Atlanta, GA – Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta is proud to announce that we have recently been awarded an operating grant of $3,500 from The WIT Foundation for the Operation SMART. The WIT Foundation has supported Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta since 2009, providing much needed funding for the agency to fulfill its mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. “The WIT Foundation is honored to support an organization like Girls, Inc.,” said Monica Thornton, executive director of WIT. “The work they do in supporting the development of girls into strong, confident women perfectly complements our own edict, which is to support and encourage the development of girls and women in STEM across the entire lifecycle of their careers. Our organizations are ensuring a bright future in which today’s girls will serve as tomorrow’s role models.”

Girls Inc. provides programs via its Marietta Center, a facility based program that runs year round, and an Outreach Program that partners with local schools, churches and youth serving organizations throughout metropolitan Atlanta to provide signature Girls Inc. programs outside the walls of its facility.

“We are thrilled that the WIT Foundation recognizes the tremendous resource of the Girls Inc. Operation SMART program and the vital impact the program curriculum has on the development of the girl,” says President/CEO, Anno Hardage. She goes on to express the need for organizations like Girls Inc. to give girls opportunities to interact with successful female role models to serve as mentors like those employed by Women in Technology.

Girls Inc. is a gender-specific, youth serving organization that provides research-based programs helping girls overcome the effects of gender inequity and become self-sufficient, responsible, and economically-empowered women. Since its inception in 1976, Girls Inc. has served approximately 100,000 girls in metro Atlanta. Girls Inc. has positioned itself as a leading organization that addresses the needs of girls between the ages of 6 and 18, from low and moderate income families, who seek safe and creative programs to improve their life outcomes. Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated) and bold (independent).