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In this month's newsletter, you'll read all about our 16th annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast!
Girls Inc. Raises Over $120,000 at 16th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast
More than 400 people attended the sold-out Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s 16th annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast on May 2 at the Union League of Philadelphia, raising more than $120,000 for the organization.

Emily Bittenbender , managing partner of Bittenbender Construction, LP; Simi Hoque , Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University; and Monica Malpass , WPVI-TV/Channel 6abc Action News co-anchor, were honored for their many accomplishments and for being extraordinary mentors and role models to the girls and women of Philadelphia and beyond. Girls Inc. also honored Macquarie Investment Management as its Corporate Champion for Girls. Macquarie’s significant contributions include funding innovative and impactful programs and volunteerism, ensuring the success of Girls Inc. and the girls it serves.
One dozen Girls Inc. girls spoke about the Girls Inc. programs and how their lives have been impacted by their participation. Executive Director, Dena Herrin, commented, “The success of this event and support of the community of funders, donors and volunteers makes all of our work possible creating the promising narratives of the girls we heard – future doctors, writers, CFOs, actors and engineers.” With hundreds of Philadelphia’s corporate, nonprofit and government leaders in the room, the organization had an important opportunity to tell the Girls Inc. story. 

To read the full press release, please visit our website here . To see more photos from the breakfast, visit here. F or the 6abc Action News coverage of the breakfast, visit here .
Macquarie Investment Management Announces Girls Inc. as Beneficiary of Charity Golf Classic
While accepting this year's Corporate Champion for Girls Award, Shawn Lytle, deputy global head of Macquarie Investment Management and president of Delaware Funds® by Macquarie announced that Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (GIGPSNJ) will be the beneficiary of the annual Macquarie Investment Management Charity Golf Classic for the second year in a row. Last year, Macquarie Investment Management raised over $100,000 to support GIGPSNJ.

During his speech, Mr. Lytle stated, “At Macquarie, we want to ensure that children in Philadelphia, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status, have access to great programs that expand their minds and encourage participation beyond the classroom. We are proud to support Girls Inc. in its mission to deliver life-changing experiences to the girls of our region that will help develop them into future leaders.”

To read more about the success of last year's Charity Golf Classic, visit our website here .
At this year's breakfast, we celebrated our graduating high school seniors in our Ambassador Club. Ambassador Club is a leadership program designed to prepare the next generation of future leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed. Participants in the program work closely with Girls Inc. staff and mentors to develop valuable skills in public speaking, essay writing, college preparation, etiquette, and building their brand.

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

  • Kamille, East Stroudsburg University
  • Lauren, Towson University
  • Madison, Drexel University
  • Jasmine, Brown University
  • Nadira, LaSalle University
  • Shanice, Penn State University
  • Ameerah, Kutztown University
Girls Inc. Visits Vanguard for Career Exploration Day
This month, our girls visited Vanguard for a fun-filled and informative Career Exploration Day! Girls heard inspiring stories from members of Vanguard's staff including their Chief Investment Officer, Gregory Davis and a round table from their team in London. Girls learned about preparing for college from Philadelphia Futures , personal branding from Campus Philly , and even received a tour of Vanguard's trading floor.

Our Career Exploration Days are designed to introduce our girls to a wide range of career possibilities and professionals in those careers. If your company is interested in hosting a Career Exploration Day for our girls, please visit our website here .
Partnering Together to Serve Girls' Mental Health
This Girls Inc. week, we're focusing on mental wellness for girls and on combating prevalent stigmas surrounding mental heath issues and treatment. Girls today face a broad range of mental, social, and emotional health challenges stemming from the pressure to please and succeed, the effects of media, prejudices and inequality, and violence.

At Girls Inc., we provide girls with a sisterhood of support, long-lasting mentoring relationships, and programs and experiences that help girls foster positive mental health. We also advocate for policies and practices that help girls get the health services they need most. Unfortunately, many girls – particularly those in under-served communities – do not receive the services they need. This harms their educational prospects. Girls with unaddressed mental health problems may withdraw from classes or activities and lose access to critical development opportunities.

Mental health has a huge impact young people and their ability to lead healthy, fulfilling, and meaningful lives. It is also critical to the future health of our nation as a whole. To support our youth, all of us – parents, schools, community leaders, and youth-serving organizations – must work together and advocate on their behalf. The next generation is counting on us.

Read the letter written by the Girls Inc. Action Network here .
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