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We Are Girls Scholarship Campaign

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THE STORY:

GENaustin wrote -

Did you know that three-fourths of girls with low self-esteem engage in harmful activities, such as disordered eating, bullying, smoking, or drinking?

Fortunately, GENaustin’s annual We Are Girls Conference exists so that girls in Texas can access the support and tools they need to build healthy self-esteem and avoid risky behaviors. Girls learn confidence and leadership tools through positive body image building, financial literacy, career exploration, and college readiness workshops.

This year’s event is predicted to serve 1,800 girls, parents, and educators. However, over 50% of the girls’ families cannot easily afford the $30 ticket price, and that’s why we need your help!

GENaustin partners with many community agencies and schools to ensure that ALL girls can access this special event. One such partner is Austin ISD's Social Work Intern Specialist, Kate Amerson. The interns Kate supervises work with some of Austin's lowest income students. Each year, she ensures that her team of social work interns bring girls to the We Are Conference, because of the impact it has on these young women. As Kate shares:

“Every girl who is sent to the conference impacts a classroom of other students. I’ve watched girls who attended return to their school community and suddenly become interested in joining student council and other activities. They return with this sense of confidence that comes from the power of seeing so many people spend a day together celebrating their potential.”
It’s clear to Kate that GENaustin’s scholarship program is critical to the continued success of the We Are Girls Conference. “It broadens the diversity of attendees and enriches the experience of all the participants. And the community, in turn, is enriched by the leadership potential that is activated in the girls.”

The girls at Kate’s schools will be receiving scholarships to the conference again this year. However, many more girls like them cannot afford the ticket price - and it’s just $30! Please make a donation to help ONE or MORE girls.

On behalf of the girls you are empowering, we thank you.

The Team: $26,285 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Girls Empowerment Network

Amount Raised

$13,239

 

44% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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Rebecca and Lisa

Amount Raised

$6,000

 

200% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Melissa Bixby

Amount Raised

$2,210

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Michelle Lopez

Amount Raised

$1,525

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Ami Kane

Amount Raised

$1,160

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Sandra Bucklin

Amount Raised

$826

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Maura Thomas

Amount Raised

$745

 

50% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Kit Mellem

Amount Raised

$580

 

58% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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