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Girls Incorporated of Delaware 2011 Annual Report

From the Executive Director and the Board President 2011 was a year of many changes for Girls Inc of Delaware. We sold the Margaret Rose Henry (Kiwanas) branch, expanded our programs in more schools and locations throughout the state, and were able to help thousands of girls “discover their full potential.” Our girls were part of a pilot IT program, visited the White House, mentored each other, learned how to avoid peer pressure, cooked healthy foods, and exercised their brains and their bodies. Our professionally trained staff worked tirelessly to ensure all girls saw the possibilities awaiting them. The organization continues to grow in the number of girls and communities served. Our presence in Kent and Sussex Counties will increase significantly in 2012 with the Latina Initiative. The impact we have made in these girls’ lives ripples through their families, their communities, and, ultimately, our world. I invite you to get to know us better; volunteer; join a committee; become part of GirlSYNC (our

Young Professionals Group); sponsor a girl to attend camp; come to the gala in May. It is so important that we all remain focused and passionate about what we are doing, how we are doing it and where we are headed. And when you meet these girls, you understand why we do it and continue to do so: Dianne Vickery has worked here for 42 years, Kim Schubert, 19 years, and Ella McFarland, 11 years. These girls and women inspire me every day, and I hope you and I can do the same for them.

Brenda A. Algar Executive Director Vice President Joe Biden, Brenda Algar Dr. Jill Biden

Each of us knows a woman or a girl who has faced some sort of bias. Maybe it was you, or your mother, or your sister. Someone told you that “girls didn’t study science or become engineers”. It happened to me. My guidance counselor in high school suggested the following career paths – teacher, nurse, secretary, flight attendant or housewife – those were my only options. My father, who turned out to be my biggest advocate was furious. I grew up in a science family and becoming an engineer was in my blood. But I know not every girl has the same advantages I did. That’s why I became involved, worked with President Zenaida Otero Gephardt, and became Board President in September 2011. At Girls Inc, we see first-hand the difference we make in girls’ lives. From the age of 6 to the age of 18, these young women are given the opportunity to see a different future. They aren’t told what they can’t do, but have their eyes opened up to what they can do. Our staff guides them through activities, experiments, creative projects and discussions. In a girls only environment, they are free to succeed, to fail, to try again. They build computers from pieces and parts. They are free to discuss sensitive issues or what they’ll wear to the White House. These future scientists, teachers, designers, managers, and moms leave Girls Inc. prepared for college. They are prepared for a new road, prepared to make good decisions, and prepared to give back to their families and to their communities.

Board President Suzette M. Schultz

I hope the girls I have met will return to share their experiences with me and with the new girls. I believe each moment you or I can give to this organization really does make a difference for these girls. We are changing lives, one girl at a time!

At Girls Inc. we participated in many

2011 Revenue

career exploration activities as well Government Grants


9% United Way



6% 11%


as a job-preparedness workshop. The skills and attitudes that I learned through Girls Inc. not only gave me the courage to apply for and ulti-

Corporations and Foundations

mately win a summer job, but to also

Investment Income

working.—Jackie, 17

perform at a professional level once

Who we serve: Family Income 4% 1% 2% 5%

Less than $10,000 $10,000-$15,000 $15,000-$20,000

52% 36%

$20,000-$25,000 $25,000-$30,000 $30,000-$50,000

Who we serve: Diverse Population Asian

2% 6% 27%

African American Latina


Caucasian 13%


Who we serve: Age Groups 4% 15% 36%

5-8 year olds 9-11 year olds 12-14 year olds 15-18 year olds


Program Director Dianne Vickery was invited to be one of 22 members of the Delaware STEM Consortium. Agencies, schools and University of Delaware are discussing the future of STEM initiatives throughout the state.

Program Highlights

Girls Inc. served 185


throughout the state with Operation SMART program. An additional 20 girls were introduced to the BuildIT program in Bayard Middle School. The Delaware program, which is part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative, is one of fifteen sites to pilot the program.

