April 10, 2006

Girls Inc. Teens Wins National Photo Contest

Bonnie Trowbridge
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Denver, CO - Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver announced that two girls from the "Be Yourself" Teen Center have won prizes in a national photography contest. This contest was part of an advocacy initiative called "Safe in My World", which uses photography to raise public awareness about girls' experiences of violence and concerns about safety. Girls photographed images of violence and safety in their communities and submitted them for the contest along with captions. Over 1,000 images were submitted. The best 20 photographs will be exhibited on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to raise public awareness and bring national attention to violence and safety in girls' lives. In addition, the top three photographs will appear in a national Girls Inc. publication.

Franki Zinke, age 13 and a student at Skinner Middle School, won first place for her photo "Fence" and her second photo, "You Don't Have to Be Alone" was in the top twenty. She hopes to be able to go to Washington, D.C. to be able to see her photos on exhibit there. Ms. Zinke says, "The class was great and was my first real photography class. I love photography, and there's no limit to what you can do with it. At Girls Inc. I am learning that I don't have to follow and be like everyone else because I am my own unique person."

Christina Martinez, age 13 and a student at Lake Middle School, also placed in the top 20, with her photo of West Colfax called "Colfax St." and will also have her work exhibited on Capital Hill.

"We know that our programs give girls effective tools to deal with violence in their worlds," said Colleen Colarelli, President & CEO of Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver. "It is rewarding to see girls advocating for their needs through these photos and to know that they will be seen by so many people in Washington D.C."
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, go to www.girlsincdenver.org.
The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. We believe that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence.

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