Girls Empowerment Network expands to San Antonio

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Nonprofit Girls Empowerment Network is expanding its school-based Girl Connect intervention program by establishing services in Bexar County and San Antonio. Girl Connect engages parents and guardians through regular phone calls, closed social media groups, email, and campus-based in-person and virtual meetings. (Courtesy Girls Empowerment Network)

Girls Empowerment Network is expanding its school-based Girl Connect intervention program by establishing services in Bexar County and San Antonio.

According to a release, a $7,500 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Women & Girls Development Fund will provide the seed money for this expansion.

The release said Girl Connect uses partnerships with local schools to build groups customized to meet the needs of high-risk girls ages 8-18 with a goal of encouraging girls to believe they can be successful.

Girls may be referred to the Girl Connect program for disciplinary issues, exhibiting outbursts in class, fighting, self-harm, anxiety, involvement with the juvenile justice system, frequent truancy and more. Some girls are referred directly, and others are recruited by school partners who identify them as high-risk and in need of support, the release said.

“Our expansion into Bexar County is building on the conversations we’ve had with several school districts in the San Antonio area that are looking for a partner who can help girls adopt a growth mindset, advocate effectively for themselves and change the trajectory of their lives,” GEN Executive Director Julia Cuba Lewis said in a statement.

“Our ultimate goal is to increase girls’ self-efficacy by developing what we call the six Cs—critical thinking, creativity, communication, coping skills, collaboration and confidence—all essential tools for long-term well-being and resilience.”

Officials with Girls Empowerment Network say the Girl Connect program has helped to reduce and prevent girls’ disciplinary issues; increase their…