Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County receives national grant

Photo courtesy of Girls Inc.Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. As a member of the first grant class, Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County leads the Girls Inc. network in creating and sharing innovative practices that can be replicated throughout the country, having a cascading impact on thousands more girls across Indiana and around the country.

SHELBYVILLE — Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County will be partnering in Decatur County following an announcement of a three-year grant award of $200,000 to expand strategically to serve more girls.

A requirement of the award is for Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County to leverage local support to ensure they have the necessary resources to sustain and grow even more following the grant period. “Beginning this spring, we will partner with the Decatur County Family YMCA, Greensburg Community Schools, and Decatur County Community Schools to bring the Girls Inc. Experience to many more girls,” said Amy Dillon, president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County. “Over the next two years, we plan to expand into our neighboring community to the southeast, Decatur County. There will be many opportunities to invest in us and, most importantly, the girls of this fine community.”

Decatur County Family YMCA CEO Diane Hart-Dawson said that the partnership with Girls Inc. provides an evidence-based curriculum that can assist with literacy and character building. With the partnership, Hart-Dawson is looking forward to the future.

“We’re very excited,” she said. “It’s a great partnership and we hope it can grow even more.”

“Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County has a strong track record of making a measurable difference in the lives of girls,” said Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO of Girls Inc. “As a well-run, sound organization, they are poised for expansion and growth, preparing more girls for responsible and confident adulthood, economic independence and personal fulfillment. We are thrilled at the national level to recognize their impact and invest in their future success.”

In addition to the gender and social barriers faced by all girls, many girls are burdened with the realities of childhood poverty. Children who grow up poor are more likely to struggle with cognitive and developmental issues, perform poorly in school, and experience violent victimization. With these investments, Girls Inc. is positioned to have the most significant and life-changing impact on girls with few opportunities.

As a member of the first grant class, Girls Inc. of Shelbyville and Shelby County leads the Girls Inc. network in creating and sharing innovative practices that can be replicated throughout the country, having a cascading impact on thousands more girls across Indiana and around the country.

A total of 17 grants were awarded to Girls Inc. affiliates in the United States and Canada, during the first round of funding totaling $3,525,000.

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation chose the Girls Inc. network for a $10 million investment, as a part of their visionary plan to invest in organizations capable of making a transformational difference in the lives of youth. The Girls Inc. national board led a campaign to match the Foundation’s investment and will award $14.5 million in growth grants over the next 3 years.

About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls. Join us at www.girlsinc.org.

— Daily News

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