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Review for Girls Incorporated Of The Washington Dc Metropolitan Area, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I first became aware of Girls Inc. at a national luncheon held in Washington, DC in 2003. I have always been committed to women's equality issues and the work of this organization struck a chord with me -- let's give girls the tools to succeed before they need to fight in the workplace for equality.

Thus I joined the board and for the past 4 years have served as its chair. I am continually impressed by the quality of the programs and the professionalism of the organization. As a local affiliate we have access to the curricula developed by professional educators in the Girls Inc. institute. Furthermore, all Girls Inc. leaders are trained before delivering programs and individual and program success is assessed routinely.

We focus on middle school girls -- the age when girls start focusing more on social issues and less on school, particularly math and science. We have strong programs in STEM, partnering with local universities, government organizations, and corporations to provide content. The delivery of these programs remains consistent with our mission: Provide girls with the tools to be STRONG, SMART AND BOLD as they move into adulthood.

Our programs differ from many other important programs in the city. We do not focus on remedial or tutoring goals. We focus on building character, grit, future focus, strength, curiosity, and self-esteem. These attributes are growing in attention in the education community and we agree with the experts -- wanting to succeed and having the belief that one can succeed are critical components of becoming leaders and successful citizens of our society.

Role:  Board Member