Arlington, TX October 1, 2019 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County has received a $40,000 grant from Women Inspiring Philanthropy to create an initiative called “Women of Tomorrow.” The initiative encompasses a redesign and upgrade of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County’s current girl-targeted programming, TEAM and SMART Girls, which are designed to meet the developmental needs of girls spanning ages 8 to 18.
“We are grateful to Women Inspiring Philanthropy for their support of this initiative,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, CEO & President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. “The safety and wellbeing of our members is our number one priority, and this program is designed to help our girls and young women deal with the unique challenges they face.”
Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, maintaining their health and developing positive relationships with peers and adults. In an expansion of SMART Girls, Club program staff have generated goals and measurables to specifically target a cohort of 100 girls who will undergo intensive programming. The Club plans to upgrade their current T.E.A.M. program to include lessons and education about the risks that affect our women of tomorrow: sexual assault, human trafficking, sexual consent, along with financial literacy and career exploration.
Despite the fact that teen pregnancy has been a critical issue for decades, young women are facing greater modern risks: in Texas at any point, there are 79,000 victims of sex trafficking, and according to the Texas Statewide Sexual Assault Prevalence Study, 4.2 million Texan women have experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. It is glaringly apparent that in today’s world, there are countless dangers young girls face, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County has created a fresh, innovative, and strategic program that targets these particular issues in Arlington.
"Women Inspiring Philanthropy is happy to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County in order to offer such a unique and dynamic program that serves young Arlington women in the most transformative and impactful time of their lives. Women of Tomorrow addresses key issues our young girls face in the community, and it has been so inspiring to see the change we've been able to support in these girls' lives," Linda Dipert, Women Inspiring Philanthropy President.
This historic initiative will benefit the women of tomorrow in Arlington for decades to come and ensure that a bright future is within the reach of every young girl who walks through the doors of the Club.