September 24
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarians of the week are Win and Keith for attending the public relations seminar on Tuesday night.
Pam announced that you can buy tickets to support the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk by purchasing a chance to win a basket for $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.
There are new brochures to explain Rotary with applications attached. Ask Al if you haven’t already received one.
There will be a Barrel Wrap at Food Bank on Saturday at 8:00 to support Second Harvest. Be there if you signed up.
Stan says we still need detectives for Oct 1st and 22nd. If you have never been a detective, speak to Stan about volunteering!
 
Story
  Karen introduced our speakers today, Patty Fernandez and Virginia Howard   from Girls Inc of the Central Coast.  Their mission is to inspire girls to be Strong Smart and Bold© and to respect themselves and the world around them. They serve Santa Cruz Monterey and San Benito County. 
Virginia Howard said they are part of a national network of programs that deliver research based interventions to girls aged 8-18 to prepare them for economic independence and confident adulthood.  They serve almost 1000 girls a year.
 
 
 
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Patty Fernandez gave us the history of the program in East Salinas which started with an idea that the girls needed to know they could have higher goals than just graduating high school in 1999. They decided to affiliate with Girls Inc a national organization.  They work with school benchmarks in school curriculum. She explained they have just expanded into Santa Cruz County with the Pajaro School District ECHO leadership program which focuses on what is needed to prepare girls for college. She shared with us a short video which covered the programs they provide including ECHO, the Youth Leaders program, the Smart Choices summer program, the Will power/Won’t power program, Friendly PEERsuasion  and Growing Together as well as Strong Smart and Bold Summer camps. The girls featured in this video emphasized the role that Girls Inc has had in changing their lives.
These programs meet twice a month on campus and there is a strong peer element. For instance ECHO graduates return and are hired back to mentor girls later. The emphasis is on further education as well as how to avoid substance use during high school.  The Strong Smart and Bold also includes financial  planning and self-defense. Sex education is also provided.   Other programs emphasize public speaking and confidence building.
There is a fundraiser and silent auction on Sunday Oct 11th at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County in Aptos from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. RSVP to Patty at pattygirlsinccc@gmail.com.