Simply being female holds inherent risks (just think of the #MeToo movement), and for many girls in DC, these risks are exacerbated by racism, discrimination, and poverty. But at Girls Inc, girls learn to develop their strengths and navigate life’s toughest challenges. Located in a safe, girls-only space, it hosts a range of programs: daily after-school sessions offer mentoring and homework help alongside a specialized curriculum (health and wellness, financial literacy, media literacy) for grades 6-9; high schoolers gather monthly for college prep, career exposure, and personal development sessions; and a six- week summer STEM & Leadership Academy further prepares girls to take charge of their futures. 100% of seniors gain college admission, some heading to Oberlin, Emerson, Harvard, and Spellman. Raising healthy, educated, independent young women – we can all do our part.