Girls Inc. will kick off Link35, a new fundriasing intitiative aimed at donors age 35 and under, this Thursday, January 17 with a pie mixer at Fork & Pie Bar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Link35 is a fundraising initiative consisting of donors ages 35 and under that supports and sustains Girls Inc. of Chattanooga’s afterschool programs for girls ages 9-11.
The 9-11 age group, known as middle childhood, is one of the most important stages of development for girls. At this time, girls have their first experiences with peer pressure as they become more independent from family relationships in favor of peer groups. During this transition period, girls need the support of Girls Inc. programs which provide them with the skills necessary to resist peer pressure and avoid dangerous relationships and risky behavior in favor of positive decisions and healthy choices. Girls Inc. programs focus on the “whole girl” approach, developing well-rounded young women who are healthy, educated and independent – strong, smart and boldSM.
Link35 members raise funds and provide support for these programs through activities such as house parties, local business partnerships and personal donations. In addition to providing funding, members can also serve as role models by speaking about their careers and/or by volunteering at Girls Inc.’s afterschool sites to see firsthand the impact that their participation has on the girls.
The event is open to women and men age 35 and under who would like to learn more about Link35. To register, visit www.link35piemixer.eventbrite.com
Named for the phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her historic run for the 1972 democratic presidential nomination, the UnBought & UnBossed Awards honor local women who through their career acheivement and/or community involvement have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls. Community members submit nominations of women residing in Hamilton County and the ten honorees are chosen by ten high school-aged girls participating in Girls Inc.'s Women History Project.
The 2013 honorees are:
Sheila C. Boyington, President, Thinking Media
Sheri A. Fox, Attorney, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.
Gloria J. Griffith, Board Member, Westside Community Association
Charline Kilpatrick, Treasurer, Glenwood Neighborhood Watch
Pam Ladd, City Councilmember, City of Chattanooga
Jill Levine, Principal, Normal Park Museum Magnet School
Carol K. O'Neal, Administrative Clerk of the City Council, City of Chattanooga
Molly Sasse, Executive Director, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra
Stacy Talwar, Educational Consultant, Institute for Research and Reform in Education
Sue Anne Wells, Founder, Mustang Leadership Partners
As part of the Women's History Project, girls learn about the history of women's rights in the United States, about Shirley Chisholm and the traits of leaders. This foundational information is the basis for the girls to select an honoree that inspires them from the community nominations. In addition, the participants hone their interview, research and public speaking skills as they develop moving presentations to deliver in tribute to the Unbought and Unbossed honorees at the annual awards breakfast in March. Past participants have created original art, written poetry and made videos to showcase the life of their honoree.
Girls participating in this year's Women's History Project are: Ebonee Chappell (11th grade at East Ridge High School), Alexis Dozier (9th grade at Red Bank High School), Alexis Eaton (10th grade at CSAS), Sophie Epstein (12th grade at GPS), Khadesha Gordon (12th grade at CSAS), Emily Horton (12th grade at Hixson High School), Taylor Jackson (10th grade at CSAS), Antinea Jones (12th grade at Brainerd High School), Jasmine Pulliam (10th grade at CCA) and Terri Wright (9th grade at CCA).
The 9th Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards breakfast will be held on Friday, March 15 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in The Chattanoogan ballroom.
Tables and tickets for the 9th Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards breakfast are available at www.UnBoughtAndUnBossed.net. For sponsorship information, contact Shannon Colbert at
(423) 624-4757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I just celebrated my fifth year as President and CEO of Girls Inc. and it continues to be such an honor. There has not been a day during the past five years when I have not been inspired by the girls, staff and the board of directors as we work together towards a continued future of success.
I am so proud that since 2007, 100% of the girls who stay with Girls Inc. through their senior year of high school go on to college and, to date, only two have dropped out. (I’m continuing to work on getting those girls back to college!) In the last two years, we have increased the number of girls we serve with impact by 77%! Just last year, we had 764 girls in our high impact programs and that does not include our outreach programs. We are proud that all of our program staff are college graduates who serve as role models for the girls.
We need your support as donors and volunteers. Take action today! Make a donation today! To volunteer, contact Katherine Walker at email@example.com
. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
President & CEO
Kathleen is a sixth grade student in our afterschool program at Orchard Knob Middle School. At the beginning of the program during homework time, she would often talk about how math was always "really hard" for her.
One day last week, when faced with a daunting homework worksheet on fractions, Kathleen initially wanted to give up. But staff at the site began showing her examples of how to use pictures and division to help answer the questions. Within only a few minutes, Kathleen began to smile. Once she learned a method that worked for her, Kathleen realized that she did understand fractions after all. That day, Kathleen didn’t quit until she knew she had every question right. By the end of homework time, she was grinning ear to ear, and talking about how much she loves math!
East Ridge Elementary School is one of two pilot sites for Girls Inc.'s new Bookworm Club program. This literacy program uses a proactive approach that excites first and second grades girls about words and teaches them how important reading and writing are to a successful future and happy life.
