2017 gradsCongratulations to the Girls Inc. of Memphis Class of 2017! Our just-graduated class of 28 seniors has made indelible marks on their schools, their communities and on our hearts. And they're ready for the world--look out!

This group of amazing young women has achieved firsts and set records that can't be ignored. For starters, 100 percent of the class graduated on time and all received college scholarships, four getting full rides. As if that weren't enough, those scholarship awards add up to a whopping $3,176,630! What's more, all 28 of these strong, smart and bold girls took part in the full five years of our Eureka! program. the first cohort to do so.

Pictured here are five of the grads: Trinity Worthy, Syreeta Jones, Arya Burney-Moorehead, JaSharra Cole and Jada Watson from our most recent Celebration Luncheon.

White Station graduate Rahni Stewart is one of the full-ride recipients, preparing to major in business entrepreneurship at The University of Houston, She's clear about what Girls Inc. and Eureka! have done for her and says that in her 10 years at Girls Inc. she was encouraged to dream and be confident.

"Joining Eureka just made me even more confident and allowed me to discover more career fields and opinions about what could be done. Girls Inc. taught me that there were and are no limits to what I am capable of and that the only thing I needed to do was to have a belief in.my.own abilities."

Now's also a good time to honor alums preparing for another semester in college, like the three  pictured at right at our Celebration Lunch in June: Asha' Lester, alums at lunchNicara Bailey and Jameka Hayes. Asha says Girls Inc. prepared her to excel in college - and to be able to hold down a job at Target while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

"I apply the motto of being Strong, Smart, and Bold to my every day life," Asha' said. "I was bold enough to apply for an NAACP Executive Position last year and have maintained a spot, last year as Fundraising Chair and this year as Political Action and Juvenile Justice Chair, on the Exec Board for NAACP."

Nicara, another White Station grad, says that Girls Inc. instilled in her the importance of going to college. She would never have known about Xavier University, where she's a pharmacy student, if not for Girls Inc.

Likewise, Jameka says Girls Inc. expanded her college awareness. "They provided me with all the tools of success by connecting me with a mentor and providing me with an abundance of life preparation programs."

Speaking of full circle success, let's not forget Brooke Jones, an alum who is a Senior Engineer at FedEx and received our STRONG award at this year's Celebration Lunch. Check out this video of her speech from the event!

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Empowering girls and a new generation of women leaders is the global civil rights issue of our time. It takes a village to unlock a girl’s tomorrow in today’s world. Girls Inc. is one of the critical keys to opening that door for thousands of Memphis girls. I am a proud supported because I believe that it is men who have to step up when it comes to the current plight and future hopes of all the girls within our reach. - Rabbi Micah Greenstein
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