2007-08 Recipient - Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Amount Awarded: 
$ 55,000

Community Needs : Education, Youth Engagement K-12

Project Title: 
Teen Mentoring Program

The grant is for its Teen Mentoring Program, a 12-month program focusing on career and future opportunities for teen girls. While Girls Inc. locations around the country offer teen programs, locally Girls Inc. served girls only to age 12 until 2008.

This program expansion to girls 13-18 will help establish critical connections and role models to empower and direct girls at this vulnerable age. In the "Teen/Woman Mentoring" component, an adult female volunteer mentors a teen girl, both one-on-one and as part of a group. Fifty pairs meet twice monthly and also participate quarterly in a high interest field trip.

Other components include "Take our Daughters to Work" and "After School Mentoring." This comprehensive Teen Mentoring Program inspires girls to confront societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

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