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Girls Inc.

Girls Inc.

October 17, 2007

Girls Inc. of Washington County has been welcoming girls into the strongest and most vocal organization for women for almost 60 years. At Girls Inc. we raise the bar for girls and dare them to soar in nontraditional areas such as science, technology and athletics. We place no assumptions or limitations on girls or their abilities, allowing them to discover their own strengths, talents and dreams.

Girls are encouraged to risk failure and to learn from their mistakes. We celebrate the similarities and differences among girls and embrace girls of every background and ability. Girls Inc. motivates girls to speak up for themselves in peer groups, in school, at home and in the community. We offer a safe and welcoming place in which girls are listened to by their peers and their mentors. We encourage girls to find their voices and build their communication skills

Girls Inc. is growing to ensure as many girls as possible have access to our powerful programming. We're known for the quality and depth of our programming, and we will continue to invest in new research to be sure our programs and advocacy efforts reflect the ever-changing needs of the young women we serve. We encourage girls to appreciate their individuality and their identity through journal-writing, public speaking, cultural celebrations, women's history lessons and leadership training.

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Girls who play sports enjoy positive physical, psychological and social benefits such as stronger bodies, improved immune systems and less stress and depression. We aim to make sports an integral part of girls' lives. At Girls Inc., girls grow into their powerful bodies and nurture their adventurous spirits.

The messages that society communicates to girls about their bodies are, at best, deeply disheartening. From the media, girls get the impression that body dissatisfaction is normal, dieting is essential, and being sexually attractive is primary. Our organization works to change limiting, dangerous cultural messages such as thinness as a measure of worth; smoking and alcohol as integral to glamorous lifestyles; and violence, or sexual relationships without responsibility, as acceptable behavior. Girls Inc. offers comprehensive health and sexuality programming, research and advocacy that counters these distorted messages.

Through our Self-Reliance and Life Skills programs, girls acquire a range of skills that enable them to elude or navigate dangerous situations. Girls learn how to recognize and avoid threatening situations, resolve conflicts, treat everyone with respect and sensitivity and defend themselves in the face of violence. With newfound confidence, Girls Inc. girls talk smarter and stand taller as they stride down their chosen path.

Every girl growing up today must plan to achieve economic self-sufficiency. As the nation's leading advocate for girls, Girls Inc. recognizes that economic literacy is an essential part of giving girls the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to achieve financial independence and take charge of their lives. Girls Inc. provides girls with real-world knowledge about money, wealth, power, and independence. We introduce young girls to basic financial concepts, including money management and investing.

Guided by our vision of empowered girls and an equitable society, Girls Inc. of Washington County is committed to reaching many more girls through its programs and public education efforts for years to come.

For further information contact:

Girls Inc of Washington County
626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740
or call 301-733-5430.
Contact us online at www.girlsinc.org

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