The theme this year for International Women’s Day is, “Be Bold For Change”. Looking up the word “bold”, the internet came back with: adjective: (of a person, action or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
I started thinking about people whom I admire for taking “risks” and being “confident and courageous” and on a global scale, I thought of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace prize recipient. Anyone who knows her story will agree that she epitomizes the word bold. But I also admire so many people who are not known on a global scale and would not be recognized by any member of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. One person, in particular, that comes to mind is Angie Gomez. Angie is a person I met while at a community outreach event promoting the 4GIRLS Organization. After we met, she decided to support the program by being a mentor and transporting middle school girls from Anaheim to the 4GIRLS workshop in Long Beach. After participating a couple of years in the program, Angie asked me, “When are you going to start this program in Anaheim?” Classes in ‘Diplomacy 101’ kicked in and I asked her, “When are you going to start the program in Anaheim?” Fortunately, Angie boldly accepted the challenge and launched 4GIRLS Orange County this past August!
Eight years ago, I took a bold step and shared an idea that I had with my friends about creating an empowerment workshop for middle school girls. I didn’t know what the workshop would look like exactly, but I knew that I was interested in creating a program where girls could identify themselves as inherently valuable, powerful and beautiful. If it were not for the women who listened and embraced my ‘bold’ thinking back in 2010 and encouraged me to take a risk – the 4GIRLS Organization would not be in existence and we would not have had the opportunity to inspire and empower hundreds of girls to be bold and to make positive changes in their lives.
What I now know is whether you want to implement significant change on a personal level, for your community or for the environment, some degree of boldness will be required. Being bold may seem daunting, but like anything that is worthwhile, one has to practice, practice and practice to become better at it. The Spanish philosopher, Baltasar Gracian wrote, “Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.” Let us start with today – let’s put a grain of boldness in everything that we do and let us see the change that is manifested.
4GIRLS Founder & CEO
4GIRLS Organization is proud to partner with author Linda El Awar on the launch of her first book, Graduating from Google: Lessons in Leadership.
Linda El Awar is a former Google employee who has published a piece of narrative non-fiction that describes her time with the company. Linda hopes to inspire others along their own personal leadership journey through her book, and she has been impressed with our efforts to aide middle school girls.
As a result, 50% of all proceeds from her book will be donated to our organization!
The story appeals to a broad audience, anyone from a young college grad finding him or herself to a Fortune 500 CEO trying to establish culture.
In Linda’s own words, “I understand how awkward and frustrating the middle school years can be on both an academic and personal level. That’s why I want to help middle school ladies embrace this time as a positive opportunity to experience new things and develop confidence for life.”
We are honored to have others such as Linda share our message and support 4GIRLS! If you know of others who love to read, please let them know of this entertaining and educational story. And if you love the story as much as we do, we encourage you to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes & Noble.
After serving girls in Long Beach, CA and the surrounding communities for the past 5 years, 4GIRLS is proud to announce that in 2016 we will be expanding our program! Middle school girls in Santa Ana and Anaheim will now have the opportunity to participate in the 4GIRLS program in Orange County. Due to this exciting growth of our organization and because 4GIRLS will be hosting two workshops in 2016 rather than one, we are in need of your help.
Unlike previous years, we will not be holding our annual fundraising gala in the spring and instead will be holding it in the winter of 2016. As such, we have looked at alternatives for raising the necessary funds to cover all of the expenses associated with our program (you may recall that all 4GIRLS participants attend our workshop and ongoing empowerment activities at no cost to them). We have decided to pursue the GlobalGiving program as the primary means to fund most, if not all, of our 2016 activities.
GlobalGiving is a global crowd funding site that will allow our organization to connect with donors and companies worldwide. In order for us to be granted a platform with GlobalGiving we need to raise enough funds during their upcoming “open challenge” to demonstrate to their organization that we have community support before they give us access to global support.
Our timeline to raise our goal with GlobalGiving is from Dec 1st – 31st. Please consider donating (no contribution is too small) by visiting the following link:
Your generosity will make a difference to our organization and to the hundreds of middle school girls that we hope to inspire and empower in 2016 with our mission that they are inherently valuable, beautiful and powerful.
The 4GIRLS Board of Directors
4GIRLS is now officially registered and accredited by Global Giving, a global crowd funding organization, providing additional fund raising avenues and corporate donation matching opportunities.
On Giving Tuesday, December 1st, 4GIRLS raised over $1000 from our local and extended community. Thank you!
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