Girls Inc. Recruiting 9th Graders

Mieasha L. Harris

Something is brewing at the Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County’s (Girls Inc., WCCC) site in Richmond – and it smells good! They’re  inviting girls to come by and sample their programs of inspiration, encouragement, social growth and a heaping dose of fun.
They are seeking ninth grade girls to participate in their College Bound Girls (CBG) program.
Mieasha  L. Harris,  Interim Executive Director of Girls Inc., WCC said they are “embarking upon a valiant initiative to inspire the girls of Richmond to be strong, smart, and bold.”
The objectives of the program are to educate and mentor Richmond’s girls and prepare them to become eligible.   They have designed an intensive program which includes: Personal Development, Leadership and Community Action, Dressing for Success, Presentation Skills, College Application Process, Careers and Life Planning and Self-Reliance and Life Skills.
The  kick-off celebration for this activity will be held on Saturday, February 26,  from 10am -12pm at 260 Broadway.
Harris said their program is recruiting young ladies who are willing to commit to one Saturday a month and are interested in learning about educational options. “We want to encourage girls that need assistance in building self-esteem, to register before our February 21st deadline.
The Girls Inc., WCCC, has also been serving up the On-site Mentoring program at J.O. Ford Elementary school where several high school girls have devoted one day a week to present topics of Economic Literacy (learning to manage money, investing, and how to understand and appreciate global economics), Media Literacy (increasing their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women) and PEERrsuasion (girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals, and other drugs) to primary school-aged girls.
Over the past 30 years, the facility has served thousands of West County girls, many of whom are second and third generation members.
Girls Inc., WCCC,  also provides guidance in math and science. It networks with professional women, and offers tutorial homework help, as well as professional and academic development.
They are an affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated and have provided programs and activities for girls in the Richmond community since 1974.
For information, contact Mieasha  L. Harris,  Interim Executive Director at  510-232-5440 or mh_girlsincwcc@yahoo.com.