Girls Inc recognized for their substance abuse prevention work

Girls Inc is a US-based non-profit that provides programming for girls in the areas of science and technology, financial literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, college prep and career exploration, leadership development, and media literacy.

Recently, Girls Inc was recognized  as a White House Champion of Change for their work in substance abuse prevention. LaKisha R. Bryant, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Albany, GA comments on their approach:

Girls Inc. works with girls at critical ages when peers are becoming more influential, and helps them develop healthy responses to pressures from friends, boyfriends, media, and other sources. Currently, we focus on prevention with girls 11-14. We then provide opportunities for them to teach younger girls and their communities what they have learned.

Girls Inc. begins by addressing key ways and reasons girls use and abuse substances. For example, girls are more likely to be introduced to substances by an older boyfriend, so we talk about healthy relationships. Girls often initiate smoking to lose weight, so we help girls build a healthy body image. Our girls-only environment and supportive staff encourage honest and safe exploration of these topics.

Read more about Girls Inc’s approach to substance abuse prevention in  Empowering Girls to Break the Cycle of Substance Abuse. The Girls Inc web site is filled with facts, programming ideas and resources and is definitely worth a visit if you work with girls or are a girl or know a girl. A couple of things to check out: