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As a new school year begins we wanted to personally write to let you know how much your
support is appreciated and touches the lives of so many girls living in New York City.
Take for example Rema, a participant from one of our comprehensive sites for seven years,
who said the following about her experience with Girls Inc. of New York City:
Girls Inc. has introduced me to many diverse options, options that involve financial
independence, going to college, and being around supportive women. Girls Inc. has
taught me that I determine my own destiny and Girls Inc. programs have helped me gain
the skills and knowledge to be successful after I graduate high school.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, girls living in the poorest communities
throughout the city are given new opportunities. The support we receive from you is helping us
expand our programs to include nearly 500 more girls this school year in sites across the five
boroughs including the South Bronx, Washington Heights, and Bedford Stuyvesant.
Here are some of the ways in which your support has helped the
girls we serve:
90% of our graduates were admitted to college this past
year like Rema who is thriving at Keuka College.
High school graduations at our East Harlem flagship site
were 85%, surpassing the graduation rates of the majority
of Harlem teens with four-year graduation rates of 62% or
Our College Shower sent 25 of our graduates off to college
with computers, bed linens, flash drives, toolkits,
scholarships, and other necessities girls need for college.
More than half (56%) of participants at our 21st Century
Community Learning Center continued to demonstrate increases in their math scores
during the past year.
Four girls from our programs were awarded $20,000 scholarships in a national
One of our alumni at Stony Brook University was invited to speak the 50 th
Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech.
For the first time ever we hosted a summer camp with 140 middle school girls from all
over the five boroughs.
Our research based programs are remarkable – including financial literacy, pregnancy
prevention, self-defense, and much more – prepare girls experientially. Our programs teach girls
important academic content while imparting skills they need to be successful in college and later
As girls begin a new school year we wanted to write and let you know that our programs are
working and we are serving more girls than ever, thanks to people like you.
Pamela J. Maraldo, Ph.D
Chair, Board of Directors