Ask a Girls Inc. of Memphis girl to describe her experience of the program and you're likely to get something like, "They helped me to face my fears," or "They pushed me out of my comfort zone."

The Girls Inc. Experience  consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, enable girls to succeed and become strong, smart, and bold.

This month we're celebrating bold girls and women of all sorts. Below you can read about alumna  Kelsey Hicks and her journey to becoming a bold woman supporting students at a university in Pennsylvania. And you can check out an address given by Hillary Rodham Clinton - her first public speech since the election - at the Girls Inc. New York luncheon held on March 7.

And we'll clue you in on the date of our next Celebration Luncheon. And there's more - so start scrolling!
Scholarship deadline - April 1
Scholarship promoted on three local morning shows
For Kelsey Hicks, bold is a way of life
Alum's life and work are informed by Girls Inc. wisdom
Kelsey Hicks left Memphis for college with plans to become a neonatologist. Today, she's Director of the Women's Resource Center at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., a dream position, she says, that she's only been in for two months. Her road has been long and winding  - her ease navigating that road is a testament to where she spent a lot of her time growing up.

"Girls Inc. has made me compassionate and considerate," says 29-year-old Kelsey, "and also daring and empowered - in a sense, fearless."

Put another way - Kelsey Hicks is BOLD!

She was active at the South Park Center from age 5 to 18, where she was exposed to everything from gymnastics to ballet and learned--from studying historical figures and from spending time with center staff--what it means to be a bold woman of color.

"One thing that I always remember about being at Girls Inc. of Memphis - they forced me to face my fears. I didn't want to be in gymnastics - but they always pushed me. I can still hear the women that worked at our center. "You can do it! Don't be scared--just try it.'"

Read more about Kelsey Hicks and her bold life story!  
HRC still working to empower women
Former candidate addresses Girls Inc. National Luncheon

On Tuesday, March 7, Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Champion for Girls Award at the Girls Inc. luncheon in New York.  

 

During her first public speech since the presidential election, Clinton spoke on the importance of advancing equal rights for women.  

   
"In big ways and small, the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women," Clinton said. "There are still too few women in the upper reaches of the private sector, academia, science, technology, not to mention politics and government. Each of us should take it upon ourselves to do all we can to help more girls and young women see themselves at the highest reaches in every field."

 

Clinton said in closing, "Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America, and let's be sure we support them in every way we can. Let's help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up. They are the history makers, the glass-ceiling breakers of tomorrow. They are among the reasons I am so optimistic about our future."

Watch the address below.

 
Farm work takes a special kind of bold
Thanks to scores of volunteers, the Youth Farm is bustling
During the month of March, the Girls Inc. Youth Farm has been positively teeming with activity thanks to our farm crew and scores of volunteers, who have come out, rolled up their sleeves and gotten their hands dirty - all in support of the mission of Girls Inc. of Memphis.

They helped our farm crew with brush removal, building worm compost bins, turning compost, spreading compost in the field, weeding, planting, and general cleanup.

89 volunteers from groups including NIKE, Americorps City Year, Serve901 and neighborhood youth provided more than 380 hours of service.

Thanks to all our partners, supporters and friends in Frayser for lending a hand!

 
 
 
Mark your calendars!
Celebrating strong, smart and bold women and girls - June 14
It's time to save the date for our annual Celebration Luncheon,  set for Wed., June 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane.

It's a time to gather to celebrate strong, smart and bold girls and women across our city and to help us continue to grow in our work and mission.

To reserve your table or purchase tickets, please email esharpe@girlsincmemphis.org or visit girlsincmemphis.org.

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