Inspiring and Empowering Middle School Girls

International Women’s Day 2019!

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 4GIRLS advances equality by empowering middle school girls with confidence.

Whenever I ask a woman to recall her favorite memory from middle school, she exclaims that it was “an awkward time” and “I wouldn’t return to that age for all the money in the world” and “I try to block out that time in my life.”

As I press further, many open up that their childhood dreams became narrower and shallower – instead of wanting to become doctors or engineers, they settled for less. Many shared how they avoided challenges, gave up easily and couldn’t seem to bounce back from “typical” mistakes for that age.

And, when I dig even deeper, we all remembered that, by high school, the boys’ confidence buoyed while ours still sagged. We all had a story of that one girl who just didn’t live up our expectations – and, looking back, we realize she lacked confidence.

Low confidence must be turned around before girls find themselves trapped in gangs, pregnant or without a high school diploma.

Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help people feel capable, effective and accepted. Unfortunately, these experiences are usually absent from the lives of girls in middle school. 

4GIRLS empowers girls to feel good about themselves, because we know it sets them up for success — in everything from school to friendships. Positive feelings like self-acceptance or self-confidence help young women try new challenges, cope with mistakes, and try again.

Youth in our communities are facing a crisis of self-esteem. While 4GIRLS actively empowers young women, we need your help to expand our efforts.

We’d love it if you would make a financial gift to 4GIRLS to improve self-esteem among local middle school young women. Gifts of all sizes make a difference.

For $125, you pay for a 4GIRLS weekend workshop experience for a young woman. That’s one girl’s life changed, entirely because of you.

Your generosity provides confidence – an essential ingredient for turning thoughts into action, wishes into reality.

I hope you’ll consider celebrating International Women’s Day by making a gift to 4GIRLS today! Thank you in advance for empowering the next generation of confident young women.

With Gratitude,

Janet Bittner
Executive Director



2018 Girl Fund Campaign

International Women’s Day is March 8 and this year’s theme is “Press for Progress.”

For the next 15 days, 4GIRLS is a member of Global Giving’s 2018 Girl Fund Campaign. We hope you will join us in pressing for progress on gender equality – you can volunteer for one of our workshops or you can make a gift to 4GIRLS by clicking this link.

The Girl Fund Campaign is specifically for community-led organizations committed to providing opportunities for girls – and, we’ve been doing exactly that for 8 years.

4GIRLS has been pressing for progress since 2010, when we began empowering and inspiring middle school girls to use their voices to speak up for themselves and for others, raise their hands when they see opportunities and point out unfair treatment.

​And, while I know there are many girls we still have to reach with our mission, I’m hopeful because I know we’ve changed the lives of over 500 young women so far.

One young woman’s life in particular comes to mind:

So, over the next 15 days, think how you can #PressforProgress and improve life for the young women in your own life and in your community. Please consider making a gift to 4GIRLS today or on March 8. Or, contact us to find out how you can volunteer and empower middle school girls to view themselves as inherently powerful, valuable and beautiful.


Garden Tea Party in Anaheim on June 3!

As of Monday, May 21, at 9:20am, we are SOLD OUT!!!!

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any guests with sponsorships that are purchased after this time; any sponsorships purchased after then will be considered 100% contributions (sponsorship options have been updated to reflect this below). We have added a contribution only button to the top option.

You and your favorite female can join us at our Garden Tea Party – and support 4GIRLS! Fun arts and crafts from 11-noon. Tea and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $25/each or $35/adult-child pair. Sponsorships are available, ranging from $100-$1,000.

Meet the middle school young women whose lives 4GIRLS has transformed! Bid on fun silent auction items. Questions? Email: kerithdilley@gmail.com

4GIRLS Garden Tea Party takes place on Sunday, June 3, 11am-2pm, at the Ebell Club of Anaheim, located at 226 N. Helena Avenue Anaheim, CA 92805

You can buy tickets, make a contribution or purchase sponsorships online below, or download our Tea Sponsorship Packages_2018 to pay by check.

MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
Gifts of all sizes are welcome.





SPONSOR THE EVENT
***Please note that we are out of tickets, so all sponsorships are 100% contributions. Thank you for your understanding.

Kind Sponsor
Kind Sponsor – $100
Name Listing

Supports a journal, writing supplies and a 4GIRLS canvas bag for 4 girls





Self-Confident Sponsor
Self-Confident Sponsor – $250
Name Listing & Logo Recognition

Covers the cost of an Empowerment Event, which is offered quarterly





Courageous Sponsor
Courageous Sponsor – $500
Half-Page Ad & Logo Recognition

Covers the cost of 4 girls attending the 4GIRLS conference





Powerful Sponsor
Powerful Sponsor – $1,000
Full-Page Ad & Logo Recognition

Cover the cost of 8 girls attending the 4GIRLS conference





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