August 28, 2006

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Partners With Excelsior Youth Center


Morgan Smith
msmith@girlsincdenver.org
(303) 893-4363
Denver, CO - Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver announced in July that it has partnered with Excelsior Youth Center to provide consistent on-going programs to girls living at the Excelsior facilities. Excelsior Youth Center is a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls. This partnership is particularly important because it brings together Girls Inc.'s effective educational enrichment and risk prevention programs with a group of girls who urgently need them. Funding for this project comes from donations to both nonprofit organizations.

The program, called Girls Inc. at Excelsior, started in July of this year, includes six six-week programs offered annually. Topics include teen pregnancy prevention, economic literacy, substance abuse prevention, and life skills - skills the girl will need to become independent, successful women who make smart choices. There will also be a community service component in partnership with the Junior Optimist Club.

Excelsior, founded by nuns in the early 1900's as a home for runaways, now treats girls from all over the U.S. who have emotional and/or behavioral problems. These girls, who have seemingly been given up on by society, face difficult challenges often without the support of family or friends. In addition to mental health treatment that Excelsior provides, Girls Inc.'s workshops will provide a consistent opportunity for them to grow and learn as they prepare to re-enter society.

"This program will make a huge difference in the lives of these girls. We will be able to support them in their personal development and teach them skills to become self-sufficient and responsible and in many cases prevent their return to a treatment facility," stated Angell Perez-Williams, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver's Director of Outreach and Teen Programs. "We are very honored to have this opportunity and look forward to an effective partnership that enhances the lives of hundreds of girls in the near future."
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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