The Oakland Raiders players CB TJ Carrie, LB Bruce Irvin, RB Marshawn Lynch and S Keith McGill met this week with members of Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s Advocating Change Together (ACT) program and discussed current events and issues and how to advocate for change in our community.
The players and young ladies spent an hour in a conference room at Girls Inc.’s Simpson Center offices in downtown Oakland, where they shared views that aligned with the NFL’s call to “Foster dialogue and encourage respect and unity” and to “Use our platform to bring people together to spark meaningful societal change.”
In addition, the Raiders presented a $20,000 donation to Girls Inc. that goes towards funding the ACT program, an advocacy and leadership initiative for high school girls who are committed to creating social change. ACT leaders are trained in community organizing strategies, youth participatory research, public speaking, facilitation and leadership skills.
Girls Inc. of Alameda County is an affiliate of the national organization, Girls Incorporated, the nation’s leading voice for girls. Through innovative programs and cutting-edge research, Girls Inc. is leading the fight to inspire all girls to become strong, smart and bold.
The Raiders have a longstanding association with Girls Inc. Most recently, the Raiders hosted members of Girls Inc. at the team’s Alameda Training Facility for the Youth Empowerment Summit which focused on the intersection of STEM and the sports industry, marking the third straight year that the Raiders have hosted local young women for this event. Raiders players also visited Girls Inc.’s Downtown Oakland offices to help provide young ladies with items needed for college.