Inspiring all girls
to be strong, smart, and bold
DECEMBER 2020
WITH YOU IN HER CORNER...SHE WILL SUCCEED
"I believe deeply in Girls Inc.’s vision of empowered girls in an equitable society and have been energized by the ‘why’ of our work…I am impressed every day by the girls and teens we serve and am grateful to the deeply dedicated Girls Inc. staff."
WISHING A FOND FAREWELL TO BARBARA BEN-HORIN
As 2020 comes to a close, please join us in gratitude for Barbara's five years of service to Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.

Earlier this month, she announced her departure from the organization and CEO position, effective at year-end. Thank you Barbara for your passion and dedication to girls in our community!

The board of directors will launch a leadership search in 2021.

STRONG, SMART, AND BOLD IN ACTION
STRONG: MAKING MOVEMENT A PRIORITY
Keeping youth active and moving during the pandemic has been a challenge for many families and could have long-term implications on youth health. Check out our gymnastics class options for girls and boys and commit to making movement a part of your new year. Our Winter-Spring 2021 class schedule is now available.

FUEL HER FIRE BLOG:
WHAT ARE YOUR WISHES FOR GIRLS' FUTURES?
As we prepare to welcome in 2021 (hooray!), Girls Inc. National President and CEO Stephanie J. Hull shares her wish list for girls living their brightest futures in the coming year and beyond.

What is on your wish list for girls?

BOLD: EXPRESS YOURSELF JANUARY VIRTUAL CLASSES ENROLLING NOW
Express Yourself - our new virtual program series - explores female artists of different generations from around the world, from Frida Kahlo to Karla Camacho. The next class series begins on January 5th and is led on Zoom by Rosalinda Ruiz, Girls Inc.'s Remote and Virtual Program Coordinator and in-house artist. Ages 6-14.

GET INVOLVED
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO END THE YEAR STRONG AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO 2021
As a friend of Girls Inc. you know that we invest in the girls. Be it in-person or virtual, we meet them where they are.
Please help us meet the challenge of safely supporting the girls and teens in our community; they need our educational, social, and emotional support as well as our strong, smart, and bold programming.

Your generous gift before year-end is needed, and greatly appreciated.

Did you know? You can also make an IRA Charitable Rollover for 2020. Learn More
ADVOCACY
Trauma and toxic stress are complicated and look different in everyone. Sometimes we might not even realize what we’re seeing in a young person is related to trauma.
HOW TO HELP YOUTH RESPOND TO TRAUMA AND TOXIC STRESS
As experts in positive youth development, we want to help you develop an understanding of trauma and toxic stress.

As a caring adult, you can also help support young people impacted by trauma or toxic stress.

You can build skills to support the young people in your lives who may be experiencing stressors brought on by COVID-19, the burdens of racism, or any other ongoing difficulty or adversity.

Additional resources for positive whole-girl development are available on our website.