When we called Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region, they were in the midst of hosting a luncheon that showcased how their organization helps girls overcome social, economic, and gender barriers. Since the organization is modeled upon community support, corporate engagement, and the participation of young girls, it’s hard to believe how many dedicated people are involved with Girls Inc. But Jessica Rowell, The Director of Program Development & Partnerships, is helping to organize a march on October 11th to now put everyone on display.
Starting at 4 p.m she’ll manage a procession from downtown Schenectady, NY to the steps of City Hall. Regardless of who walks at the front of the parade or who lags behind, when the march ends, girls will be “on top”.
Girl Rising first heard about the march from Joanne Tobiessen and Gail Gordon of the Schenectady County Working Group on Girls, which signaled to us that there’s definitely a lot of collaboration and support for sister organizations in this region. “We want to show solidarity among girls. The Mayor’s proclamation is inclusive and lists all the organizations that are involved with the parade.” Schenectady Mayor Gary R. McCarthy isn’t the only notable expected. Other dignitaries involved include Schenectady County Human Rights Commissioner Angelicia Morris, City Council Member Marion Porterfield, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, and Senator Hugh T. Farley.
Jessica expects at least 25 girls from Girls Inc. to participate and her impact goal is to have 50-75 people in attendance. They’ll chant powerful phrases such as “Girls Matter" and they’ll wear shirts designed by their Teen Representative that read: "Stay calm and be strong, smart, and bold”.
Executive Director of Girls Inc., Ashley Jeffrey, will issue a call-to-action for community involvement through charitable donation, volunteerism, and promotion. There will also be announcements detailing other upcoming Girls Inc. events including:
- A Screening of Girl Rising and panel discussion in collaboration with Junior League of Albany, Girls Scouts of Northeastern New York, Woman’s Club of Albany, Sage College of Albany and Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges.
- A Dining to Donate event at The Century House on the International Day of the Girl, with proceeds to benefit girl-centered programming.
With so many different ways to honor International Day of the Girl, Jessica has one simple directive for those who can’t attend a Girls Inc. event: “Just be aware that the day exists.”