Volunteer

Meet Girls Inc. Volunteers!


Ashley LeonardAshley Leonard:

Multi-Program Facilitator

Dedicated . . . passionate . . . AMAZING . . . are just a few words to describe Ashley. Ashley is currently co-facilitating her sixth program, and moving toward her seventh with our upcoming Winter cycle! She has a heart and a passion for girls and the Girls Inc. mission. Her dedication to inspiring them shows up every time she co-leads a class. We are so excited to have Ashley as this month’s “Featured Volunteer.”

Why volunteer with Girls Inc.?

“I remember how important it was for me to have a strong, smart, and bold woman in my life when I was a girl. If I can be that for just one girl, I am making a difference. We all need someone to look up to.”

Why do you think Girls Inc. programs are beneficial to girls?

“It gives girls a chance to see how special being a girl can be. They realize they have many ideas and traits in common. They can stand up for each other rather than putting each other down.”

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with Girls Inc.?

“I have enjoyed seeing the girls learn things about themselves they never realized before. We ask them questions to make them think in a whole other way.”

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CS-Andrea-Headshot-NEW-640x640Andrea Hawman
Multi-Program Facilitator

Why did you choose to volunteer with Girls Inc.?

“I had been searching for a great organization to volunteer for, and I really liked Girls Inc.’s mission and message. Once I met a few people from the organization I knew it would be a great experience. Plus, I was looking forward to working with the younger girls, and hopefully making a difference in some small way.”

Why do you think Girls Inc. programs are beneficial to girls?

“I think the programs are great for providing these girls with role models and a sense of empowerment in their own lives. I think it’s good for these girls to have a safe space like Girls Inc. where they can be reminded how strong, smart, and bold they all are.”

What kind of things have you learned after facilitating a Girls Inc. program?

“I’ve learned that when girls get together and build each other up it can be a powerful thing. And it’s so easy to do, we just don’t always remember to do it in our own lives!”

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Hana BakerHana Baker
Multi-Program Facilitator

Why did you choose to volunteer with Girls Inc.?

“I left home when I was 18 and put myself through school. Many people helped me along the way; I want to give back and help other girls reach their full potential, as was done for me.”

Does any facilitation memory or any one of the girls stand out to you? Explain.

“There was a girl in one of my programs that had a tough time; she was kicked out of school for fighting, and missed our second session. This girl was back for our third session and did an amazing job for the rest of the program; she amazed me with how well she did. The next program I was back at her school and heard that she was having trouble as home and school, I asked if I could come and have lunch with her once a week to be someone she could talk to – two years later we still have lunch together.”

What kind of things have you learned after facilitating a Girls Inc. program?

“I have learned that life isn’t fair; the girls in our programs are amazing! I have a true appreciation for teachers because some days I am exhausted after our one hour session and they do it all day everyday…they truly are amazing!”

Learn more about ways you can volunteer with Girls Inc.!