“I am a walking advocate of self-empowerment and self-determination,” Girls Inc. alumna Jordan Finch told the crowd at the Girls Inc. Annual Meeting this fall. “I use my strengths to improve my weaknesses and encourage others to do the same.”

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Jordan was one of several speakers at our Annual Meeting, a gathering to celebrate our successes and the people and partnerships that make them possible. President and CEO Patricia Wachtel told the group, “Sixteen women could not possibly do what we have accomplished together with our volunteer and community partners.”

Among the accomplishments Pat shared were the record 4,737 girls we reached through programs last year, the more than 100 outreach partners where programming is delivered, and the almost 400 volunteers who facilitated programs.

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One of those volunteers, Carletta Pettiford-Clark, shared her passion for girls and volunteering as a speaker. “What if you never heard anyone say something positive to you and all you wanted was for them to pay attention?” she asked the room. “We do that.”

School psychologist Barb Pipher spoke on the impact that she’s seen Girls Inc. programs have on girls at her school. “It’s been so apparent how much our girls need to be having these discussions about media literacy and beauty,” she said.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this year such a success!