Girls Inc. of Orange County’s $25,000 grant will support their Girls Meet the Workforce program that will serve approximately 150 girls in 2021. This program provides girls with the resources, knowledge, and guidance to stay on track in high school, go on to higher education, and be ready to take leadership positions in the workforce.

Description of Project/Program that seeking Impact Giving funds for (what makes it compelling, and the specific needs it will address):

Girls Inc. is requesting funding for their Girls Meet the Workforce program that will serve approximately 150 girls in 2021. This program provides girls with the resources, knowledge, and guidance to stay on track in high school, go on to higher education, and be ready to take leadership positions in the workforce.

Description of how the Impact Giving grant funds will be used:

The program contains four main components:

  1. In the winter and spring, participants will receive 50+ hours of workforce readiness training.
  2. In the summer, each girl will receive one-on-one career mentoring from one of Girls, Inc.’s many corporate partners.
  3. In the fall, Grad Lab provides mentors that assist girls with personal statements, college applications, and scholarships. 90% of the girls served will be the first in their families to attend college.
  4. Rising 9th graders will attend the College Bound Summer Bootcamp, introducing them to the steps they will need to take to be college and career ready.

High Impact & Life Transforming

This program ensures that the underserved girls they serve finish high school on-time, are prepared to go on to higher education and/or vocational training, and have the resilience and confidence to overcome the barriers they may face as they work toward their career goals.

Moreover, this program is designed to help girls face the unique challenges of being a female in today’s workforce. The program helps them build healthy and safe relationships, develop their own voice and ability to advocate for themselves (and others), and gain the confidence to enter fields traditionally dominated by men. The mentoring component is especially essential in exposing girls to all types of careers.

Education

This program provides underserved girls with comprehensive and specialized education and mentorship that they would otherwise be unlikely to receive. This includes guidance on course planning to be college ready, finding and applying for scholarships and financial aid, developing a personal statement, learning about the complex admissions process, and learning about a wide variety of careers from successful women. This program was created to ensure that girls get the additional education essential to gaining personal and financial independence.

Sustainability

Girls Inc. has a strong and active board of directors and development team in place to ensure sustainability. The program has diverse support coming from individuals, grant funding, special event funding, and from three independent support groups.

Community Building

This program leverages the community to provide each girl with the comprehensive resources she needs. Community mentors ensure college and career readiness. Corporate partners like Edwards Lifesciences and Blizzard Entertainment provide mentors, funding, and volunteers. Local high schools and universities provide program space, college tours, and training. And many Girls Inc. alumni return to Orange County, providing a supportive community and leadership.

 Innovative

Girls do as well in the classroom as boys, but not in the boardroom. Girls Inc. connects girls with female mentors in positions of prominence in all sectors of the workforce. A girl might learn about the construction business from the founder of Casco Construction or clinical testing from her mentor at Paragon Biomedical. And unlike other programs, Girls Meet the Workforce addresses the unique issues that women face in today’s complex job market.

Measurable

Girls Meet the Workforce produces tangible results.

  1. College Preparation: 85% of participants will demonstrate knowledge of college planning requirements and preparation for post-secondary education.
  2. Financial Literacy: 85% of participants will demonstrate understanding of budgeting and income allocation.
  3. Career Exploration: 85% of participants will demonstrate broad career awareness.
  4. Workforce Readiness: 85% of participants will develop and strengthen professional competencies.

In 2019, 100% of participants of the Grad Lab program were accepted to college.

Organization’s Mission Statement:
Inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold

Link to the website:    https://www.girlsinc-oc.org