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December 31

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Organization Mission

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is a nonpartisan, youth-serving organization inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our vision is empowered girls and an equitable society. Through a comprehensive, research-based academic and enrichment curriculum, girls in grades K-12 participate in hands-on, minds-on programs to acquire the education, developmental assets, and life skills they need to succeed in 21st-century lives and careers.

Social Change Project:
She Votes-Get Out the Vote Challenge

Politics is filled with rich opportunities for girls to learn how decisions are made at all levels of government. While women make up more than half the U.S. population, they remain under-represented in public office. Educating girls and young women about this reality can empower them to change it. She Votes helps girls understand the democratic process and build the skills and confidence to see themselves as informed future voters, engaged citizens, community leaders, and potential future candidates, with a focus on equity and inclusion. In 2018, Girls Inc.of Greater Santa Barbara is participating in the national Girls Inc. Get Out the Vote challenge.

In She Votes we learn about voting in America. In 3th and 4th grade we chose who was on the ballot and we got to decorate the polling stations. We also learned who our representatives are and about women in congress. I thought it was fun to decide what we would vote on and learn how to understand campaign ads. We then got to run for office and make a speech ourselves! I can’t wait until I’m old enough to vote and have my voice heard by the government. In America, we are lucky to have a voice, and everybody should be registered to vote, learn about the issues, and practice this important right. We also learned how important it is to have more women political leaders if we want to see more change and gender equity. When I grow up, I want to be the boss, and I can’t think of a better way than through the changing of our laws and my own hard work.

— Isabel R., Age 11, Santa Barbara

 

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