Meet three Girls Inc. Dallas girls who are moving forward….
At Girls Inc., girls are celebrated for their strengths. They learn to be healthy, self-sufficient, and resilient. We show girls that college is an attainable dream and give them the skills to succeed in higher education.
Britni, a recent graduate of the School of Health Professions at Townview, first began attending Girls Inc. nine years ago when she was in the 3rd grade. Britni believes Girls Inc. helped shape her into the person she is today. “It taught me about how to be a young woman,” she says.
Britni will attend Texas Women’s University beginning in August of 2017. Her ultimate goal is to be a Pediatric Dentist – a STEM-based field – where she would like to help low-income communities with little or no dental support. She also plans to give back to Girls Inc. in any way she can, since it has been a part of her life for almost a decade.
“My growth in this program has been a phenomenal journey, as I transformed from a curious 5 year old girl into a determined and empowered young woman with the help of purposeful programming, eye opening trips, and caring instructors that often times doubled as mentors.”
This fall Kyjeila entered Xavier University of Louisiana and began taking on a full slate of pre-med coursework as she pursues a BS in Science and a Doctorate in Medicine to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a doctor so she can help people and save lives.
Margaret is a 23-year-old college graduate from Stephen F. Austin University, majoring in Business. Upon graduating from high school in 2008, she received the Girls Inc. Renewable Investment in a Lifetime Scholarship towards her college education. While in college, she became actively involved in the Society for Advancement in Management and The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, interning also at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.
“My experience at Girls Inc. was a life-changing opportunity that I feel every girl should have. From a young age, through middle school, and then my teenage years, Girls Inc. was there to help with everyday situations, school, peer pressure and relationships with friends. I learned practical skills like budgeting and how to be a good friend and a leader and how to make good decisions.” Margaret found the strength and inspiration to pursue her dreams from different role models in her life: her mother, her cousin and Ellen Wood. Margaret met Ellen at Girls Inc. where Ms. Wood volunteered as a mentor stayed in touch with Margaret throughout her college years. The first of her family to go to college, she graduated from college in December 2012 and is now pursuing an advanced degree while becoming a mentor to a girls with Girls Inc. To mark her important rite of passage of college graduation, Margaret hosted a graduation party in a place that’s been her home away from home since she was six years old – our Girls Inc. South Dallas campus.