Inspiring and Empowering Middle School Girls

#Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday is here! During the next 24 hours, people around the world are coming together to make an impact. At 4GIRLS, our Giving Tuesday goal is to raise $1,250 to send 10 girls to a 4GIRLS workshop.

Maritza, a 4GIRLS 2019 Junior Mentor, is a freshman at Cal State Long Beach. She’s also a member of the Chemistry Club and Sociology Club. She’s a pre-biology major.

You can change the future of a girl like Maritza – pictured above – by infusing her with confidence:

College has been a wonderful experience for me especially because I feel like I can support myself and truly be an independent person. 

I used what I learned from 4GIRLS when I walked into my Calculus 2 class the first day. I was 1 out of the 2 girls in that class and once class was over I was ready to drop down to Calculus 1 because it was so intimidating

But then I got a rush of “why should I?” I am a strong, independent woman. I deserve to push through it and be greater.

It’s important for girls to understand at a young age that they deserve to be heard and they deserve to persevere. I identify as a strong, biracial woman and I just want to say WOMEN RULE!
   -Maritza, Chemistry Club Member, freshman at Cal State Long Beach

Your gift to 4GIRLS empowers young women like Maritza to access their voices and their authentic selves.

If 20 donors give today on our Global Giving platform, we have a chance to receive matching gifts from Global Giving!

4GIRLS Reception to Benefit Orange County Empowerment

On Friday, September 6, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, 4GIRLS is hosting our Reception to Benefit Orange County 4GIRLS Empowerment activities, including our annual workshop and empowerment events. Our event takes place at the The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, located at 11 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Individual Tickets and Sponsorships are available online or by downloading our sponsorship opportunities here and mailing payment.

All proceeds benefit middle school young women in Orange County who are looking for their voices and an opportunity to be inspired and empowered. 4GIRLS empowers middle school young women to become confident, resilient and authentic, so they can make healthy choices for sustained success.

1 Ticket – $75

2 Tickets – $150

Powerful Sponsor – $1,000 – includes logo and name recognition and 6 tickets

Courageous Sponsor – $500 – includes logo and name recognition and 4 tickets

Self-Confident – $250 – includes name recognition and 2 tickets

3 Tickets – $225

4 Tickets – $300

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

Noche Para Las Ninas 2019

Celebrating our 10th year
The 4GIRLS Organization Invites You To Their Annual Gala

Noche Para Las Ninas
(A Night for the Girls)

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Long Beach Chapter
Friday, November 1, 2019 6:30PM – 11:00PM
Recreation Park Golf Course
5001 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach, CA 90804

Early Bird Admission is $115.00 per person
After October 18th: $130.00 per person
(Admission includes 2 beer/wine drink tickets)

Cocktails (no-host bar) and Appetizers 6:30PM
Opening Remarks 7:30PM
Dinner Service 7:30PM – 8:45PM

Dinner * Entertainment * Silent and Live Auction * Dancing
Cocktail Attire Suggested
Cash, checks or credit cards accepted at the event for raffle tickets or auction items. Raffle tickets may not be purchased online.

Please RSVP by October 25, 2019
Early bird registration ends October 18th

Register here…

4GIRLS Announces Its Anaheim Workshop: October 13 & 14, 2018

Middle school young women – are you looking to be inspired? Do you want to make new friends? Do you want to participate in hands-on activities that will empower you to make changes in your life or your community?

Our 2018 theme for the 4GIRLS Workshop in Anaheim is “Courageous.”

Girls who will be in middle school in October of 2018 are welcome to apply to our OC Workshop by downloading an application by clicking here. All participants must complete applications and be accepted in the program to attend the workshop.

Click here to see the 4GIRLS Flyer for 2018 Workshop in Anaheim.

Girls do not need to live in Anaheim or even Orange County to attend, but they must commit to attending both days.

The annual workshop – offered at no cost to the girls – provides a safe place for middle school girls to accept and appreciate themselves for who they are and encourages them to discover their potential. Girls who attend the workshop are eligible to attend quarterly events throughout the next year.

High school and adult volunteers are welcome to apply by downloading an application by clicking here.

Wrap Up of 4GIRLS Tea Party in OC by 4GIRLS Executive Director

It was another successful 4GIRLS event this weekend, as our OC chapter celebrated its 2nd annual Garden Tea Party.

Over 140 guests attended and enjoyed whistling tea kettles containing exotic teas and delectable sandwiches and cookies. Together, this tea party raised over $10,000.

Our OC Chapter Chair, Angie Gomez, leads an amazing committee of volunteers and shared what 4GIRLS means to the OC community. Angie was out in front with her leadership by engaging 6 young women to volunteer the entire event.

I also want to give a shout out to the 15 adult volunteers who made the event a huge success. Thanks to Kerith Dilley, the glue that kept everyone together.

And, the entire OC Chapter Committee deserves a big Thank You: Maddie des Jardins, Maria Fierro, Nubia Macias, Traci Malone, Lisa Monteiro, Maria Mora, Natali Rudometkin, Hadela Sanchez, Karlie Sanchez and Leticia Sanchez.

Our deepest appreciation for the three Junior Mentors who shared how 4GIRLS has changed their own lives: Maria Brito, Carolina Castillo and Karlie Sanchez.

Thank you all for attending and volunteering your talents and your time.

I am looking forward to the next OC fundraiser!

Janet Bittner
4GIRLS Executive Director

L to R: Linda Bittner, Traci Malone, Janet Bittner & Mary Ann Ballestero

Garden Tea Party 2018 Sponsors – Thank You!

4GIRLS is thrilled to thank our many Garden Tea Party sponsors this year, whose generosity is making our 2018 Workshop possible!

PIMCO Foundation

Helenee Cruz of JT Productions & Entertainment
Maria Fierro
“La Fiesta” Catering and Events by Julissa Fontes
Angie & Narci Gomez
Kerith Dilley Stansfield

JoAn Burdick-Gottlieb
Lisa Monteiro
Mora Landscape Maintenance
Melissa Ramirez – Rae’s Income Tax and NT & Associates

Rosemary Bakker
Janet Bittner
Melinda Cordero-Barzaga
Idalia Lazo Bautista
Traci Malone
Gregory Rodriguez
Natali Rudometkin

We’ve sold out of our tea!

Our Sponsors

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.