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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

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

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast usually inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold in person, but due to Covid-19 the program is now being offered online. Their Big Idea is a virtual leadership mentoring program for high school girls to encourage the pursuit of higher education, plan for careers, and develop an action plan to achieve their goals. The virtual setting will allow girls throughout Monterey County to participate in the program, eliminating potential transportation challenges. Participants will meet twice a month for 12 interactive virtual sessions with strong woman role models. They’ll present on topics including: planning for a college education; careers and entering the workplace; health and nutrition; how families and culture shape our attitude; public speaking; the importance of voting; and budgeting and personal finance.

Girls Inc. was a program I didn’t know I needed in my life. I loved how Girls Inc. taught me to step outside of my comfort zone. I was able to hone my public speaking skills by coming up with and delivering my own speech on the in front of the girls. It was encouraging to know that none of them were judging me. The program helped prepare us for interviews by teaching us about the power pose, what to wear, and what to say. We also talked about college, health, healthy and unhealthy relationships, careers, and how we can use our voices to affect change. I am grateful for the support I have received, it has truly helped shape me into a Strong, Smart, and bold girl.

- Alexis Campos

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.