Emily Hitchcock

What is your role at Girls Inc.?

I am the Outreach Manager.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I love spending time with my husband and our two English Bulldogs. Traveling, trying new food and restaurants, and being outside are some of my favorite things to do!

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

I love seeing women from all over the community give the girls we serve the tools to be successful in their life.

What makes you feel strong, smart, and bold?

I feel strong, smart, and bold because of my willingness to face a challenge, lead others, and push myself to reach new goals.

Trishelle Edwards

What will be your role at Girls Inc.?

I serve as the Development Coordinator at Girls Inc. Indy. I help to manage our annual giving campaigns and raise awareness for Girls Inc. through the planning and implementation of organizational communications through our social media sites, our blog, and our e-newsletter.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have lived all over the U.S.! My twin sister and I were born in Mississippi and moved around a lot when we were younger because my father served in the Navy. Most recently, my husband, daughter, and I moved back to the Midwest after living in Seattle for seven years. I love hiking, eating out for brunch on the weekends, and spending time with my family and friends when I’m not working.

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

As a mother to an almost five-year-old girl, the mission hits close to home for me. I am inspired by the progressive education our programs teach, and the ways it empowers young girls to gain the tools they need to be happy and successful in their lives, no matter what challenges they may face.

What makes you feel strong, smart and bold?

I am strong because I pursue my dreams and goals, smart because I was the first in my family to achieve post-secondary education and an M.A., and bold because I strive to do everything with positivity and persistence, even when obstacles come my way.

Courtney Clark

What will be your role at Girls Inc.?

I’m a Program Support Coordinator here at Girls Inc. I will coordinate our outreach programming on the west side of Indianapolis, and assist with operating summer camp!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have a degree in Finance from the Kelley School of Business. My favorite color is yellow, and I’ve been vegetarian for the past two years.

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

Girls Inc. has had a huge impact on my life personally. Our organization teaches young women real life skills they can use for years in the future. Inspiring young girls and women to recognize how strong, smart, and bold they are at a young age can really impact their confidence in the future.

What makes you feel strong, smart, and bold?

I feel strong, smart, and bold when I help support others in following their dreams and achieving their goals.

Sheila Amegan

What is your role at Girls Inc.?

I am very excited to begin my role at Girls Inc. as the Public Relations Intern! My role includes raising awareness for  Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis through planning & implementing organizational communications and media relations strategies. I do this by assisting with social media, blog posts, the e-news, and more!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in West Africa and am a senior at Ball State University, studying Marketing and Business Administration with a minor in Economics. I am also the president of the African Students Association on campus and am an active member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. My favorite hobby is dancing. I have been performing since I was six years old and started teaching dance since roughly 12 years old!

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

The mission “to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold” appeals to me because it voices that all girls and women have the super-power to overcome any obstacle that arises in our paths to success. No matter our race, age, or other demographic segmentation, we are all equally free and able to achieve our goals.

What makes you feel strong, smart, and bold?

I am strong, smart, and bold because I fall, but get right back up! I understand that in life, you must fail and learn from your mistakes before prospering. For that reason, whenever I lose or fail at something, I try over again, until my goal is reached. I am also strong, smart, and bold by supporting and encouraging other girls and women that they can also be strong, smart, and bold!

Brittany Kurt

What will be your role at Girls Inc.?

I am happy to be serving as the summer Development Intern for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis! I am currently helping with our annual Touchstone Awards Luncheon. In addition, I am tackling projects such as updating our annual report and filling out upcoming grant applications.

Tell us a little about yourself. 

I am pursuing my Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Outside of the classroom, I love reading a good book before bed while drinking a cup of soothing tea. I also love to stay active by hiking and working out with my family and friends!

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

My passion lies in youth development and female empowerment. I love that Girls Inc. combines these elements to provide hands-on programs to girls across the country. I cannot be happier to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing nonprofit!

What makes you feel strong, smart, and bold?

I feel strong, smart, and bold when I am around the women of my family. My family is full of empowered women that have pursued different paths in their education, occupations, and families. I love seeing how different these women are from one another and realizing how we all show our strength in such unique ways.

Madison Yinger

What will be your role at Girls Inc.?

As the Programming Intern, I will be helping out with the economic literacy carnival this summer. Most of my work has been in-office, but I am excited to see what exciting activities the summer camp will bring! I’ve also been doing a little bit of translating for parents who don’t speak English, which has been one of my favorite parts so far. I’ve also been filing papers, attending meetings, organizing, and learning the computer system for entering data. I love being in an environment of independent, clever women.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am 21 years old, born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I began studying medicine at Hofstra University and when I was 19, I went to Mexico to study Oaxaca’s history of natural medicine. When I came back, I felt like a shift had happened during my time away, particularly when I visited Oaxaca’s center for women’s rights. I felt like I’d finally found my passion. I decided to change my major from medicine to Spanish and have been working with immigration reform and public advocacy ever since. I love everything about Girls Inc. and all the work we do to support young girls in developing crucial skills and knowledge that can change the course of their lives and set them up for a successful future.

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

I don’t think there’s anything in the world that I am more passionate about than women’s rights. Growing up, I learned quickly how hard it was to find my own independence or feel like my voice was being heard. In the past century, women have come so far from getting the right to vote, holding a career, getting a divorce, and even wearing pants. Hundreds of thousands of incredible, strong, influential women have paved the path that allows us to live life as we know it. These women are figures we can never forget, and I came to Girls Inc. because I want to be one of them.

What makes you feel strong, smart, and bold?

When I feel strong, smart, and bold is when I am helping others and watching them grow. I have had experience teaching in the past, and there is nothing more rewarding than watching a student or mentee succeed and recognize their full potential. I feel strong when I can speak up and have my voice heard. I feel smart when I can be empathetic- when I can fully understand someone’s situation and perspective, then meet them there. I feel bold seeing others’ accomplishments and recognizing how much I can learn from everyone’s journeys.