GIRLS TO WOMEN Overview
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% Patricia Foster
East Palo Alto
Target demographics: Low-income school-age girls from Latina, African-American, & Pacific Islander cultural groups in East Palo Alto (San Mateo County, CA)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 60 participants
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: 1) Help us develop our social networking sites
2) Talk about us to someone you know who can make a contribution for the cause.
3) Help a bright girl master a challenging math problem.
Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto
Programs: Participating girls:
•Receive individual academic assistance that takes their linguistic and cultural background into consideration. Late elementary-age girls will be more likely to gain admittance to academic-track middle schools.
•Optimize their mental and physical development through nutritional support; emotional and physical health education & consultations; and through a variety of sports, games, and movement arts.
•Appreciate the arts and learn about themselves through participation in a variety of creative activities such as painting, drama, music, crafts, and through field trips to regional arts and cultural centers.
•Become competent with basic information technology that can help them achieve scholastic, creative, and basic communications objectives.
•Receive the physical, educational, and spiritual benefits of frequent exposure to the outdoors, gardens, and natural areas.
•Become more familiar with and feel supported by their local community, leading to viewing a multicultural community as an asset, while affirming their own cultural traditions.
•Gain a sense of their own positive potential as doers and leaders.
•Enjoy adult support and mentorship from well-prepared, motivated program staff and volunteers who retain their commitment over time.
•Beginning our 4th dynamic and popular 6-week summer session serving 2/3rds of our academic year participants but with a large influx (about 1/3rd) of new girls & families. We expect to see close 100% full attendance again during Summer 2010.
•Attracting an estimated $15,000 worth of in-kind contributions of everything from art supplies to volunteer-time in 2009.
•Partnering with 12 other community agencies, service groups, and businesses to deliver everything from academic support to arts activities to field trips.
•Raising over $70,000 in grants revenue and more than $58,000 in individual donor contributions last year.
•Recruiting over two dozen local academic-track high school students from cultural backgrounds similar to those of our girls, who serve as 1-on-1 mentoring and academic support volunteers.
•Building leadership skills in girls 11-16 by: involving them in support for younger girls; having them help administer the organization; and by soliciting their feedback in program development.
•Establishing (October, 2008) an ongoing gardening, nutrition, and environmental education program in partnership with local urban greening group Collective Roots.