Every girl can succeed with the right support and opportunities, and this International Women’s Day we want to highlight an organization that is inspiring our future female leaders to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. teaches every girl enrolled in their program to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her strengths.
“Girls Inc. focuses on the development of the whole girl, so she is equipped to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent,” says Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO.
Girls are uniquely affected by poverty, issues of sexual exploitation, substance use, and teen pregnancy. 1 in 6 girls will not finish high school according to Girls Inc., but the organization is working to change that.
“Our groundbreaking, research-driven, and girl-informed programming is delivered by expert and professional staff who build long-term mentoring relationships in girl-only, pro-girl environments to ensure girls have the support and skills to succeed,” says Vredenburgh.
Girls receive comprehensive programming in healthy living, academic enrichment, and life skills instruction. Through a network of 81 affiliates in 400 cities and 1,400 sites across the U.S. and Canada, the organization delivers after-school programming for girls ages 6-18 in partnership with schools and at Girls Inc. centers. Girls Inc. also advocates for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
Many affiliates do not charge for their services; some charge based on a sliding fee scale based on income and family size, but no girl may be turned away because her family cannot pay. Scholarship funds and other resources are available to make sure of that.
How You Can Help
Beginning today, March 8th, International Women’s Day, Girls Inc. will receive 100% of profits from the sales of the “most beautiful bar,” created by superfood snack company Health Warrior and beauty icon Bobbi Brown.
“I’ve always believed that strength is beauty, so the opportunity to partner with two organizations that represent my philosophy on both sides — inspiring confidence in girls, and living a healthy lifestyle — was very cool,” Brown tells HER Magazine.
Brown is a firm believer that there’s nothing you can’t do when you put your mind to it. The makeup artist, author and entrepreneur has been helping women feel confident in their own skin for years, and encourages women who want to pursue their dreams to find a great support system and take a leap of faith.
“If you don’t try, you will never know what could have been,” she says. “If you don’t succeed, you can always do something else.”
The naturally pink Dragon Fruit Chia Bar features chia seeds, which can promote smooth and glowing skin, hair growth, anti-aging, strong nails and cuticles, skin cell repair, heal skin inflammation, and fights acne.
The 25g Dragon Fruit Chia Bar has 1000 mg Omega-3s, 3g fiber, and only 5g of sugar.
“Health Warrior is one of my favorite healthy snacks, and I believe in the brand, the ingredients, and in doing all I can to help girls grow up strong, confident and empowered,” says Brown, creator of justBOBBI, a modern lifestyle platform for all things wellness, beauty, travel and more.
Health Warrior wants to make it easy for people to eat well. Their ingredients are 100% real, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. The company hopes to sell as many bars as possible during the next six months to support Girls Inc.
“Health Warrior’s mission is to inspire people to live healthier lives, because we believe that healthier and happier people will make the world a better place,” says Julia Wing-Larson, Health Warrior VP of Marketing. “Getting healthier means getting stronger physically and mentally, and Girls Inc. helps girls do both.”
The bars will be sold in boxes of 15 for $19.99 until they sell out online, and will make their way into select specialty retailers, women’s coworking spaces and fitness studios.
“Together, we will equip many more girls to boldly face challenges, resist peer pressure, be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, and beat the odds,” Vredenburgh tells HER Magazine. “With this investment, girls know someone is in their corner; they are confident and ready for the future; they will do their part.”
Celebrate International Women’s Day with us: Support Girls Inc. by purchasing a box of beautiful bars here!