“The motto of Girls Inc. is girls being strong, smart and bold. I didn’t consider myself to have any of these traits. If I’m being honest, it took me a while to even realize the true value of myself. Being in Bold Future Leaders helped me find myself as a person. Participating in the group activities gave me the courage to engage more in school; both socially and academically. Joining Bold Future Leaders has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has been a great experience for me and continues to change my life everyday.”
– Uchechi, Bold Future Leaders program, Valedictorian Class of 2023
“Girls Inc. has been the launchpad for many great achievements in my life. Last October, I was a moderator at the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations. I owe this opportunity to Girls Inc. Six months ago, I presented my research on climate change at an intergenerational climate forum at the Commission on the Status of Women. I became interested in this research, because of my time learning about sustainable energy and solar power during Energy Week with Girls Inc.”
“I joined Girls Inc. which inspired me to be the truest form of myself and be unapologetic about it. One of our closing activities was mirror affirmations which forced us to look at ourselves in the mirror and compliment ourselves. Saying affirmations to yourself helps ingrain the concept into your mind to the point where you start believing it. Girls Inc. inspires me every day to keep loving myself and be confident in my own skin.”
“What stuck with me the most was being taught by intelligent women. Being exposed to a female work environment at a young age helped to give me the confidence I need as a young woman in the world we live in to be able to put myself out there and not second guess myself. Working in the female summer program environments inspired me to explore different fields of sciences as well as other typically male dominated careers while trying to figure out what career best suits me and what I might want to pursue. It gave me courage that I don’t think I would have had if I wasn’t blessed with the opportunity to be encouraged and taught by empowering women.”
Girls Inc. equips girls with the tools they need to be the new generation of leaders. We believe all girls are strong, smart and bold. In partnership with schools and community organizations, we provide research-based programming that allows girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, so they can grow up healthy, educated, and independent. As a girl-led organization, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls. Through our holistic approach, we aim to create generational change and a more equitable Long Island.