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Day spotlights importance of single gender programming for girls worldwide

ALBANY, GA– Girls Inc. of Albany, GA is bringing a global movement to educate girls and change the world from Albany, GA with International Day of the Girl. The U.N. declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will stand along with Girls Inc. of Albany to bring attention to this important day by proclaiming Friday, October 11th as International Day of the Girl. Girls Inc. has planned several activities on this day in an effort to highlight the importance of quality, research based programming for girls. On this day, Girls Inc. will host a Bring a Friend to Girls Inc. event in collaboration with WellCare of Georgia and Vital Smiles of Albany from 3 pm to 7 pm. Girls can visit Girls Inc. for free on that day to experience the girl centric programming that makes Girls Inc. unique. There will also be free dental screenings, giveaways, food and fun! Girls from all over Albany are encouraged to attend.

Also on this day, Girls Inc. will collaborate with MCLB to host a screening of the powerful documentary Girl Rising. Staff Sergeant Juana Snell from MCLB will lead the Girls Inc. She, Me, Her Teen Program in a dialogue about the documentary. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world.

The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach ourselves and other people–adults, boys, and other girls all across the world–new ways of thinking about gender issues, which will help us take action to change the status quo.

“At Girls Inc., we believe in the power of education to change not only a girl, but the world,” said Sherrell Alexander, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Albany, GA. “October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. A worldwide revolution. The Day of the Girl is a yearly reflection of what we’ve done and what we need to keep doing to fully achieve gender equality everywhere. We are proud to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in Albany, GA alongside thousands of other events worldwide”

For more information about Girls Inc. programs, International Day of the Girl events or Girl Rising, call Sherrell Alexander at 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.

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