Girls Inc. Receives Mentoring Grant for Middle School Program

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GirlsIncOfLynn-notm-no-incorporatedGirls Inc. of Lynn will be hosting their annual “Mentoring: The After-Work Perk” recruitment event on Tuesday, September 20 from 5-6 p.m. at Girls Inc. of Lynn on 50 High Street. Those interested in becoming a mentor can learn more about the program and meet the Girls Inc. of Lynn middle school staff. For more information, contact Hai Hyunh, middle school mentoring program coordinator, at 781.592.9744 ext. 265, or hhuynh@girlsinclynn.org.

Girls Inc. of Lynn has received a State Mentoring Matching grant for $22,000 from the Mass Mentoring Partnership, a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts. The grant supports Girls Inc. of Lynn’s middle school group mentoring program, which pairs a woman mentor with four girls for 1.5 hour-long weekly mentoring sessions from mid-October through mid-June. This year’s grant will fund 80 middle schools girls in mentoring relationships. Each group plans fun and interactive activities that inspire girls to feel valued and supported through a positive relationship with a caring adult. Girls’ attitudes improve toward school and their social and emotional competencies increase throughout the year.

Each grant recipient is required to match the grant amount with an additional $22,000 from other sources of support. The State Mentoring Marching grants are the only state investment solely dedicated to expanding quality mentoring across Massachusetts.

“We are delighted to receive a State Mentoring Matching grant because we know that mentoring is a powerful way to enrich girls’ lives,” says Deb Ansourlian, executive director of Girls Inc. of Lynn. “Through the mentoring programs, girls are paired with caring, accomplished adults who can motivate, nurture, teach, inspire and show them by example how to be Strong, Smart, and Bold in achieving their potential.”

Girls Inc. of Lynn is a nonprofit organization based in Lynn, Massachusetts, and an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. model. Girls Inc. of Lynn aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing their capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community. By providing girls aged 5-18 with after-school and summer programs tailored to their needs, Girls Inc. of Lynn has served as a vigorous advocate for all girls in the surrounding North Shore communities since 1942


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