News and Events

August 25th, 2016

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Whitney Thomas

Today we commemorate the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—women’s right to vote. On Women’s Equality Day, I celebrate my right to vote and have my voice be heard! I always grew up with this right. It wasn’t until my first high school history class that I learned the long herstory behind women’s fight for equal […]

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August 17th, 2016

Girls Inc. Summer- A Time to Thrive

Whitney Thomas

As school has begun all over Indianapolis, and we shift our program focus toward our school partners, we also reflect back on another successful summer camp. We want girls to remember their time at summer camp, and have the opportunity to continue exercising The Girls’ Bill of Rights like they did at camp. 1. Girls have […]

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August 9th, 2016

Goodbye Indy, Goodbye Internship

Carmen Vernon

When I began my internship at Girls Inc., I’d open my email to jackpot after jackpot. “Cupcakes from a volunteer.” “It’s national donut day!” “Leftover cookies from last night’s event.” I ate it all: the cupcakes, the donuts, the cookies—even the occasional banana at staff meetings. But, this internship gave me so much more than […]

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August 4th, 2016

Roadblocks to Rio

Carmen Vernon

Before women were allowed to compete in the Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, asserted that “an Olympiad with females would be impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and improper.” If you’re a supporter of Girls Inc., you know that Coubertin’s claim is absurd. Take our Women’s National Soccer Team as an example. Since […]

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July 26th, 2016

Family Fun Month

Carmen Vernon

Our chatter whirls around the dinner table, out the door, and down the steps to the kiddie pool. Thirteen people scrunch around the dinner table—passing salt, bumping elbows. About four different conversations babble on, making each conversationalist roar above the next. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with how large my immediate family has grown as siblings […]

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July 18th, 2016

Advice to My Younger Self

Carmen Vernon

As summer comes to an end, and the school year approaches, some girls will be stepping into their first classroom. Others will be entering some of their final moments of high school. Wherever girls land on the K-12 spectrum, every school day is an opportunity for self-development, and none of them should be wasted. Here […]

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July 11th, 2016

Operation SMART

Carmen Vernon

Did you know volcanoes are a natural pollutant? I didn’t. Algae, animal waste, storms, and floods are natural causes of water pollution as well. But, what about human causes? The past two months girls all across Indianapolis have explored this question through our Summer Outreach programming. Summer Outreach is one of the only times Girls […]

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June 27th, 2016

Intern Update: Halfway Point

Carmen Vernon

Girls Inc. has a special place in my heart. It’s the first place I volunteered long-term. It’s also the first place I started an office internship. As I navigate college as a liberal arts major, my professional life seems distant and far removed, but Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has helped me contextualize my future. […]

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June 20th, 2016

#StateOfWomen and Girls

Carmen Vernon

“Until the birth of a daughter is celebrated as much as a son, we are not done!” (Jaha Dukureh). Hearing these words, I stopped typing. As my eyes welled up with tears, cheers reverberated in my headphones and throughout the room at the United State of Women Summit on June 14th. Tuesday mornings, I sit […]

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June 16th, 2016

First Summer Safety, Then Summer Fun

Carmen Vernon

Sunburn. Dehydration. Overheating. Drowning. So many things can go wrong in the summer months. Learn how to beat the heat and stay safe on the water this season with some tips  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.         Going to the pool, beach, or lake? Drownings are the leading cause  […]

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