Middle School Years Focus Of Girls Inc.'s New Link35 Initiative

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Girls Inc. will kick off Link35, a new fundraising initiative aimed at donors age 35 and under, on Thursday, with a pie mixer at Fork & Pie Bar from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Link35 is a fundraising initiative consisting of donors ages 35 and under that supports and sustains

Girls Inc.

of Chattanooga’s afterschool programs for girls ages nine to 11.


Official said, "The nine to 11 age group, known as middle childhood, is one of the most important stages of development for girls. At this time, girls have their first experiences with peer pressure as they become more independent from family relationships in favor of peer groups.  During this transition period, girls need the support of Girls Inc. programs which provide them with the skills necessary to resist peer pressure and avoid dangerous relationships and risky behavior in favor of positive decisions and healthy choices. Girls Inc. programs focus on the “whole girl” approach, developing well-rounded young women who are healthy, educated and independent – strong, smart and bold."


Link35 members raise funds and provide support for these programs through activities such as house parties, local business partnerships and personal donations. In addition to providing funding, members can also serve as role models by speaking about their careers and/or by volunteering at Girls Inc.’s afterschool sites to see firsthand the impact that their participation has on the girls.


The event is open to women and men age 35 and under who would like to learn more about Link35. To register, visit www.link35piemixer.eventbrite.com.


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