This program consisted of three units teaching the girls the basics starting from design process to computer design and eventually to web design. The program was offered to 6 -8th grade girls who met the academic criteria. They met two days a week, during first period. Staff training has begun to bring the next three units to girls. th

Girls Inc gave me the opportunity to finish high school and made my dream come true on helping me out to go to college. The help that I got through Girls Inc. made me a stronger woman. -Anonymous alumna

Aim High and Up programs implemented our national program Friendly PEERsuasion one night a week for twelve weeks. Program Manager Joanna Pennell led the program after receiving a grant from Girls Inc National to attend the training. This program assisted our girls in developing skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. This is a two-part substance abuse prevention program that teaches girls healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media, and other pressures. The second part of the program is upon graduation the girls assume the role as a PEERsuader for the younger girls. Thirteen girls graduated from the program and are still learning how to be positive and effective PEERsuaders for the younger girls of Girls Inc. as well as girls in their families or community. The girls are excited to start up the next national program which will be “Will Power, Won’t Power.”


Girls Inc provides a SAFE HAVEN In summer 2011, the Department of Children, Youth and their Families awarded Girls Incorporated a grant to run a free program to girls ages 9-18, three nights a week from July through the end of September. This program attracted many new girls throughout the Browntown and Hedgeville communities to come to a safe place during the hours of 4-8pm. The program consisted of a variety of activities for the girls that included hiking, fitness challenges, nature tours, horse farm visits, tennis instrucSince 2006, Girls Inc of Delaware has delivered “Media Literacy Program: Media and Me” to the second and third grades in Townsend Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District. The program is offered as part of the school’s Talent Development Program.

48 girls explored a variety of

tion, and outdoor games. A computer education course that instructed the use of blogs as well how to design a web page was also offered to the girls. Some of the other fun things that the girls learned were healthy cooking and baking alternatives, arts and crafts, candle making, and drug and alcohol awareness.

107 youths participated in the gymnastics program. 92 girls and 15 boys.

media by playing media twister, journaling, role playing, taste testing, examining logos, looking at how girls and women are portrayed in the media, analyzing boy toys vs. girl toys, violence (real and fake), and media careers. The results of the pre and post survey indicated that they increased their media knowledge about violence, stereotypes, and media in general.


The Enrichment Club is offered two days a week as part of our afterschool program. One day focuses on literacy and the second on math skills. Using a combination of technical skills, related hands-on games, writing, spelling, and application of learned skills, the students are steadily improving in these areas. Girls felt more confident in the classroom and less intimidated when called upon by teachers.

Donors 2011 (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2011; please let us know if there are any omissions or corrections)

Individuals Strong, Smart & Bold Society ($25,000-$1,000) Anonymous,

in honor of Dale & Clarice Wolf Richard L. Arvedlund Harry Glaze Lynn Glaze Lynn Herrick Sharp Ellen Kullman Holly Lissner Kathleen Furey McDonough Alan Palmer Patricia Ponzo Danielle Rice and Jeffrey Berger Suzette M. Schultz Lorraine Serva Mark Victoria Dale and Clarice Wolf Inspire Sponsorship ($999-500) Anonymous Margarita Cone Catherine Dean-Gooderham and Robert Gooderham Vernita Dorsey Linda Drake Cynthia Flynn and Deidre Boyle Kia J. Green Barbara Uberti Manerchia Jennifer McKenzie Zenaida Otero Gephardt Dream Sponsorship ($499-100) Anonymous Jayne Armstrong Myrna and Tom Bair Evelyn Brantley Sandra Caldwell Ann and Edmund Chilton Mayor James Baker Bonnie Copeland Alan Craig Batholomew Dalton Lisa and Donald Davis Claire DeMatteis Allyson and Matthew DiRocco, Jr. Anthony and Catherine Flynn Elizabeth Gemmill Richard Gentsch

(Dream cont.) Ellen and Pietro Giorgi Danielle Gibbs Carlyse Giddins Suzanne and Stuart Grant Nancy and Michael Graves Sharon and Glenn Hake Margaret Rose Henry Sidney W. Hess Ilona Holland Heidi and Phil Immediato Janice Jessup Suzy and Dan Johnson Marcia and Morton Kimmel Lewis Lazarus Susan and Darren Leeman Carol Levin June and Frank MacArtor Robert I. Marshall Ella McFarland M. Diana Metzger Katherine Neikirk Jodi and John Newcomer Chandra Nilekani Charlotte Peyton-Badchkam Julie Pfeffer Joyce M. RochĂŠ Penny Saridakis Marcela and Mariano Savelski JoAnn and Fred Sears Kristen Shaw Kim Shubert Jennifer Steiner Constance and Emilio Stellini Janice P. Tunell,

in honor of Kathleen Furey McDonough Doris and Donald Tutko Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Vaughan, Jr. Marianne and Christopher Viceconte Dianne Vickery Linda White Martha White Believe Sponsorship ($99-$1) Tara Agne Michael Baffone Dana Balick Rahim C. Banks Sally Brittingham Charles Britton David and Gwen Brown

