Since 1946, Girls Inc. of Memphis has provided girls ages 6-18 with quality programming that equips them for successful adulthood. Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
Annually in Shelby County, over 2,500 girls between the ages of 6 and 18 participate in The Girls Inc. Experience.
The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, equip girls to succeed.
· The people are trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships, and peers who share their drive and aspirations.
· The environment is girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and respect.
· The research-based programming is hands-on, minds-on, and meets the needs of today’s girls to provide the age-appropriate information and knowledge so girls make decisions leading to healthy lives; succeed academically; and develop life skills to prepare for adulthood.
We equip girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated and independent. Girls build confidence and embrace positive decision-making to take charge of their health and well-being, and achieve academic, personal and career goals.
As a local affiliate of a national network, we have the benefit of national research and program departments that provide quality curriculum and outcome evaluation data. GIM is one of thirteen affiliate organizations (out of 86) to be selected to the Girls Inc. Experience Leadership Team. This team will establish a comprehensive system to track participation, program excellence, and outcomes for the entire Girls Inc. network.
In FY 15, Girls Inc. of Memphis:
· Served over 2,500 girls in year-round programming that equips them to: live a healthy lifestyle, achieve academically, and develop effective life skills.Established a three-year Growth Plan
· Established a long-term relationship with Southwest Tennessee Community College for our Eureka program
· Launched the Girls Inc. Youth Farm in Frayser
· Increased STEM programming with Medtronic robotics program and Google Made w/Code workshops
· Selected to serve on the Girls Inc. Experience Leadership Team
All girls between the ages of 6-18 who reside in the areas of our centers in the zip codes of 38111, 38107, 38125, and 38127 as well as the immediate 3 mile radius of the center. Seventy-eight percent of the girls served in the target area are African American. The other twenty-two percent list their ethnicity as Caucasian, Hispanic; others did not answer the question. The age breakdown of our girls served in the target is as follows: 5 -8 year olds 19%, 9-11 years old 27%, 12-14 years old 38%, and 15-18 years old 16%. The parents of our participants listed their income as ranging from $0-75,000. The breakdown is as follows: 36% between $0-17,235, 6% $17,236-23,265, 56% $23,266-29,295, 1% $41,356-47,385, and 1% $49,446-75,000. The majority of the participants served (93%) in target area household consists of 5 or fewer members.
Ms. Lisa Moore is a sought after leader, facilitator, consultant and speaker in areas including leadership, community development, inclusion/diversity, organizational management and strategic thinking/planning. As President/CEO of Girls Incorporated of Memphis, her career journey has come full circle. Lisa spent the first 11 years of her career with Girls Incorporated as a Program Director in Memphis, Executive Director in Massachusetts, and as a national Regional Director based in Indianapolis, where she was responsible for affiliates spanning 17 states. Her passion for advocacy led her to join the BRIDGES staff in August 1999 where she served as Vice President for 10 years. In 2009 she founded Dancing Water: Renewal for Individuals and Groups, a consulting practice providing leadership coaching, consultation, training and retreats. Her journey took an unexpected turn in 2011 and she joined FedEx Services where she developed and facilitated the new manager onboarding program, the Purple Pipeline director development program, and Living PSP culture shaping training. Lisa, a native Memphian, graduated from Memphis State University with a bachelor’s in education, received her master’s in education from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, and is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Memphis. Her commitment to community development and skills in building collaborative efforts led her to establish and provide leadership in the Haverhill (MA) Youth Council, the middle school reform think tank Concept Council of Memphis City Schools, the Urban Aspiration team of the University of Memphis’ College of Education, Imagine Memphis, Memphis/Shelby County Youth Development Collaborative and Common Ground. Her awards include, 2007 Professional Advocate of the Year from the West Region of Tennessee Conference for Social Welfare and in 2008 voted one of 12 People Who Made A Difference by the Commercial Appeal newspaper and two Bravo Zulu awards at FedEx Services. After a long and winding career road, Ms. Moore is very excited to return to the place where it all began, Girls Incorporated of Memphis!
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