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