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The Wahine Project


Eliminate the barriers that prevent a diversity of girls from a relationship with the ocean and with one another.

The Big Idea

The Wahine Project aims to eliminate the barriers that prevent a diversity of girls from developing a relationship with the ocean, and with one another. Girls ages 9-14 attend the county-wide Youth Ocean Leadership Program, with a focus on ocean safety and recreation or beach recreation. At these camps, participants receive leadership, conservation and sport training from women-led coach and instructor teams. The leadership and sport training will continue one day per week during the school year in the same format of beach days. Together, the girls work on a conservation project that they bring back to each one of their communities and present to local politicians, service groups and schools in an effort to educate and implement their project.

Two years ago I was part of your program at Alisal High School. Last week, I graduated. Being a part of the Wahine Project gave me opportunities that I never believed possible. Who would have thought that a young, brown girl from East Salinas would be given the chance to surf? Definitely not me. As a child, I always thought that surfing was a sport only white people in movies would participate in—it wasn’t something I ever saw people of color doing, it wasn’t a reality for me. Now, my thoughts have changed completely. My devotion to community work and mentorship has grown exponentially. I feel it my duty to help girls like me have better opportunities in order to reach their full potential. I one day hope to return to my community and follow in your footsteps, I would be honored to work alongside organizations that helped me when I was growing up. You have changed my life!

- Daisy Garcia

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

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