Every January, I’m reminded of the fierce dedication of people like you who ensure the girls at Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest are consistently inspired to be strong, smart, and bold.
Mentoring relationships are an essential element of The Girls Inc. Experience. From Portland to SW Washington to Seattle, our volunteer mentors support girls emotionally, academically and socially in achieving goals and reaching their highest potential. And girls feel that impact:
86% say there are adults at Girls Inc. that help them think about their future.
96% say there is an adult who believes they will be a success.
85% of girls receiving high mentoring scores found reading to be fun and interesting compared to 67% of their Girls Inc. peers receiving low scores.
85% of Girls Inc. teens with high mentoring scores felt they could handle harder reading coursework, compared to just 68% of their Girls Inc. peers receiving low scores.
Our Girls Guides and Bold Futures mentors fuel her fire every day and without them our programs would not be as robust, as impactful, or as meaningful. We are so grateful to every single person who dedicates their time to girls in the Pacific Northwest.
Are you ready to become a mentor and inspire the Power of Her? We need you!
CALLING ALL FANS OF
POWER OF THE PURSE!
Do you want to get involved in planning Portland’s most fashionable and fun fundraiser that also supports gender equity? We thought so! We are looking for committee volunteers to help us plan our 14th Annual Power of the Purse. If that’s you, email Sarah, our Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Wednesday, we hosted our first event and celebration for Bold Futures girls to meet their new mentors. Thanks to support from Girls Inc. National, we kicked off our newest program in the Pacific Northwest last January, focusing on building deeper and more lasting connections between mentors and smaller groups of 3-4 Girls Inc. girls. Girls in our Bold Futures program go to girls groups at their schools and then on nights and weekends go on adventures with their small group and mentor. We are thrilled this program is starting its second year in the Pacific Northwest!
“At the beginning I didn’t want to come to group. I was telling one of my friend’s that I didn’t want to go, and she asked me why. I said, ‘I don’t know.’ And she said that wasn’t a good reason. I thought about it and realized that every time I come to group I get stronger. You all make me stronger.” -Bold Futures girl
We are still looking for two mentors in the Gresham/Troutdale area!
The #GirlsToo campaign is focused on preventing sexual harassment and violence so that all young people grow up safe, respected, and valued. Sadly, a lot of the sexual misconduct girls experience happens at school, interfering with their ability to access education. As we work to make schools a safer place for all young people to learn and thrive, Title IX is a critical part of how we can hold schools accountable.
Recently, the Department of Education released proposed Title IX regulations that will significantly roll back protections for survivors of sexual harassment and violence and make it that much harder for students to stay in school and continue their education. We have until January 31, 2019 to voice our opposition to these rules, which the Department must consider before finalizing their proposal.
Our trusted colleagues at the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force put together some great tip forms to consider when constructing your comment: