In this month's newsletter, you will read about our partnership with the Joseph and Marion Wesley Family Foundation, the Women's March, the Girls Inc. Advocacy Forum, and one of our Strong, Smart, and Bold honorees!
Get to know our 2019 Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast Honorees
During the next few weeks, we'll be sharing the biographies of our inspiring honorees
Today we bring you:
Kelley B. Hodge, Esq.
Hon. Kelley B. Hodge is Of Counsel at the law firm of Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Ms. Hodge rejoined Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. after serving as the 25th District Attorney of Philadelphia, one of the largest prosecutor offices in the country. In 2017, Ms. Hodge was elected to serve as the District Attorney by the Board of Judges for the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District. Upon her election, Ms. Hodge became the first African American woman to lead the District Attorney’s office in its 167-year history and the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney’s Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before becoming District Attorney, Ms. Hodge was the first independent Title IX coordinator at the University of Virginia, where she helped develop and implement sex and gender harassment policies across the University’s eleven campuses. Read more here .

Girls Inc. will also honor Sandy Pfeffer , Managing Director at Deloitte and Judy Vredenburgh , President & CEO of the Girls Inc. National Organization at the breakfast for their many inspirational achievements. We will also honor Chubb as our Corporate Champion for Girls for its significant contributions ensuring the success of Girls Inc. and the girls we serve by funding innovative and impactful programs.
The 17th Annual
Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Union League of Philadelphia
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Awarded $100,000 from Wesley Family Foundation
We are thrilled to announce that we were gifted a transformational donation from the Joseph and Marion Wesley Family Foundation. This contribution of $100,000 will enable us to expand our Early Grade Literacy program. Reading at grade level by the third grade is a critical benchmark in a child’s development. During kindergarten through third grade, students are taught how to read. When they enter fourth grade, schools assume that students can read at grade level and use their literacy skills to learn about other content areas, meaning that they are reading to learn. Sadly, only 40% of Philadelphia's fourth grade students are reading proficiently. The Girls Inc. Literacy Initiative supports hundreds of girls in kindergarten through third grade with individual and small group reading support that is both fun and inspirational. Girls learn to use reading as a tool to discover new and exciting worlds and to learn new information about topics that interest them. We also work with parents and guardians to help them develop the tools to support their children's literacy through community building family engagement events. The Wesley’s gift will help us expand to more schools and will enable us to launch a literacy summer program to help prevent summer slide. 
 
The Joseph and Marion Wesley Foundation was founded in 2007 with its core mission to look for innovative ways for children to overcome educational challenges that might otherwise hinder that child’s future success.
 
Thank you to the Joseph and Marion Wesley Family Foundation!
Our Advocacy Efforts
Last month, girls from our Rising STARS and Ambassador Club leadership programs participated in the Women's March here in Philadelphia. We also hosted our first ever Girls Inc. Advocacy Forum. At the forum, our staff, interns, girls, and parents all came together to discuss the proposed Title IX regulations and participate in a letter writing campaign. We look forward to expanding our advocacy efforts this year with even more events like these.
To read more about the Girls Inc. National advocacy platform, please visit the website here . To learn more about the Girls Inc. Girls Too: Respect Starts Young campaign and to sign the pledge, please visit their website here .
The Application is Now Open for Eureka!
The application for our Eureka! program is now open! Eureka! is an FREE , five-year STEM based program for rising 8th grade girls that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Utilizing a whole girl approach, the program also incorporates sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. Eureka! broadens girls’ future academic and career interests, encourages enrollment in advanced math and science courses, promotes positive risk-taking, and assists girls in developing networks of peers and mentors to support their future endeavors.

Apply on our website here .
Girls Inc. Teams Up with CBS for a Special Super Bowl PSA
CBS and Girls Inc. have joined together to create a CBS Cares public service announcement that aired during the CBS Television Network’s Super Bowl LIII coverage on Sunday, February 3. Featuring the voice-over of CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King and New York Giants players, the PSA shows girls that when they are confident and work together, they can succeed at the highest levels. Check out the PSA here .
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
The #GirlsToo campaign is committed to creating a world where young people are safe, respected, and valued. This includes preventing teen dating violence, which is unfortunately experienced by 16% of girls in high school. This February we will be raising awareness about these issues as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which is dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence among teens and educating both young people and adults about healthy relationships.
Sadly, most dating abuse is experienced for the first time by people under age 24, in some cases even as young as 11 years old. The lasting effects of dating violence include a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. 

This month we encourage you to take the #GirlsToo pledge and then share it with your friends and family - raising awareness is the first step to ending sexual harassment and violence and promoting healthy relationships.

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