During the past two months, I’ve bounced around to various community groups in greater Indianapolis as part of our speakers bureau program. I’ve been welcomed by Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis groups, a Lions Club, and a parent/faculty organization to introduce Girls Inc. and share about our mission and programs. And the best part is that we’ve recruited those most passionate about our organization, girl participants and board members, to share their Girls Inc. stories and experiences with these groups. (Of course, I’m on my toes for the subsequent Q & A session!)
It’s an amazing feeling to hear others speak about their commitment to a mission I am also greatly invested in. Each time our board members and girl participants share their unique Girls Inc. experience, I get reenergized by their enthusiasm. Hearing Molly (below), a board member, talk about her volunteer days at our former Fountain Square club and her continued dedication to educating youth, inspires me. Hearing Jade (above), a summer camp junior counselor this year, share her excitement about service opportunities and helping others through Girls Inc., inspires me.
Hearing from these various community groups inspires me as well. Visiting groups throughout Indianapolis affirmed for me that we have a broader community that cares about girl bullying and aggression, that also seeks to reduce adolescent pregnancy, and that wants girls to be confident and prepared for their futures. It’s easy to get caught up in the ways I can help Girls Inc. or I can reach more girls, though the reality is that the ability to inspire ALL girls to be strong, smart, and bold is in the hands of our community. Through this program, I have observed that the people of Indianapolis are committed to our youth.