For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Girls Inc. I've chosen this Organization because they are the reason why I have so many aspirations that I have today.
Ok, so I might not find someone who can afford to buy me a SXSW Badge but I bet I have a few friends that can spare a few dollars to support one of my favorite organization’s, Girls Inc. My mom put me in the Cobb County Girls In. after school program when I was in 2nd grade. This simple action changed my life!
While attending Girls Inc.’s program I:
* Took my first dance class (learned about my body and music)
* Took baton classes (I need to get one again, its such a fun activity. I strengthened my eye/hand coordination)
* Auditioned for my first fashion show (increased my love for fashion and built my confidence)
* Flew my first plane (in the Young Eagles program partnership. This helped me surpass my fear of being in a small plane and gave me the exhilaration of flight. I can’t wait to get lessons one day)
* Played basketball in a rec league (I learned about teamwork, hard work and discipline)
* Played my first played my first computer game (Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. Who would have thought I would become a software designer!)
* Interacted with tens of girls from all over Cobb County! (I learned how to communicate and interact with a diverse group of people. This has greatly served me.)
So, why should YOU donate?
Since 1864, Girls Inc. has adapted to meet the specific challenges facing young women. They strive to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Their pro-girl environment and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. They also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and RIGHTS FOR ALL GIRLS.
You might be wondering… how will they use my money?
Girls Inc. maximizes their resources to benefit the girls they serve. 88% of their expenses go directly to programming.
You can find them listed on the Consumer Reports site as one of the highest rated charities for youth development: https://www.consumerreports.org/charities/best-charities-for-your-donations/
So please consider making a small donation: $5, $10, $20 or even $50 dollars towards the empowerment of young women around the nation in honor of my birthday.