A message from our academic leaders
Her Future, Our Future: there is no better way to convey the impact of Girls Inc. on our region. As leaders in higher education, we have witnessed first-hand the profound difference that Girls Inc. makes on the young women who, despite seemingly impossible odds, remain in high school, enroll in our colleges, and graduate to become leaders in their communities. Young girls who might otherwise be stripped of aspiration are encouraged to dream. More than 85% of the girls who participate in Girls Inc. programs say that they think positively about their future and that they plan to go to college. Most of these girls will be the first in their families to do so. And, thanks to Girls Inc. they arrive on our campuses prepared to tackle the rigors of higher education, to strive beyond their wildest imaginations, and to succeed.
Girls Inc. programs, offered for years at its location in Holyoke, are now provided at many schools in Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield, with plans to expand to additional schools in the years ahead. The goal is to reach more than 1,000 girls annually as a result of this campaign. Their future is indeed our future. We are pleased and excited to be Champions for Girls Inc. and hope you will join us in promising these young women a brighter future.
Campaign Steering Committee
C. Richard Hinckley
Board of Directors
Melyssa Brown-Porter, Board Chair
Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Vice Chair
Lauren Manuel, Treasurer
Maria Pelchar, Clerk
Navae Fenwick Rodriguez
Lynn M. Starr