Help us reach our goal to fund one Spring 2018 program for girls in a low-income community!!
How far can your gift go?
· $25 supports one 2-hour session for one girl
· $250 supports one girl for an entire 10-week, 20-hour program
· $500 supports a full 2-hour introductory workshop
· $3000 supports a local teenager for one summer job
· $3500 supports 14 girls for a full 10-week, 20-hour program
Our girls use their voices to share stories of impact below:
"Girls' LEAP helped me realize that we are all girls who are growing up in Boston, and we all have a lot of the same struggles and responsibilities, and it's important to shine a light on them rather than hiding them in the dark. We all come from very different places, and our backgrounds are very far from close... Us girls felt united and we tried to speed up the unification process for all girls in Boston. I don't ever want there to be a division, not in color, race, religion, neighborhood, style, socio-economic class, or whatever the case may be...I want to thank Girls' LEAP for giving me the opportunity to become part of a family and for teaching me that when girls come together anything is possible." -Hannah, Teen Mentor
"When I defend myself, I am defending my physical body as well as my dignity. I deserve physical and psychological safety, and someone who intends to violate that violates my body and mind. I defend myself because I deserve to feel empowered and to be able to make autonomous decisions about myself."
"My body, my right to say no, my right to be listened to"
"I’m defending my autonomy!"
"I think when I am defending myself, I am defending my freedom as a free spirit. I feel it's important to be allowed to be an individual and have your own ways of thinking and viewing. When I am defending myself, I am defending the voices of those who share similar stories to mine, that may not have found the strength within themselves yet to speak up. Standing up for myself shows others that it is "okay to not be okay" and it's okay to have a voice."
"When I am defending myself, I am defending my right to my bodily autonomy, and I am defending my right to say 'no.' I am also defending any and every girl the attacker might target in the future."
"My right to exist as a human in the world"