Girls Inc. of Memphis has made the local news twice in connection with plans to revive the South City neighborhood!

WMC Action News 5 produced a big picture piece about the South City Development Project, which will funnel $200 million of city and federal funds into the area that's home to Foote Homes and Booker T. Washington High School, where we founded a new Girls Inc. center last year. The piece touches on plans that would involve Girls Inc. moving into a renovated and much larger space in the now-shuttered Georgia Elementary School across the street. Click on the thumbnail below to check it out!

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And High Ground News published a story with more details about our plans for the space in Georgia Elementary. Click the thumbnail below to read!

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A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who supported our Celebration Luncheon!

Nearly 600 guests packed the Pipkin Building to celebrate our girl and women honorees, break bread under our “big top” and raise funds to help us continue in our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Our packed house raised more than $26,000 during our luncheon’s Strong, Smart and Bold investment challenge—a record-breaking total that will provide scholarships for 52 families for whom program fees are just out of reach.

This year’s Strong, Smart and Bold Award winners personify the Girls. Inc. mission, and their inspirational words personified how and why these women serve as examples of the strong, smart and bold women Girls Inc. girls strive to be.

Brooke Jones of FedEx, the Strong Award winner, encouraged us to honor our strength by acknowledging how we each successfully overcome challenges we face each day with inner strength and character. Smart Award winner Patricia C. Howard recently retired from her 50 years with Girls Inc. She reminded our girls that they are capable of attaining their dreams through hard work, determination, and taking advantage of opportunities before them. Author and philanthropist, Becky Wilson, the Bold Award winner, motivated us to take risks and boldly make a difference in our community by giving back in a meaningful way—values that Girls Inc. girls both learn and benefit from every day.     

In addition to our donors and honorees, our full hearts are owed to more than 60 volunteers, including corporate groups from Cummins, First Tennessee, International Paper, Medtronic, and Mass Mutual. Our full bellies are grateful to Central BBQ who provided our delicious lunch and Café Society who provided the sweet treat of cookies. 

Because of all of you—sponsors, volunteers, supports, and friends—we continue to expand our ability to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. There’s still an opportunity to make a greater impact on Memphis girls. Make a gift that’s meaningful to you now.


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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 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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celebration evite 2017Each year, Girls Inc. of Memphis gathers with friends and family to honor local women. They're women who inspire Mid-South girls  - and all of us, as well - to stand on their own two feet and fight for a positive future – to be strong, smart and bold.

Join us on Wednesday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane for lunch and to pay tribute to these exceptional women and the girls they inspire.

“We're so proud of these local women who are leading the way in Memphis," said Lisa Moore, President and CEO of Girls Inc. Memphis. “They are exceptional positive role models for girls and women of any age and in any city.”


Brooke Jones, a Girls Inc. alumnus and senior engineer in the Product Movement and Engineering department at FedEx Express, will receive the STRONG award, which celebrates women who have exhibited a creative approach in building a lifestyle that focuses on healthy choices and/or have provided the tools and motivation for others to make the changes they need to take charge of their health and wellness.


Patricia Howard, former President/CEO of Girls Inc. of Memphis, will receive the SMART award, which celebrates women who have achieved significant academic success in their chosen field and/or have assisted others in reaching their academic goals – women who have achieved their personal, educational and career goals and are economically independent.


Becky Wilson - a philanthropist, writer, photographer and founder of the Bridge Builders program - will receive the BOLD award, which celebrates women who have broken barriers and been outspoken in their quest to improve our community – women who personify “take charge” attitudes and exhibit resiliency and perseverance in all they do.


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I was very shy and didn’t speak to anyone or interact with others much. I love to read, have natural hair, have been called weird. I came to Girls Inc. and because I was accepted the way I am, I came out of my shell. I tried new things, I have found my voice. - Rahni

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