Every mom I know with a little girl wants every ounce of them to exude STRENGTH, INTELLIGENCE and INDEPENDENCE!
Yes, we want our girls to be STRONG, SMART and BOLD, especially in the face of mounting peer pressure to be rail thin, the pressure from peers to scale back from being a smarty pants instead of acknowledging that being a nerd is the new normal and the ongoing tensions at school.
So when there are ways to help parents combat the outside strains that weigh heavily on our daughters, I am the first to jump up and spread out the message especially since I am the mother of FOUR girls and three of them are aged 10 and under. And just recently I learned about a 35-year-old organization called Girls Inc Atlanta, which embodies everything a girl-centered organization should to shape our daughters into STRONG, SMART and BOLD girls who can beat the odds that stand strong against them!
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 125,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually across the United States and Canada.
But here’s the thing parents. Pull up a seat, I really need you to HEAR me on this: I learned that if your child goes to a school in Metro Atlanta, you can actually go to your school principal and ASK that they allow Girls Inc to come to the school once a week and implement their program! It is of NO COST to the PARENT! BAM! However the school may incur a cost or the program could be covered by a grant depending on which program they choose. I already called my kids school, took literature to the principal and got a YES! I am waiting to speak to the school counselor who is out sick. But it only took ONE PERSISTENT PARENT (ME) to make a difference!
Bring Girls INC to your Kids school!
Anyway I was so blown away by this program and visited the Atlanta headquarters a few days ago along with Tastemaker Magazine publisher Tiffini Gatlin. Girls Inc Atlanta and Tastemaker Magazine will partner on some upcoming events in 2013. More info to come.
Right now, Girls Inc is running a photo contest that exudes a STRONG girl! Send a picture of a girl showing what makes her STRONG. Maybe it’ll be a pic of your daughter flexing her muscles, or showing strength by hanging upside down on some monkey bars! Maybe it’ll show her running outside on her school’s track field! Whatever it is, send the picture to Girls Inc on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/girlsincatl. The competition starts November 15th.
In 2013, there will be two more contests where girls can send in pics of them being SMART and BOLD.
So please check out Girls Inc. It will definitely benefit your daughter, but more importantly I know you are a BOLD parent like me, so contact Girls Inc Atlanta and get a folder full of info so you can take to YOUR kids school and advocate to bring the program to the school! Take action!