The Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis featured volunteer for this month is Susan Gee Oliver. Susan has facilitated multiple programs during her time with Girls Inc. including Media Literacy, Economic Literacy, Redefining Beauty, and Work it Out.
How did you learn about Girls Inc.?
I learned about Girls Inc. when I was the Program Manager for the Exacttarget Foundation.
Why did you choose to volunteer with Girls Inc.?
I was looking for an opportunity that was more substantial than just a one-time volunteer activity. Additionally the mission resonated with me and I appreciated the organization of the volunteer opportunities.
What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with Girls Inc.?
I love working with the girls. They help me have a fresh perspective and keep me current with pop culture!
Does any facilitation memory or any one of the girls stand out to you?
I had one particular girl who started crying when we asked her what made her beautiful. She explained she wasn’t beautiful and in fact she was ugly. As facilitators, we didn’t have to say anything because all the girls in the class reacted so quickly. Each had something positive to say to her, they hugged her and told her she was beautiful.
Why do you think Girls Inc. programs are beneficial to girls?
Girls need from an early age to know that it’s OK to speak out, be smart and not worry about what others think of them. It’s imperative to make sure women become leaders as they grow up.
What kind of things have you learned after facilitating a Girls Inc. program?
That slime is a thing and YouTube is more popular than any other form of media!
Tell a tip for volunteer program facilitators about volunteering or working as a team.
Follow the curriculum but be flexible. Once you step away from reading the binder you and the girls get more out of the program.
Tell a tip for Girls Inc. Girls.
Always be up for trying new activities- even if you don’t think you will be good at it. It’s OK to fail. It makes life more interesting!
We want to thank Susan for her involvement and commitment to inspiring Indianapolis girls to be strong, smart, and bold. You too can be a Girls Inc. volunteer and help make an impact on girls in the community, visit our website to learn how.