Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Mission

To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to respect themselves and the world around them

The Big Idea

To provide employment opportunities for our program graduates to continue building their Leadership skills as Youth Leaders and to help support and mentor girls in their own communities.

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast delivers a constellation of programs that focus on leadership and self-empowerment. Girls Inc. of the Central Coast wants to provide additional opportunities for the graduates of our high school leadership program to continue their leadership development by delivering programs to girls in high school and middle school as Youth Leaders would attend monthly staff meetings and training’s where they would have the opportunity to learn and support each other throughout the year. During monthly training’s Youth Leaders would cover: public speaking, facilitation skills, child abuse prevention and awareness, CPR, team building, time management, and build on the skills they learned during their time in the High School Leadership program.

Our goal is to hire 16 Youth Leaders for our middle school and 16 high school program along with 8 youth Leaders for our 2 camps held in the summer.

The Youth Leaders will also receive training on the program curriculums, team decision-making, youth-adult partnerships, and legislative policy to enhance their facilitation and mentoring skills.

I believe in the saying, “you have to see it to believe it”. Not only did I see it but I got to be a part of it. I learned that women can do anything they set their minds to and if we all gather together for one common purpose, we can make a difference. Girls Inc. gave me the tools to prepare for my future. They gave me the opportunity to visit colleges, and visit the state capitol where I had the chance to speak with legislators to voice our opinions. It was through Girls Inc. that I began to see the bigger picture, that there is a larger world out there than just the community I live in. That only motivated and drove me to work hard so I can one day see the world and make a difference.

I saw what Girls Inc. did for me and that makes me want to give back to the girls in my community.

— Maricarmen Gonzalez, Age 16, Soledad, CA