Issue 20 September 2011 
In This Issue
In Her Words...
BOV Challenge
Supporter Spotlight

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Stella Pope Duarte (second from right) poses with GLAA students after the ceremony.


Congratulations to
Stella Pope Duarte,
our Girls Leadership
Academy of Arizona Creative
Writing instructor
on being
the first recipient of the
2011 Victoria Foundation
Professor Albert Rios
Outstanding Literary/Arts Award
in Higher Education. What a
privilege for our students
to learn about the power
of storytelling from such
a celebrated author!


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In Her Words...Stacey's Story*   

I never had a plan in place for my life. I always said that I was going to drop out of school by the time I turned 16. I was raised in a family of five: there was me, my sister, brother and two parents. Before, we were all spoiled little kids.

Then my dad introduced me to drugs on my 11th birthday when he shot heroin in my arm. By the time I reached 12, I was addicted not only to heroin, but also ecstasy and marijuana. I even drank alcohol during that time. Child Protective Services came into my life at 12 or 13 years because my dad overdosed my brother.

My dad left for a while and then came back, asking us to do drugs with him. If we didn't agree to it, he would hit us. CPS returned to our family, removing my siblings and me because we did not want to be in that situation anymore.

They sent me to Florence Crittenton, where I have come a long way in five months! When I first arrived here, I cursed at the staff and yelled. Then one day, I decided to make a positive change. I have learned so much since coming to the Therapeutic Group Home and have become a whole new, stronger person.

I have an awesome staff and an amazing therapist to help me get this far. Now I have a plan in place for my life, thanks to Florence Crittenton!

*Name has been changed: not actual image. 




Board of Visitors Challenge Update   
We're edging closer to the fourth quarter, which means we have only a few months left to earn the $1,000,000 matching grant from The Board of Visitors.

We need your help! Not only will you contribute to providing a permanent source of income for our Therapeutic Group Home,
but also you will double your donation.

The deadline to raise $100,000 is December 31, 2011. Whether it's $25, $50 or $100, every little bit helps us get that much closer to achieving our goal! Make your contribution today by clicking on the red "Donate Now" button. Be sure to mention in the additional comments section that your gift is for the Health and Wellness Endowment. Thank you for your support!




Supporter Spotlight - Intel Corp.     

Thank you to Intel Corporation's Southwest Division for making Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona the beneficiary of their annual Variety Show, held on September 17. The Variety Show featured some of Intel's creative and entertaining employees. After the show, Intel generously donated $30,664 to Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona, which will be used for concurrent enrollment. We are grateful to have the support of amazing friends such as Intel!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Benefit Florence Crittenton    

Enjoy the seasonal sounds of one of rock's biggest arena attractions, Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Arena and help Florence Crittenton at the same time! As one of the top-selling acts in the world TSO has cemented itself as an annual tradition not to be missed. Thanks to Clear Channel Radio, a portion of the proceeds from the December 30, 3 p.m. performance will benefit Florence Crittenton. Tickets go on sale beginning September 26. Click here to get your tickets and support girls and young women right in your community!