News and Events

February 23rd, 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Whitney Thomas

As a YWIL program leader and outreach program facilitator, I constantly come in contact with many teenage girls who are trying to identify themselves. Many teens are worried about their education, future college and career goals, prom, SAT/ACT exams, parties, and social media. They also focus on building friendships and even exploring some romantic relationships […]

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February 9th, 2017

Women in Leadership Positions

Whitney Thomas

“You can’t be what you can’t see”—words often repeated here at Girls Inc., such as when we invite female scientists, engineers, and tech employees to speak to our girls and show them examples of women succeeding in STEM careers. Our girls were able to witness some incredible female leaders during summer camp at the annual […]

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February 9th, 2017

Featured Supporter: Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation

Whitney Thomas

Girls Inc. is grateful to the Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation for supporting our Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) program! With their gift, we are helping the next generation of girls become our community’s leaders. Leadership is not a top priority for girls. According to a Girl Scout Research Institute survey (2014), only two […]

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February 7th, 2017

National Inventor’s Day

Whitney Thomas

Every year at Summer Camp, girls develop their own businesses for the Economic Literacy Carnival. They develop a business plan and staff purchases materials for the businesses. Oftentimes they decide on nail painting, bracelet making, or snacks bars. However, one year at summer camp, one girl’s business stood out from the others. Serena* has attended […]

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February 7th, 2017

YWIL Goes to Salesforce

Whitney Thomas

On January 23rd, I had the opportunity to visit Salesforce with the ladies in our Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) program. The YWIL girls had the opportunity to sit in on a leadership panel sponsored by the Women’s Inspiration Network at Salesforce. The women on the panel discussed what work life was like in a […]

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January 27th, 2017

Featured Supporter: Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.

Whitney Thomas

According to the “Having it All: Girls & Financial Literacy” report from Girl Scout Research Institute, only half of girls feel confident making financial decisions, but only twelve percent consider themselves very confident. However, nine in ten girls believe it is important for them to learn how to manage money and eighty-seven percent believe setting […]

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January 26th, 2017

Meet Candice Lofton, Program Support Coordinator

Whitney Thomas

What will be your role at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis? As Program Support Coordinator, I will support our amazing volunteers and staff that facilitate programs within the community. I will also create, develop, and maintain working relationships with our community partners who support the Girls Inc. mission and work with us to bring this […]

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January 26th, 2017

Featured Volunteer: Sarah Boston

Whitney Thomas

Name: Sarah Boston Programs facilitated: Redefining Beauty, Media Smarts   1) How did you learn about Girls Inc.? Each year my firm makes donations to organizations with missions that align with ours. I discovered Girls Inc. through my research and fell in love with the mission to create strong, smart, bold girls. I also appreciate […]

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January 26th, 2017

Leading a Program

Whitney Thomas

After teaching girls how to resolve conflict and value their inner beauty, I’m excited to begin my third program where I will explain the importance of the portrayal of women in the media through the Media Literacy program for 8th graders in the Indianapolis area. As a volunteer, leading programs is really interesting because not […]

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January 17th, 2017

To Be a Mentor

Whitney Thomas

As I am entering my fourth year at Girls Inc. Indy, I thought that I would take the time to reflect on my work here. I facilitate many programs within the city for girls ages 6 – 18 and am also a leader of The Young Women in Leadership Program (YWIL), an extension of the […]

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