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June 2022

From CEO Dr. Pamela Maraldo

Following a Successful Year: An Eye on Growth and Advocacy 

We’ve had a banner year! Thanks to all of you, our supporters, we’ve emerged from the calamitous COVID pandemic stronger than ever. We’re poised to have a major impact on the girls in our programs, on girls everywhere. 

I’m calling it a “destiny moment” for Girls Inc. of New York City (GINYC).

 

We’re working on several large scale projects that promise to have a far reaching impact:

  • Her Future—an exciting new app will bring much-needed financial capabilities to teens and young women 
  • Mind Body Matters—a digitized program using multicultural avatars and vignettes teaches girls how to cope with life’s stresses
  • Project Accelerate—an initiative seeking to achieve gender equality for women in the workplace, especially women of color.

Thank you to Google.org, Kate Spade, and Pivotal Ventures for your generous support to make these programs possible!

Gala and College Shower

Our gala (held for the first time with our College Shower—celebrating girls going off to college) was a huge success!

The 2022 gala honorees Beatrice Dixon, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Janice Reals Ellig, and La La Anthony are living examples of what happens when you’re being who you are and not letting others define you.

College Shower student honoree Anita Dugbartey spoke about how Girls Inc. of NYC helped her build the confidence to challenge cultural attitudes that undermine girls' education. Now scholarship in hand, she’s off to Harvard!

All the girls going off to college overcame huge challenges—familial as well as financial—and inspired us with their courage and conviction. Watch the recording of the full program here, and view photos from the evening here.

The Year Ahead

The coming year promises program expansion and new advocacy efforts. Programs grew at an unprecedented 175% this year, and are slated for similar growth this coming fiscal year. Summer will be buzzing with new activity too: we will pilot Her Future and leading entrepreneurial summer camps for middle and high school students. 

Stepping up our advocacy efforts will be a high priority this coming year. If you’re interested in our advocacy agenda—gun control, reproductive rights, mental health for girls—watch out for opportunities to get involved. As societal problems exacerbate gender and racial inequalities as well as economic struggles, Girls Inc. of NYC aims to be part of the solution. Join us

Our success this year has a direct, palpable impact: thousands of girls will have brighter futures and untold opportunities because of you, our supporters. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Have a great summer!

Warmest regards,

Pam 

 

In the News

Project REACH on NY1

In an interview with NY1's Justine Re, Project REACH Director Dr. Krystal Johnson and college student Daisy Vasquez explain how the program provides motivation and mentorship to college students, especially as the pandemic continues to complicate college enrollment and retention.

 

VP of Programs April Williams on BronxNet

Vice President of Programs April Williams joined BronxNet's  Kibin Alleyne to discuss how GINYC delivers programs to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.

 

Girls Inc. of NYC selected as a funding recipient of Google.org's Impact Challenge for Women and Girls

Last November, we announced that we were selected from a pool of 7,800 applications to receive funding and additional support from Google.org. With this funding, we're building on our financial literacy program and creating an interactive mobile app to guide girls through exercises in planning, saving, budgeting, and investing.

 

Our Programs

Where We Work

 

Program Highlights

  • Project REACH: Currently, we are following three cohorts of girls in college: 
    • 40 freshmen • 80 sophomores • 40 juniors
    • 100% of our students have returned to in-person classes, with more than 50% living on campus. 
  • Mind Body Matters: Trained 85 educators across 67 schools serving nearly 3,700 girls
  • This year, we expanded our comprehensive programming to the Icahn Charter Network, delivering after-school programming to 150 middle school girls, five days a week
  • On track to serve 10,000 girls across more than 100 NYC schools
 

From Our Leadership Corner Blog

Her Future: Financial Literacy for Girls 

Although women have made progress toward economic gender parity over the past 20 years, women and girls still lack access to financial education. Aiming to strengthen girls' financial savvy,  we are updating our signature financial literacy curriculum and developing a mobile app, both tailored to meet the financial realities of girls and young women, particularly those from underserved communities. 

 

Mind Body Matters: Meeting the Moment for Mental Health Education

Amid the teen mental health crisis, Girls Inc. of New York City is taking action with Mind Body Matters. Our digitized mental health program, Mind Body Matters, raises awareness about the impact emotional trauma can have on the physical—as well as mental—well-being of girls, families, and communities.

 

Student Voices

Dear Future Me

In letters to their future selves, Girls Inc of NYC students reflect on how GINYC has propelled them to realize their aspirations, while in high school and onward through college. 

 

Melody with Her Father Christopher

GINYC participant Melody interviews her father Christopher about how GINYC has impacted her and their family.

Mental Health Education x Queer Pride

Recently, Girls Inc of NYC led an activity to foster authentic understanding of gender identities and sexual orientation. Establishing a safe space, students described how they identify and answered questions from their peers. A queer-identifying student observed that the discussion made her feel validated and helped her better understand and accept herself.

“This whole time, I was judging myself because I feared everyone would judge me. However, they were dedicated to understanding someone else's identity so they could ensure they were not offending anyone. [...] When we see our identities reflected in what we are learning, we are introduced to another level of acceptance that we may not be exposed to anywhere else. We are reminded that we are accepted, valued, and seen. We are reminded that we are loved, even if we can’t love ourselves yet.”

 

East Harlem: Stop Motion Student Film

GINYC participants from the Young Women's Leadership School (TYWLS) in East Harlem created stop motion films using objects, drawings, and live actors. 

 

More Updates from Girls Inc of NYC

 

Upcoming Events and Observances

  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • June 20: GINYC office closed in observance of Juneteeth
  • June 26: NYC Pride March
  • June 27: Last Day of School (NYC Public Schools)
  • July 4: Independence day, GINYC office closed
  • July 5–28: GINYC summer camp 
 
 

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