This just in from Jen at Girls Inc NYC. I love the concept of funding girls' projects. Girls get the opportunity to develop their own ideas into projects and then see the results in the real world. This isn't slacktivism-- this is the real thing!
Alpha Girls Grants of $1,000 Available for Girls ages 12 – 18!
Morgan Stanley Global Infrastructure Solutions has sponsored a "Pay It
Forward" project called Alpha Girls. Alpha Girls is all about
promoting strength in character and self esteem to young women.
Who are Alpha Girls? They are girls who:
*Want… and can… make a difference.
*Are respectful of their health, body, and mind; appreciate the "unique" you.
*Focus on achievement: do their best in academics, art, music, sports,
*Are caring: treat people fairly and kindly, help others, do not
allow anyone to bully or be bullied.
*Do the greater good: help fix the world's problems – environment,
*Are leaders: stand up for what they believe and inspire others to do
The mission of our Alpha Girls project is:
"To educate, inspire, and empower young women (ages 12-18) to become
leaders who love, respect and believe in themselves and others. We
will do this by hosting Lunch & Learn sessions with Alpha Girl role
models, and by encouraging and assisting girls to 'pay it forward' in
their communities through a mini-grant program."
What is an Alpha Girls - Pay it Forward Project?
We are collaborating with Girls Inc. of NYC to fund each girl with
$1,000.00 to implement their Alpha Girls – Pay it Forward Project that
will benefit your community.
Examples of projects:
**Buying refurbished computers, sports equipment, musical instruments,
or art supplies for your school, library, or recreation center.
**Making or buying toys for the children's ward of your local hospital.
**Planting a garden or painting your school, library, or recreation center.
All applications are due by October 15, 2007.
To learn more about Alpha Girls, view the grant guidelines and
download the grant application, please visit our website
alphagirlvalues.org or call Jennifer at 212-531-7620.