Portland, OR. The 24-story 1000 Broadway Building was no match for brave souls like Girls Council Member Mia at the Rappel for Her fundraiser. The event, on July 15, raised over $95,000 for Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest programming, which inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Supporters raised a minimum of $1,250 for Girls Inc. for the chance to rappel down the building in downtown Portland. (Photo credit, Jason Hattery)
From Girls Inc.:
OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE GIRLS TO BE STRONG, SMART, AND BOLD.
OUR VISION IS EMPOWERED GIRLS AND AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY.
Girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success.
ONLY 4.6% OF CEOS OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ARE FEMALE
3 IN 10 GIRLS WILL BECOME PREGNANT BY THE AGE OF 20
ONLY 2.4% OF DOCTORATES OF STEM-RELATED FIELDS ARE HELD BY WOMEN OF COLOR
1 IN 5 GIRLS WILL BE A VICTIM OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that – together – empowers girls to succeed. The people are trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships, and peers who share their drives and aspirations.
The environment is girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and respect.
The programming is research-based, hands-on, minds-on, and meets the needs of today’s girls to provide the age-appropriate information and knowledge so girls can make decisions leading to healthy lives; succeed academically; and develop life skills to prepare for adulthood.