The obstacles girls face growing up can be overwhelming. The recent Washington Area Women's Foundation/ Urban Institute's report on the status of women and girls in the DC region finds Poverty, Health, Education and Violence to be major issues facing girls in our region. Washington, DC stands out with three in ten girls aged 12 to 17 falling below the poverty line. One in ten girls don't complete high school. African-American and Asian girls are twice as likely as Caucasian girls to lack a high school diploma, with teen childbearing and family responsibilities as major reasons.
Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metro Area and it's College Bound Girls! program offers support to middle and high school girls to help them overcome these potential barriers. Setting goals, building confidence and developing skills that help girls navigate a challenging landscape is what we're all about.
- This April, we are offering a Spring Break Camp for 35 high school girls who are identified by their school counselors as academically talented and motivated to attend college, yet lack the individualized support needed to prepare for that challenging application process. Our Spring Break Camp will provide these young ladies with that much needed "boost" through an intensive immersion in the college exploration and application process.
- They will receive help with school selection, test-taking, writing, interviewing, funding options, learning about "college life", and take 2 campus tours- one urban and one suburban. The girls will network with female college students, engage in leadership and team building activities and receive a mentor who will assist them beyond the week long camp.
- In addition to the skills they will sharpen, these girls will also increase their confidence and self-esteem - so vital to their success.
With your support and ours, they will know that they are College Bound Girls! Your donation will fund the cost of this week which is $152 per girl and covers the direct cost of supplies, transportation for the campus trips, incentives/logo items, staffing and food - which we will also solicit from local restaurants.
Our girls are Strong, Smart, Bold and Inspiring!
With you in their corner- they will thrive!
Thank you for believing in them!