Our Mission Prevails Despite Changes in our World!
In keeping with Texas Governor Abbott’s declaration of a statewide disaster, all in-person programming, events, activities, and field trips are canceled through April 5 to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The well-being of Girls Inc. girls remains our priority. As such, our program leaders are working hard to address the immediate needs for our girls and their families in addition to providing enrichment programs including STEM, communication skills, and college prep. Girls Inc. staff are providing:
• Information and referrals to community resources such as food pantries, unemployment assistance, clothing options, and more.
• Academic guidance for girls who don’t have the needed tools to transition to online learning.
• Learning opportunities to lessen academic slide and fun activities to keep them engaged.
• Perhaps most important – creating a safe space to talk about their current fears and any trauma they may be experiencing due to the coronavirus.
We can’t deliver these life-altering programs without you. We need your investment in the futures of Girls Inc. girls.
You’re invited! Join Girls Inc. girls, their families, and our team as we participate in a Virtual Spirit Week from March 23-27. Use the hashtag #GirlsIncStrong and tag us in your social media posts as together we connect with girls and their families.
The #GirlsIncTarrant team held a video/phone conference for girls to learn about COVID-19, provide a safe space for them to share their feelings and thoughts, practice meditation to help them stay calm, and learn about valuable resources they can use.
Here’s what the girls said after their meeting:
- Jaidyn (8th grade): I was able to let everything out and share my feelings with you all.
- Semani (8th grade): It was interesting to learn about the number of cases there are in the world.
- Jamie (9th grade): It was a very informative and resourceful meeting. I learned a few new things!
Here is another great example of how our team is working creatively to provide mentoring at a time when our girls need emotional support to navigate these overwhelming circumstances.
“I reached out to check on Eureka! girls to give them an opportunity to express any of their worries or fears. One 8th grade Eureka! participant expressed that feeling bored had her a little down. Since I know her love of art, I suggested she spend time trying new art ideas. I was able to put her in touch via email with a professional portrait artist. The Eureka! girl was then able to complete her first portrait painting in a day and she is very proud.”
– Ms. Sylvia, Program Director of STEM\