Cause of the Month: August

This month, The Radical Idea has selected Girls Incorporated to be our Cause of the Month for so many reasons.  Girls Incorporated helps to empower young women and provide them with the resources and support that they need to succeed across the United States, serving over 130,000 girls each year.  They focus on under-served and at-risk groups, those who can benefit the most from their services.

Girls Inc. administers a range of programs focusing on everything from financial literacy to women’s involvement in STEM fields to preventing teen pregnancy.  They also have programs that teach self defense and help young women to make safer, smarter decisions at home, in relationships, and in life.  On top of that, their scholars program helps to provide scholarship opportunities for young women pursuing college degrees.  You can find a local Girls Inc (formerly Girls Clubs of America) here.

There are a couple of reasons why Girls Inc gets the honor of being the August Cause of the Month.  First, because they tackle so many issues that desperately need to be addressed in the United States.  Second, because they are for girls and about girls, and they succeed by providing girls with the resources to access their own potential and develop strong relationships supporting each other, which is a powerful model.  Third, because in addition to providing services and programs, they also engage in advocacy, pushing for policies that address girls’ needs.  And fourth, because they take care to make sure the vast majority of their funding actually goes to programming, not to overhead, etc.

You can click here to donate to Girls Inc, or you can check out this page to explore other methods of supporting the organization.  They also have a store where you can buy merchandise to support them.

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~ by Randi Saunders on August 3, 2013.

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