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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August 1st, 2016

Featured Volunteer: Valerie Tachtiris

Hazel Owens

Programs facilitated: Media Lit, Work it Out, & Redefining Beauty Valerie joined Girls Inc. in 2014 and has impacted girls ages 6-14 by leading our girl-focused programs. As we are getting ready to start the 2016/2016 school year, volunteers like Valerie can be counted on to help us spread our mission to girls across the […]

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July 28th, 2016

Four Indy Women Lead

Carmen Vernon

To a crowd of nearly 600 people, the first of four 2016 Touchstone Honorees emphasized the importance of perseverance: “To obtain one’s goal is not always easy. There are landmines along the way. It takes grit, passion, and an I-can-do-anything drive” (Jane Fortune). The 2016 Touchstone Awards luncheon was held on July 7 at the […]

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July 28th, 2016

Summer Camp Left Our Girls Feeling Inspired

Carmen Vernon

The first week of July marked the end of another successful year of summer camp. Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis understands the importance of keeping girls engaged when school is out of session. That’s why we provide strong, smart, and bold programming all year round. In fact, this year we were able to engage 81 […]

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July 28th, 2016

Girls Inc. Loves Ice Cream

Carmen Vernon

One scoop. Two scoop. Red scoop. Blue scoop. With all the toppings at the American Dairy Association’s 27th Annual Ice Cream Social, no wonder we sold over 2,400 sundaes on Monument Circle! On July 8, 2016, the American Dairy Association (ADA) celebrated National Ice Cream month by pitching tents and scooping Edy’s Slow Churned Light […]

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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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