Girls Inc. is excited to partner again with Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold! JLI has been a strong supporter of our work to empower girls for many years, providing both volunteer hours and financial contributions. We look forward to utilizing their $5,000 Community Assistance Grant to help girls in Greater Indianapolis develop into healthy, educated, and independent women who become our future community leaders, like the members of JLI.
Young women in Indianapolis also face social barriers to success. “The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013”, a report from St. Mary’s College, highlights some additional issues:
- 28.2 percent of Indiana female high school students report being bullied on school property, as opposed to 22 percent nationally;
- 20.4 percent of Indiana’s female eighth grade students having considered suicide and 11.5% having attempted suicide at least once;
- Indiana girls are more likely than the national average to take diet pills, vomit, or take laxatives to lose weight; and
- 14.5 percent Indiana female high school students report being raped, as opposed to 11.8 percent nationally.
These challenges prevent girls from fully focusing on education, and can inhibit their academic abilities and undermine the overall learning environment in the classroom. JLI’s support allows us to address these issues, to help ensure girls have a safe environment to learn and grow.
The JLI is an educational and charitable organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their vision is to be a catalyst for lasting change in the lives of children and families in our community. You can learn more their positive impact in the Indianapolis community by visiting jlindy.org.