Dominique Torres is just one example of how Girls Inc. Dallas helps girls succeed in life. Girls who participate in programs are more committed to their education, display perseverance, and know their future is in their hands.
Dominique started attending Girls Inc. Dallas while at Asher Silberstein Elementary School. “I first came to the program because my mother wanted more for me,” she remembers. “I am the oldest of four siblings and grew up in a single parent home with a lot of love, but not a lot of money.”
Girls Inc.’s comprehensive approach to the development of the whole girl equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements embedded in a high quality Girls Inc. experience: trained facilitators and volunteers, a girls-only environment, and research-based programming that, together, empower girls to succeed.
As a Mexican-American and African-American woman, people often told Dominique she could not do the things she wanted to do. But her family taught her to be proud of herself, her family, and her heritage, and Girls Inc. Dallas helped reinforce those values for Dominique growing up.
“Girls Inc. Dallas provided me with a physically and emotionally safe space where I was able to experience the Dallas community though field trips, build on my love of reading, stay active through step team, and socialize with girls of all ages and backgrounds,” said Dominique. “Most importantly, I learned the power of my voice. Girls Inc. helped equip me with the tools I needed not only to survive, but to thrive,” she said.
Following graduation from Skyline High School, Dominique enrolled in Eastfield College in Mesquite before transferring to the University of North Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a law degree from Texas A&M University Law School.
Today Dominique operates The Torres Law Office where she handles personal injury, immigration, and family law cases. She also serves on the boards of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Sharing Life Community Outreach, Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters of Dallas. Dominique is also a fellow at the Latino Center for Leadership Development.
Dominique’s success was made possible due in large part to past generous supporters of Girls Inc. Dallas. With your help, we can help more girls, like Dominique, overcome the barriers they face and thrive. Please consider making a end-of-year-gift today.