Inspiring girls to become entrepreneurs of the Future

submission by DMWilliams

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, WhizGirls

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Girls Inc. delivers innovative, research-based programs to address the strengths & needs of girls to face life's challenges. Through project based learning & gamification, WhizGirls empowers & trains girls with digital language and entrepreneurship.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Girls ages 12 to 18 are inspired to pursue post-secondary education and career paths in mathematical, scientific and technical fields. The program combines sports, creativity and personal development activities with an intensive summer camp experience, educational and experiential opportunities during the school year, and career development opportunities for older participants.

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@WhizGirls & @GirlsIncLA unite to CREATE , EMPOWER & EDUCATE future tech leaders! @LA2050 #strongsmartbold

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.


1.4 million computer specialist job openings are expected in the U.S. by 2020, but only 30% of these positions are expected to be filled by U.S. computing graduates. Currently only 12% of engineers are U.S. women; 2% of engineers are women from underrepresented minorities. By teaching and inspiring girls to be interested in coding and giving them the skills to face life’s challenges we are preparing girls to become successful professionals in computer science fields. Girls Inc. takes a comprehensive approach to working with girls with the ultimate goal of on time graduation from high school and the tools needed to attend and graduate from a four year college. Collaborating with Whiz Girls to give the girls the tools to learn coding and stay interested in technology will produce strong, educated and entrepreneurial women.
To double our impact, not only will we teach coding and entrepreneurship to inner city middle school and high school girls through our healthy balanced lifestyle way of life including meditation/yoga, etc, We will empower teachers and train them with WhizGirls Academy curriculum as well.Our goal is to empower these girls with entrepreneurship skills and create empowered leaders. Essentially we are fostering the girls and giving them the digital skills to survive and thrive in the digital age that we live in. And most importantly we are creating the pipeline of future female tech founders by training them at an early age.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The effectiveness of the program will be measured by pre-surveys, post-surveys, and a follow-up survey one year after participation. Evaluation results will help us:
Monitor girls’ knowledge and skills as they progress through the program.
Tailor our programming to fit the needs of girls.
Report to funders about our progress.
Keep in touch with alumnae as they enter college and the workforce.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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WhizGirls Academy provides girls with opportunities and career awareness. The girls are very lucky to have a balanced healthy lifestyle tech and entrepreneur focused program.
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by FredS
6 months ago

This is amazing for building self-esteem in young women!

by Akurso
6 months ago

"Thank you all again for this wonderful opportunity (WhizGirls Academy) for our Washington students. The students are still buzzing about what a great experience it was for them. Many of them are talking about the experience of getting to see their coding - they were really blown away by that.

Thank you for taking the time to work with, guide, and inspire our students. They need and deserve experiences like this in order to show them the kinds of careers and opportunities that are out there for them. Also, many of the students told me how the whole experience of the day made them feel important and special. That, in itself, is beyond value!"
-M.T Principal of Washington Middle School in Long Beach

by BBG1
6 months ago

Mentoring girls changes lives

by tristan.kiyan
6 months ago

From a young age, Graciela felt la vida no siempre es justa—life isn’t always fair. The feeling came from the things she saw while growing up in a neighborhood filled with gang violence. As a result, she resolved to keep her head down and remain as invisible as possible.

When Graciela joined Girls Inc., this all changed. Here, she found her inner strength, confidence, and courage. She was exposed to YESS, a program that equips girls with the skills to make informed decisions about their money and empowers them to become entrepreneurs. After Nathan, a Girls Inc. mentor she described at the time as “the scary man with big voice,” told her not to settle when you’re “destined for something much greater,” she felt for the first time that she was no longer invisible. Graciela credits Nathan with helping her discover her voice. Stepping into a leadership role through YESS proved to Graciela that she could do anything she set her mind to and to never settle for anything small.

Today, Graciela is a $20,000 Girls Inc. National Scholar recipient who is pursuing a bachelor in entrepreneurship—her high school passion—from San Jose State University. Her dream is to own her own bakery with her best friend.

“My childhood may have been a living nightmare, but thanks to Girls Inc. I am now safe to dream again.”

by Brenda85
6 months ago

When girls are challenged they succeed!

by dkiyan
6 months ago

After having girls participate in Girls Inc. at Barrett Elementary school, Mrs. Banks has seen an incredible difference in her girls. The girls are now more focused in class, ready to learn, and eager to participate in class discussion!

by valsal27
6 months ago

Inspiring all girls to be LEGENDARY!

by lroman89
6 months ago

The girls now feel empowered to be leaders on the playground!

by valsal27
6 months ago

When you invest in a girl, you invest in the world!

by valeriesalerie
6 months ago

I live to see the girls excited about science and have the confidence to succeed!

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Melissa was shy the first day she came to Girls Inc., she participated in the discussion and activities after much prodding but spent most of her time texting. The next day she was back, still apprehensive about participating she sat at the back and watched most of the time. When she left that day she left a note, in the note she explained that she was bullied everyday at school and at home. Being welcomed at Girls Inc. gave her hope that she would have friends and somewhere safe to go.

by GirlsIncLA
6 months ago

Thank you all again for this wonderful opportunity for our Washington students. The students are still buzzing about what a great experience it was for them. Many of them are talking about the experience of getting to see their coding - they were really blown away by that.

Thank you for taking the time to work with, guide, and inspire our students. They need and deserve experiences like this in order to show them the kinds of careers and opportunities that are out there for them. Also, many of the students told me how the whole experience of the day made them feel important and special. That, in itself, is beyond value!

by BBG1
6 months ago

Through a Girls Inc. mentoring program, Jennifer found the strength to overcome a negative self-image. Her participation in STEM programming at Girls Inc. also introduced Jennifer to a career path involving math and science - something she never considered before this exposure. As a result, she plans to pursue a career in Civil Engineering.

by dkiyan
6 months ago

Girls benefit from coding!

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Thank you for being part of the change.

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Thank you for dreaming!

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

We want all girls to succeed.

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Excited to see the impact of Girls Inc. benefitting the girls in the class.

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Important for girls to be leaders.

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Thank you for investing! Spread the word

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

Thank you for supporting Girls Inc.!

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

All girls deserve to create their own legend!

by DMWilliams
6 months ago

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