ALBANY, GA- Girls Inc. of Albany, GA’s Strong, Smart and Bold University summer program will hold its first commencement on Friday, August 2, 2013. At the commencement ceremony, Executive Director Sherrell Alexander will confer 67 participation certificates to the Class of 2013. The program, which begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Girls Inc. East Campus, will also feature a sign language presentation, a dance performance, and a superlative awards ceremony.
The Strong Smart and Bold University summer program launched this summer in both Albany and Omega, GA with a programmatic focus on college preparedness and academic achievement. Participants of SSBU toured several college campuses, including Albany State University, Darton State College, Albany Technical Institute, Moultrie Technical College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and Fort Valley State University. Girls were afforded exciting field trip experiences, including visits to Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, Chehaw, Flint Riverquarium, the Weatherbee Planetarium, radio station tours, bowling, skating, and much more. Courses offered were Spanish, Sign Language, Literacy, College 101, Physical Fitness, and Arts Instruction to name a few. NASA’s Summer of Innovation program provided STEM courses and funded a field trip experience for participants to visit the Coca Cola Space and Science Museum in Columbus, GA. Strong, Smart and Bold University was made possible through a generous grants from P &G and the Goizueta Foundation, funding from the United Way of Southwest Georgia, and generous donations from community supporters. Meals were provided for each girl compliments of the Dougherty County School System’s Seamless Summer Food Program.
“The commencement ceremony gives parents the opportunity to see firsthand how Girls Inc. has developed their daughters through the mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We know that by providing educational enrichment activities and field trip experiences, each girl will be adequately prepared to be successful for the upcoming school year.” states Sherrell Alexander, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Albany.
Another event taking place as a part of the commencement festivities is a Farewell Celebration for Ms. Sandra Love, a longtime employee of Girls Inc. Ms. Love has the unique distinction of being employed with Girls Inc. of Albany for 28 of the 39 years that the organization has been in existence in Albany, GA. Her work and dedication to the organization is reflected in the lives of the thousands of girls whose lives she has touched and guided to womanhood through her work. During her years of service with Girls Inc., Ms. Love received numerous commendations and awards for her leadership and expertise at the national and local affiliate level. She has served many other organizations in the Albany, GA community who have benefited from her insight on girls and youth development. Ms. Love will return to her hometown of Soperton, GA.
The Strong Smart and Bold University Commencement will take place on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Girls Inc. East Campus, 1112 Inverness Rd, Albany, GA. The celebration for Ms. Sandra Love will take place at 6:00 at the same location. For more information, or to become a supporter of Girls Inc. of Albany, call 229-435-1897.
About Girls Inc. of Affiliate
Girls Inc. of Albany, Ga., was established nearly 40 years ago and is an affiliate of the country’s oldest girls-centric organization, which inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. of Albany was established meet the needs of the community through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, social and economic barriers. Girls Inc. of Albany, GA delivers all eight of the Girls Inc. life-changing programs: Girls Inc. Economic Literacy®, Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion®, Girls Inc. Leadership and Community ActionSM, Girls Inc. Operation SMART® (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Girls Inc. Media Literacy®, Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy®, Girls Inc. Project BOLD®, and
Girls Inc. Sporting Chance®.
Girls Inc. of Albany has a 100 percent high school graduation rate, with many girl members going on to post-secondary educational institutions. The organization is a leader in teen pregnancy prevention as well as underage drinking and drug abuse prevention. Most recently, Girls Inc. of Albany was honored as a White House Champion of Change for its work in substance abuse prevention. Girls Inc. of Albany is the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Nonprofit of the Year.
For more information about Girls Inc. programs and the Girls Inc. network, visit www.girlsinc.org.