finish high school
• 3/10 will be pregnant before age 20
• 1/5 will experience childhood sex abuse
• 78% are unhappy with their bodies

Read more about the campaign in an interview printed in The New York Times

The campaign, created by MARC USA, tells the story of these disturbing statistics in the words of girls themselves. TV spots end with the girls’ affirmation that with Girls Inc. in their corner, they will fight for themselves and win. The core message of “fuel her fire and she will change the world” reflects the organization’s core belief in supporting each girl’s inherent strengths.

Through 86 affiliates across the U.S. and Canada, Girls Inc. provides a holistic, in-depth approach that combines mentoring, year-round programming and highly-skilled professional staff in safe, girl-only environments with the mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

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Girls Inc. Joins Made with Code in Drive to Boost Girls' Interest in Technology

(NEW YORK, NY) June 19, 2014 — Girls Inc. proudly announces that today they join Google and fellow supporters, including Chelsea Clinton, Girl Scouts of the USA, TechCrunch, Seventeen, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, and National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), to kick off Made with Code. The initiative will aim to inspire millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers.  

Girls Inc. will host coding parties reaching thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming where girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. In addition, an intensive coding program will also be piloted in early 2015.   

Made with Code will also feature stories of women and girl coders who are creating a diverse array of projects with code, as well as introductory coding projects that can help build girls’ confidence and show them they can code.

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Tony Bucci, Girls Inc. Board Member, Pens Op-Ed on Father's Day

On Sunday we celebrate the dads and father figures in our lives — men who provide for their families, patch skinned knees, coach our Little League teams, and stand as role models. While father-son relationships are often emphasized and are incredibly important, we must always remember how much our daughters are watching us, too.  

We don’t often realize how critical a role we play as fathers, uncles, and male mentors to girls. Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success, particularly around teen pregnancy, high school completion, body image, and preventing violence. These issues belong not just to girls; they affect our families and communities, and where we as men can make a huge difference. 

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Girls Inc. Girl Arianna Lopez Celebrated For Helping Carpinteria Go Smoke-Free at Radio Disney Music Awards

New York, NY - April 25, 2014 — Girls Inc. is thrilled to announce that Arianna Lopez, 17, is named a “Hero For Change” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday, April 26. Arianna is being recognized for her leadership in highlighting the risks smoking holds for her community and helping make Carpinteria (CA) a smoke-free city.

As a young girl, Arianna battled illness, including a head injury at age five. At Girls Inc., Arianna has built resilience, a support network of friends and mentors, and skills to become an advocate and a community leader. She has completed over 2,600 community service hours. Arianna spent six years working to ban smoking including researching, attending trainings, connecting with local businesses, educating community members, and speaking at City Council meetings. She also helped write, produce, and appear in a PSA around the issue.  

“Arianna embodies our mission of being strong, smart, and bold, and demonstrates how with the right support, girls can achieve and change their communities for the better,” Victoria Juarez, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Arianna is an incredible girl who is fighting for a positive future for herself and others every day, and we thank Radio Disney for celebrating her.”

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