Girls Inc. in San Benito County

  • Committee Members
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  • Linda Smith – Chair
  • Mary Beth Edwards
  • Jill Clark–Kunich
  • Beverly Meamber
  • Rebecca Salinas
  • Laura Siering
  • Carol Swanson
  • Laura Munoz–Velazquez
  • Edwina Young

Program updates

We are proud to say that this past school year, 2015-2016. We served 106 girls, ages 9-18, at three sites (San Benito High School, Rancho San Justo Middle School, and Ladd Lane Elementary School). We also trained two adult women mentors to facilitate the ECHO Leadership Mentoring program and hired five Youth Leaders to facilitate the programs in their community.



  • From August 2015 to April 2016, 40 girls from San Benito High School participated in 16 interactive modules and two daylong field trips in the ECHO Leadership program. These sessions included the following topics: planning for a college education; careers; basic health; families, culture and how they shape our attitudes; public speaking; influencing public policy; budgeting, entering the workplace; and others. In addition, they visited three colleges (Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis) and the California State Capitol.
  • Will Power/Won’t Power worked with 33 8th grade girls at Rancho San Justo Middle School. The girls participated in 8 sessions, led by Youth Leaders, on topics including: learning age-appropriate information about their bodies and staying healthy, identifying pressures and how to resist them, defending decisions, identifying values about behavior, and avoiding risks.
  • In Phase 1 of Friendly PEERsuasion, we worked with 20 7th grade girls, led by Youth Leaders, at Rancho San Just Middle School. This program gives girls the skills and information to recognize and resist pressure from peers, advertisers, and others to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Suring Phase 2, we worked with 13 5th grade girls from Ladd Lane Elementary School. The 7th graders practiced their leadership skills by delivering these prevention activities to the younger girls. This relationship also reinforces each participant’s commitment to resist pressure to use drugs.

Your support makes a big difference to our organization and helps us continue making a difference in the lives of girls in San Benito County.

Special Thank you to all our partners 2016

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