(Believe cont.) William and Barbara Buckley Nicholas Caggiano Mary A. Capria Martha and Tom Carper Anthony and Adrienne Casale Tim Cashman Deborah and David Compton Donna Connor Virginia and Allan Darnel Juliet Dee Andrea DelCollo Kathleen DiRocco Tara DiRocco Cynthia Dwyer Lora Englehart Shirley Fisch Jane and Robert Frelick Maxine Gaiber Meredith Giacco Faith and Michael Goldman George Govatos Joanne Govatos Irwin J. Gross Linda Head Anne Marie and Tom Higley Phyllis Hill Catherine T. Coridan and Edward T. Hogan Caroline and Mark Jones Donna J. Jones Bridget Kelly Anne M. Kennard Theresa Klopp Sylvia Lewis Maureen Lissner Arlene Martin MaryAnne McCarthy Mary Ann McClemens Christina Moncaleri Emilie Rajatanam Ninan Kristyn Niski Anne Nutter Lauren O'Boyle Doris M. Perry Meghan Perry Olivia D. Roane Robert Saunders Suzanne Shealy Gail Simpson Karen Small Theresa Stover Rita Turner

(Believe cont.) Carol and Anthony Viceconte Peter Viceconte Mary Lynn Vincent Deborrah Wilson Larry Wozniak Dolores and Joseph Zakielarz

2011 Evening of Celebration and Annual Campaign Honorary Chair

Corporations, Foundations and Agencies

Tina Betz

AAUW Artesian Water Company Arthur Hall Insurance AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Bank of America Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware Christmas Shop Foundation City of Wilmington Delaware Center for Justice Delaware Community Foundation Delmarva Power Company DSCYF DuPont Corporation Fund For Women Great Dames, Inc. M&T Bank Maloney & Company Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams New Castle County Executive Office PNC Foundation Potter, Anderson & Corroon, LLP Professional Staffing Associates, Inc. Renzi Bernardi Suarez & Co., P.A. State of Delaware United Way W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. WSFS Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Kathleen Furey McDonough Strong, Smart & Bold Honorees Connie Bond Stuart

Carla Markell

Discover Girls Inc. Award Governor and Mrs. Dale Wolf Staff Member of the Year Kim Shubert Community Partner Awards AstraZeneca Bank of America Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP Service Award Sid Hess

In-Kind Donors 2 Fat Guys Catering Barbara Phillips Carol Ireland Collins Building Supply Continental Jewelers Flowers by Yukie Iron Hill Brewery Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen, Continental Jewelers, Tina Betz, Governor Dale E. Wolf, Mrs. Clarice Wolf, Connie Bond Stuart, First Lady Carla Markell

Board of Directors

The mission of Girls Incorporated of Delaware is to inspire all girls to become “strong, smart, and bold. SM� This is a philosophy that we incorporate into all aspects of our programs. It is our belief that all girls have the right to: Be themselves and resist gender stereotypes; To express themselves with originality and enthusiasm; To take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in their success; To accept and appreciate their bodies; To have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world; To prepare for interesting work and economic independence

Suzette M. Schultz, President Kia Green, 1st Vice President Sharon Hake, 2nd Vice President Allyson M. DiRocco, Secretary Richard Arvedlund, Treasurer Holly Lissner, Co-Treasurer Zenaida Otero-Gephardt,

Immediate Past President

~ Girls Bill of Rights

Vernita Dorsey Richard A. Gentsch Barbara Uberti Manerchia Patricia Ponzo Danielle Rice Lorraine Serva Marianne Viceconte Mark Victoria Administrative Staff Brenda Algar, Executive Director Dianne Vickery, Program Director Valerie Jermusyk, Advancement Lisa Schneider, Office Coordinator Dennison Branch Ella McFarland, GED Coordinator Joanna Pennell, Program Manager Claymont Branch Kim Shubert, Lead Instructor Nicole Amalfitano John R. Downes Elementary School Gymnastics Program Krystle Benedetto, Instructor Jennifer Scholler, Instructor Deborrah Wilson, Lead Instructor

About Girls Inc. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 125,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at


Girls Inc. of Delaware 1019 Brown Street Wilmington, DE 19805 (302) 575-1041



Girls Inc of Delaware Annual Report-2011  

Girls Inc of Delaware 2011 report of financials, programs and donors.

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