We are so proud to be partnering with East Ridge Elementary and its principal, Carol Langston. She has worked in education for over 35 years and is in her second year at East Ridge Elementary. Principal Langston started her career in special education and was drawn to education as a whole because she loved working with kids. She believes the best educators have a good sense of humor and a willingness to keep learning themselves.
Principal Langston hopes that the one thing that her students take away from their time at East Ridge is a love of school - something she believes is important to students' success.
We agree! Thank you Principal Langston for being a Girls Inc. of Chattanooga partner.
How old were you when you first began thinking about the voting process? Girls in our afterschool programs this fall are learning about voting, campaigning and the election process as young as age six. She Votes!
is a national Girls Inc. curriculum designed to promote civic engagement in girls and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run for political office as well as serve as an elected official. Girls participate in activities that introduce them to voting, public speaking, fundraising, and campaign advertising.
Lessons from the She Votes! curriculum are currently being taught during our afterschool programs at Hardy Elementary School, Harrison United Methodist Church and Orchard Knob Middle School. The girls will participate in a mock presidential election on Election Day on November 6.
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Six year old Trinity, who recently attended Girls Inc.'s BioGirl Fall Break Camp wrote a speech for the end of camp presentation titled "What it Means to be a Girls Inc. Girl". We are so proud of Trinity and couldn't have said it better! Read what Trinity wrote below (click to enlarge):
Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces the Bookworm Club, a new afterschool program for first and second grade girls at East Ridge and Woodmore Elementary Schools. Girls in the program will explore their world through literacy activities including poetry, plays, storytelling, public speaking, reading and writing. The Bookworm Club is funded by grants from United Way’s New Opportunities Fund, the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation, Amazon Fulfillment and the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club.
The program was developed in response to the sobering statistics found in 2010 (most recent data available) national and state assessments of reading scores in Hamilton County schools. The county scored a grade of C in Academic Achievement for reading and a D in the new standards of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) evaluation. Only 35.9% of Hamilton County students in the 3rd through 8th grade scored “proficient” in reading on the state’s academic report card.
"Literacy is the gateway to academic success. The Bookworm Club program, an early intervention program, will work with girls to make the written word jump off the page and into their imaginations,” Bea Lurie, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga's President & CEO said. “The goal is to turn Girls Inc. girls into bookworms who treasure reading so it becomes the foundation for success in their schooling and life.”
In its first year, the program will meet two days a week at each school. Girls will also receive homework help and participate in early preparation exercises for TCAP testing.
Rick Smith, Superintendent of the Hamilton County School System, said, “We value our long standing partnership with Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and the impact of their afterschool and in-school programs. The Bookworm Club is an important new program for our students.”
“We are proud to partner with Girls Inc. of Chattanooga on this innovative program to instill a love of reading for students during a key time in their development,” said Keith Stevens, General Manager of Amazon’s Chattanooga Fulfillment Center.
The Chattanooga Public Library is also an important program partner that will provide engaging programs during several planned visits to the downtown location. All of the girls will get library cards at either the Chattanooga or East Ridge libraries.Click here to watch a Times Free Press video from our recent press conference about the Bookworm Club.
Krysta started her Girls Inc. journey at our Design Girl Spring Break Camp in April of this year. She began the program as very shy and reserved and often had trouble talking to and making eye contact with staff and the other girls. While she often appeared timid or nervous, and refused to participate in group discussions, she insisted that she was having fun at camp.
A few months later, Krysta attended both our GlobalGirl camp in June and American Girl in July. During the two months she spent at camp, Krysta slowly began to come out of her shell. First, she began interacting with all of the girls in her age group and then all of the girls at the camp.
Soon she was arriving every morning with a big, friendly smile on her face that often lasted throughout the day. One of the biggest surprises was when she chose to participate in a camp talent show in June and then Show and Tell in July. Finally, at the July end of camp presentation, at which each age group had designed and built a model of an all-girl city, Krysta was one of the most vocal members of her group as attendees at the presentation asked questions about her group’s city.
Toward the end of the summer, when asked about camp, Krysta exclaimed that she loved Girls Inc. and could not wait to come back for fall break. We are so proud of her and look forward to seeing her again!
The Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW), the Southeast Tennessee Development District Advisory Council and the Tennessee Women's Political Caucus invite you to become part of the conversation as women from all over Southeast Tennessee come together to empower, encourage and inspire current and future women leaders.
The Southeast Tennessee Women's Summit will be Friday, September 21 at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Special keynote speakers will be Dr. Arun Ghandi and Mayor Kim McMillan of Clarksville, TN.
The summit will offer a forum for women to learn, discuss and network with leaders in the professional community; discover new ways to achieve their personal and professional goals; connect with other women and resources in their communities; and help other women and their communities prosper. Click here to register for the Southeast Tennessee Women's Summit