From left to right, backrow: Marilyn Langlois, Nicole Valentino, John Gioia, Mieasha Harris, Lynette Sweet, Jael Myrick; Front row: Iliana Andrade, Victoria Ram, Tiffany Harris, Jovanka Beckles, Sharon Kidd.
Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County in Richmond recently celebrated Day of the Girl with local officials honoring young ladies of the College Bound Girls program.
Supervisor John Gioia and Jael Myrick, a representative of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, along with Richmond City Council member Jovanka Beckles were on hand to present proclamations to Iliana Andrade and Alia Edington.
“These girls need to know that they can achieve anything they set their mind to,” said Myrick during the presentation.
“Day of the Girl is a special day for girls to be acknowledged in our society, and we congratulate the young women in the program for being role models for their peers, and we commend Girls Inc. for their commitment to girls in the community,” said Gioia.
“This is a great day for all girls,” said Girls Inc. Board President Sharon Kidd.
“With the support of the community, Girls Inc. will continue to expand and touch the lives of more girls to help them strive for greatness,” said the group’s Program Coordinator Tiffany Harris.
A screening of film, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” gave guests a heartfelt glimpse into the lives of girls globally and the challenges they face in pursuing an education.
The PBS documentary shot in 10 countries showed personal accounts of family life, poverty and the great disparities in the treatment of girls compared to boys.
“Some of their circumstances are so unfair, like working a full day and having a parent say you didn’t do enough and have to study by day because there’s no electricity,” said Andrade, a member of Girls Inc.
“This film makes me appreciate the opportunities I have here,” said Brianna Alleyne.
“At Girls Inc. we encourage girls to be strong, smart and bold so they can reach their potential and break the glass ceiling,” said Girls Inc. Executive Director Mieasha Harris.
For information visit girlsinc-wcc.org.