I wrote weekly blogs during my internship with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis – here are a few of my favorites! Each blog will have a link to it’s originally published post on the organization’s website, but for documentation purposes they have also been copied below.
January 25th, 2018
The biggest trend this prom season? Confidence.
Prior to putting on any gowns, the ten girls who attended had the opportunity to chat with some of the Sophia’s staff, including the Bridal manager and the prom manager, about their careers. A lot of different skill sets are required for a bridal boutique to run smoothly. The YWIL girls were able to gain a better understanding of all the hard work that goes into making events like this fashion show happen. Jessica, the owner of Sophia’s, also shared her journey to become a successful business owner and entrepreneur with the girls.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis would like to extend a huge thank you to Sophia’s Bridal and Prom for hosting this event, where all proceeds benefited our programs to empower girls. Additionally, the staff at Sophia’s was gracious enough to donate a dress to one lucky YWIL girl!
February 1st, 2018
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is celebrating Black History Month by honoring influential black women throughout history. Read below to see how each of these strong women influenced movements throughout history.
Author, educator, and activist Maya Angelou is known around the world for her works. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, describes in detail the struggles she endured as a black child in the American South during the Great Depression. She continued to endure many difficulties and rapid changes throughout her life, emerging as a symbol of strength and perseverance for black women everywhere.
“All my work, my life, everything is about survival,” Angelou said. “All my work is meant to say, ‘You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.’ In fact, the encountering may be the very experience which creates the vitality and the power to endure.”
In addition to the written works she published throughout her lifetime, Angelou served as an educator and received over 50 honorary degrees from various universities.
Mamie Phipps Clark, PhD
Mamie Phipps Clark, along with her husband Kenneth Clark, was one of the first African-Americans to earn a doctoral degree in psychology from Columbia University. She spent her early years working with children and eventually decided to combine that work her research in psychology to study black children’s sense of self.
Some of her most noted work was highly influential to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, which made segregation of schools illegal and paved the way for activists like Daisy Bates to get local schools integrated.
Mamie and Kenneth Clark also founded what would become the Northside Center for Child Development, to help African-American children from Harlem. The Center is still in operation today, offering behavioral, mental health and education services to the children of New York.
Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune was a strong advocate for education, gender equality and civil rights. Bethune founded a boarding school for African-American girls, which would eventually become Bethune-Cookman University.
In addition to being an entrepreneur and educator, she played an integral part in Depression-era politics by leading voting drives for women and serving as an adviser to then-president, Franklin Roosevelt. She organized and lead many other organizations across the United States, and served as the Vice President of the NAACP for fifteen years.
March 15th, 2018
We’re halfway through our Spring Campaign, and Girls Inc. still needs your help to reach our goal by the end of March!
With the support of donors like you Girls Inc. is providing transformational programs like Operation SMART® (Science, Math And Relevant Technology) which empowers girls to explore math and science fields by engaging them in relevant, interesting activities to discover the world around them.
Did you know girls are facing tough realities and hurdles to their success right here in Indianapolis?
- Women make up half of the overall workforce, but only 25% of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields; minority women less than 10%.
- Girls assess their mathematical ability lower than boys with equivalent past mathematical achievement.
- Girls hold themselves to a higher standard in subjects like science and math, where boys are considered to excel. Because of this, girls are less likely to believe they will succeed in a STEM field and, therefore, are less likely to express interest in a STEM career.
But as one of our Operation SMART® girls stated, “Girls can be great at science. I won a science award. Girls can do anything.”
Your gift today will provide hands-on programs like Operation SMART® and Economic Literacy that address the challenges girls face today. Supporting Girls Inc. means supporting girls in Greater Indianapolis and helping them to become strong, smart, and bold.
“Girls Inc. has impacted me in ways that are almost indescribable. Through their amazing programs, Girls Inc. laid a foundation in me to be a great student, friend, woman, mentor, and member of society in general,” says Courtney, a Girls Inc. Alumna.
By making a gift, you make a tremendous impact on the lives of the girls we serve, and due to the generosity of Barb Fleming, BAF Corporation, and Bev Middaugh, Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple, all donations made during the Spring Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar up to $7,500!
Thank you for joining us to ensure Indianapolis girls have access to life-changing experiences that instill confidence, creativity, and fuel progress for their futures, their families, and their communities
March 29th, 2018
The Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) program takes a group of girls on a trip each year. Last week, some of the 2017-2018 YWIL girls traveled to New York City.
Four girls went on the trip, all of which had never seen the Big Apple before and were excited learn about other cultures outside of those present in Indianapolis. On their first day, the girls explored two of the traditional sight-seeing attractions in the city: the Empire State Building and Times Square. To finish off the first day, the girls saw Aladdin on Broadway. “The Aladdin show was amazing because it was something that was interesting to all of us,” remarked Aeriana, “It blew our expectations out of the water.”
“Times Square glowed brighter than the sun,” said Joleena.
The YWIL girls spent their second day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses more than two million works of art. After taking in the art, the group got out some of their energy by bowling, which lead the girls to a whole new discovery – “Come to find out, most of us were pros at not hitting the pins!”
For their third and final day in NYC, the four YWIL girls visited the Statue of Liberty and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. “Today was my favorite day because of the 9/11 tour,” Joleena wrote in reflection, “I knew about 9/11 but not many details. Seeing the stories of the people affected was very touching.”
“Traveling is important because you get to meet other people and experience new things,” Ronasaiah explained, “This trip taught me how to be flexible with my plans and to navigate a big city. I got to try new things.” Fellow YWIL girl Cyncere agreed, “I learned that not everyone is the same. I also improved my communication, navigation, and listening skills.”