SMC Is Helping Girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold

Over 350,000 girls under the age of 18 live in Alameda County, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2005 American Community Survey, more than 13% of them live in a single-family home below the poverty line.

To help empower girls to expand their sense of what they can accomplish, SMC has teamed up with Girls Incorporated of Alameda County to sponsor a young intern.

For the past 45-years, the non-profit organization has provided academic and skill-building programs and real-life options to girls around the East Bay. According to the organization’s website, each year Girls Inc. serves more than 7,000 low-income girls aged between 6-18 through programs offered at over 40 schools and community sites in Alameda County. Sixty percent of girls served are from families earning less than $30,000 annually, and 82% come from families of color.

To do its part in helping mentor young girls today, the Office of the President will host a high school intern enrolled in the Girls Inc Eureka! program starting July 2. The intern will develop skills with computers, sharpen administrative and communication skills, and increase her opportunity to form supportive mentor relationships with SMC staff.

“The Eureka! program is thrilled to partner with Samuel Merritt College again this summer. A very lucky intern will be allowed to explore the world of higher education and experience the ins and outs of a dynamic office and a first-class learning institution,” said Lindsay White, Eureka! Internship Coordinator, Girls Incorporated of Alameda County.

An important element of the SMC’s vision is to establish strong relationships within the community to help increase the learning potential of high school students. Investing in mentorship programs is an investment in sustaining the future of the College. Being involved with Girls Inc allows the college to achieve that through the mentorship of one girl, a seemingly small step that will help lead to increasing all student learning and achievement.

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