Girls Inc. in Santa Cruz County

  • Committee Members
  • Ann Kilty - Chair
  • Virginia Howard
  • Cathy Atwood
  • Laura Cross
  • Robbie Gonzalez-Dow
  • Dianne Dryer
  • Kate Gustavson
  • Judge Denine Guy
  • Jeri Ross
  • Kimberly Scherer
  • Laureen Yungmeyer
  • Donna Ziel
  • Susan Hughmanick
  • Kelley Keegan

Program News

We want to thank you once again for your support of our ECHO Leadership Mentoring Program at Pajaro Valley High School. We are proud to announce that on April 20th, 2016 we graduated the first class of ECHO in Santa Cruz County.

From August 2015 to April 2016, 27 girls participated in 16 interactive modules and 2 day-long field trips. The 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. Participants talked about many of these topics with female role models invited as guest speakers. In addition, they visited 3 colleges and the California State Capitol. Through these sessions and field trips, the young women developed and polished their skills as advocates for themselves and their communities. And, they gained a better understanding of the many opportunities they have to make a positive difference in the world.

Based on our final evaluations we have achieved the following significant goals:

  • 100% of participants have identified a career they would like to pursue in the future
  • 100% of participants know and understand how their bodies work
  • 94% of participants know the UC/CSU requirements
  • 100% of participants said that after participating in the program, they see themselves in college
  • 80% of participants consider themselves to be a leader
  • 80% of participants consider themselves to be a leader

In April, we recruited and interviewed high school girls for the second year of the ECHO Leadership Mentoring Program at Pajaro Valley High School. In July, we will train two adult volunteer mentors and two Youth Leaders-graduates of this year’s ECHO program-to co-facilitate the program for 2016-2017. We also hired and will train two additional ECHO graduates to plan and implement the NEW middle school and elementary programs: Will Power/Won’t Power for 8th grade girls and Friendly PEERsuasion for 7th grade girls at Rolling Hills Middle School, and 4th grade girls at Freedom and Watsonville Elementary Schools.

Special Thanks to Corporate Partners and
Foundations 2016

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