Three-Day Summer Experience Introduces Teen Girls to Working World, College Life, and Women Entrepreneur Role Models
Sarasota, FL (July 15, 2013) – From July 23 – 25, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County will join high school girls from across the United States and Canada for the first Girls Inc. Girls InCharge Summit in Indianapolis, sponsored by Sam’s Club Giving Program.
The three-day program will be held on the campus of Butler University and will give 52 girls the opportunity to learn and practice business skills, meet women entrepreneurs, discuss options for their futures, and gain insight into the corporate world and business ownership. Girls will take part in communications and presentation workshops, attend networking events, and learn from women business owners. The college campus setting will expose many to higher education as a real possibility for their lives.
Three girls from Girls Inc. of Sarasota County are participating: Abigail Schulte, 9th, Sarasota Military Academy, Minghe Zhang, 11th Pine View and Christine Yin, 11th Pine View. They qualified for the Girls InCharge summit by completing leadership and entrepreneurship programming and committing to facilitating workshops with middle school girls in their own communities. Girls hail from local Girls Inc. organizations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Ontario, Tennessee, and Texas.
“This incredible experience gives our girls an invaluable opportunity to meet women leaders, gain skills they’ll use in college and when entering the workforce, and share this knowledge with even more girls upon their return,” said Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. “We are thrilled to partner with the Sam’s Club Giving Program in helping girls take critical steps to achieving economic independence and successful futures.”
“Congratulations to the local young women nominated to attend the Girls InCharge Summit. We are confident they are the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow,” said Susan Koehler, Senior Manager, Community Involvement for Sam’s Club. “Sam’s Club is pleased to provide the funds to launch the summit and appreciates the work of Girls Inc. around the country and on this program.”
About Girls Inc. of Affiliate
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County is dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold” and fulfills its mission of empowering girls aged five and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs. In the past two years, Girls Inc. has served over 2,000 girls at its facility and throughout the Sarasota County School System. Dedicated in 1976, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County recently celebrated 30 years of service to our community. For more information about Girls Inc. contact Kay Mathers at 366-6646, ext. 207 or Kay@girlsincsrq.org.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.
About Sam’s Club Giving
Since 2008, Sam’s Club has invested more than $10 million in national and local programs to support small business growth and success and inspire the next generation through youth entrepreneurship programs. Last year, Sam’s Club grants to nonprofit partners helped to train over 3,600 small business owners, enabled 265 small business loans and created or maintained 1,200 American jobs. For more information on national or local giving, visit SamsClub.com/giving.