Welcome to Girls Inc. of the Central Coast!
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated, a national organization that has been providing programs for girls since 1864.
Girls Inc. delivers a constellation of programs focused on leadership and self-empowerment for girls ages 8 to 18. Youth Leaders facilitate these programs at 28 school sites around (Monterey County and San Benito County)
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Girls Inc. Youth Speaking with State Legislators in Sacramento
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast will be taking local high school students to the California State Capitol in Sacramento to speak with their legislators in February and March. They will voice their concerns on policy issues in their communities, explain their views on bills our lawmakers are considering, and learn about policy-making.
There will be 3 separate trips to take young women from 7 school sites throughout the county where Girls Inc. currently offers the ECHO Leadership Program. The Seaside and North Monterey County groups will visit on Wednesday, February 25th; Salinas and San Benito will visit on Tuesday, March 3rd; and King City, Greenfield and Soledad groups will visit on Wednesday, March 4th.
Currently, women represent only 18.7% of the U.S. Congress, and about 31% of these are women of color. At the state level, 26.7% of California legislators are women. California has sent more women to Congress than any other state - a total of 37 to date, but there is still a lot to do to encourage girls to pursue a career in public office and to ensure that they receive the tools and opportunities to do so.
For this reason, Girls Inc. has offered this fieldtrip since 2000. Past participants have explained their excitement after the visit through the following comments:
"Going to the Capitol taught me that I can do anything and that I can make a difference in our community."
"Speaking to our legislators really showed me that they care about our concerns. I learned to speak up and voice my opinions. We can make a difference."
In addition to a tour of the California State Capitol, the girls will visit UC Davis and meet with current students, some of whom are Girls Inc. alumnae.
Click here to view official Press Release
Recruiting Mentors for the ECHO Leadership Mentoring Program
ECHO is a leadership/mentoring program for tenth and eleventh grade girls. The program encourages these girls to pursue post-secondary education and plan for future careers. The sessions are designed to inspire them to value themselves, to develop an action plan to achieve their goals and dreams, and to begin perceiving themselves as leaders.
Girls Inc. is looking for Volunteer Women Mentors to work with high school girls in the ECHO Leadership Program!
For more information or for an application please contact Elizabeth Contreras at the Girls Inc. office at (831) 772-0882
Click here to view recruiting mentor flyer.
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