At Girls Inc., we are grateful for so much. As this year continues to test everyone: donors, volunteers, staff, girls, and their families, we continue to be thankful to our caring community for supporting our Strong, Smart, and Bold mission. I hope you will take a moment to read our Winter Newsletter where we highlight our programs, volunteers, and alums. We are thrilled to have alum, Ary Richardson, a current Junior at George Washington University in Washington DC as our guest writer.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Dearborn
Girls Inc. of Lynn is thankful for each and every one of the volunteers that help drive our mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Volunteers have made a tremendous impact on our organization and this month we’re highlighting our volunteer Jill Dearborn’s journey at Girls Inc. Read more
Alum Spotlight: Victoria Adinkra
Victoria started her Girls Inc. journey in sixth grade and participated in programs like EUREKA!, a summer STEM based program, Sister 2 Sister, a healthy sexuality program where she became a Teen Health Ambassador and delivered comprehensive sex education to peers, and in highschool became a Girl Hero Scholar because of her outstanding academic record and involvement in her community. Read more
Thank you to our Holiday Helpers
The holiday spirit was felt this season thanks to the kindness of many Girls Inc. friends and supporters. A heartfelt thank you to Diane and Michael Christian of Someone Else’s Child for the special holiday meal bags for our school-age childcare families. Thanks to generosity of NASDAQ and Comcast that each girl in our Boston and Lynn programs received a special gift.
Teens and middle schoolers’ holidays were extra special this year thanks to J.P. Morgan who gifted books, journals, headphones, and to Project Glitter who sent mascara to each of our teen members.
News from our Boston program
We are thrilled to announce that girls in grades 1-5 at the Shaw School in Mattapan and the Holmes School in Dorchester are enjoying virtual programming provided by Girls Inc. This month the girls began classes on financial literacy with the help of volunteers from PWC.
Teen and Middle School Updates
Girls Inc. Beach Sister peer leaders collaborated with teens from Salem to create a video as part of the Marine Debris program in collaboration with Salem Sound Coastwatch.
Career Panels Provide Girls Weekly Insight and Inspiration
Girls Inc. provides career panels every Friday to give girls insight and inspiration from area professionals in an array of professions. Thank you to the following businesses and organizations who are providing guidance to our girls:
- Women in Mental Health
- Women from First Republic Bank
- National Grid
- Women in Music
- Women from Boston Financial
- Women from Boston Financial or Women Entrepreneurs
As February school vacation approaches, our girls are preparing for fun activities!
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
- Girls & Women in Sports Day with Salem State University Athletes
- Workshop Self-Love led by a community volunteer
- Teen Night event for all teens in Lynn and Salem
School Aged Child Care Program Updates
The Girls Inc. school-aged childcare program is currently serving 93 girls at our High Street location. Winter session began January 4 and we continue to support our girls with their remote learning. While they are at Girls Inc. they can enjoying part of the Girls Inc. community with offerings STEM and literacy programming. (girl with book and potential girl with tutor)
A Neeky Peeky Elf Readers challenge was created to encourage our girls to read by rewarding them with fun prizes including elf toys and pizza. The Girls Inc. team looks forward to welcoming the literacy volunteers back to 50 High street when all is safe.
Girls Inc. is working with each girl to develop a tutoring plan to address learning loss in the large number of K-3 girls who are reading below grade level due to the gaps in schooling caused by the pandemic. Our Case Manager is in contact with schools, social workers and parents to make sure our girls receive appropriate in-school supports when needed.