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Review for Girls Inc of Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This beautiful place is a canvas for young girls. I loved every day I had the fortune of just being in the presence of such inspiring staff and young girls. I had heard about the center from a good friend who had volunteered a few years ago. I was looking to get integrated with an organization with a cause I was extremely passionate about. When my friend told me that she looked forward to every day at the center, I knew I had to be involved here. I have had a growing passion for working with female youth, something that has blossomed into a genuine direction for how I lead my life and my work. This center was a beautiful opportunity that I stumbled upon and I am so grateful for the enthusiasm and warmth that I encountered at this center. I would walk around and witness the variety of opportunities that the girls were involved in. I'm talking about innovative activities that involved science and math, art projects that allowed a flow of creativity, and best of all, activities that brought girls together. The staff pour their hearts into their projects, this is something that I appreciated. I ended up being so inspired by the staff that I asked to lead the writing classes on a certain day. I stumbled a few times, realizing that some activities just weren't playing off the impressive level of potential these girls hold. That's when I learned that good teachers observe and listen, because the students held the most amazing ideas. One experience I will never forget was when I sat and collaborated with a few girls from the class. They had a great idea of writing news stories and getting the chance to play the roles of news reporters in front of the class. Well, the idea soared! The girls loved it, I spent time designing an outline for the class so that we'd be able to maximize their potential and creativity. I was so amazed by these girls, I'm telling you from the bottom of my heart... they are the reason I looked forward to coming every day. I learned so much about female strength from their resilience and unwavering efforts-- whether it was writing a story or finishing a building project. I also loved the unique opportunities around the center-- cooking snacks in the kitchen from scratch, planting sunflower seeds in the garden, etc. This place is a canvas for these girls, because looking at a empty white canvas can elicit excitement. These girls walked in with their intentions and brushes in their hands and made every day meaningful, making the most of every activity and building beautiful bonds with the staff. I personally saw the place as a canvas as well, I had no idea that I'd be able to help create something beautiful in that class but it happened and coming into the center was one of the best decisions I made. I hope to continue building a relationship with this center. I hope that if you are reading this that you have gathered an understanding of how wonderful this center is. Because female youth are a population I believe deserve greater attention and involvement. Most of all, because the word "opportunity" is one of the most meaningful words to a young girl. Please consider this organization, and take the opportunity to experience Girls Inc for yourself :)

Role:  Volunteer