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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria
updated: Oct 11, 2014, 10:00 AM

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated, a national research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 700 girls in our community ages 5-18 each year through a variety of programs, motivating them to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Girls Inc. strives to inspire critical thinking and progressive action in their lives, empowering girls and young women to achieve personal, social, economic and political success. All programming is specifically designed to confirm to this mission, to intentionally change girls' lives and their world. In addition, the organization actively advocates for the elimination of gender barriers that limit girls' options and involves them as agents of community change.

The organization's programs focus on science, math, and technology, health and sexuality, economic and financial literacy, sports skills, leadership and advocacy, and media literacy. The Eureka! summer program, a five-year college-bound program that encourages young women to explore science, technology, engineering and math, was designed to enable girls to recognize and overcome barriers to their achievement and prepare them to engage in an increasingly competitive job market.

On Saturday, October 18th, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host its 2nd annual fall fundraiser An Evening in Bloom at Westerlay Orchids in Carpinteria. The highly-anticipated gala will honor two local flower-growers with deep roots in community involvement, Ed Van Wingerden and Win Van Wingerden. The glamorous gala will feature a red carpet entrance, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, hosted bar, live and silent auctions, local art displays, and dancing to live entertainment.

Tickets to An Evening in Bloom are $100 and all proceeds will support the mission of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to cultivate confident, successful girls in our community.

Girls Incorporated was founded in Carpinteria in 1971 as a summer camp for 33 girls. The club incorporated in 1974, began year-round programming in 1975, purchased a 2-bedroom house in 1978 and affiliated with Girls Clubs of America in 1982. In 1990, Girls Clubs changed its name to Girls Incorporated and our affiliate followed suit. In 1994, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria began a $2.4 million capital campaign resulting in the building of a 16,000 square foot facility, which tripled its programming capacity. Currently, Girls Inc. serves over 700 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County.

For more information about Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, please visit girlsinc-carp.org or call (805) 684-6364.

October 11 is International Day of the Girl!


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