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Girls Inc. to Throw “College Shower” for College-bound Members

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Girls Inc. helps young girls learn to be productive members of the community.

Girls Inc. of Worcester will be throwing its 2nd annual "college shower" on Thursday for eleven deserving college-bound girls. The local, graduating senior girls will be receiving much-needed college supplies courtesy of the University of Phoenix, including a nook, dorm room furnishings, and other school-related items that they will need to succeed as they enter college in the Fall. All the honored girls have participated in Girls Inc. programming that seeks to give young girls the opportunity to learn, grow and become effective members of the community, especially in leadership roles.

"In most traditions, females get honored and "showered" with gifts to offset the expenses incurred from starting a new life as a mom or wife. At Girls Inc., we believe that graduating from high school and going to college are reasons to celebrate and so we honor and "shower" our high school grads," says Victoria Waterman, CEO of Girls Inc. of Worcester.

"Many of our girls overcome large obstacles, break stereotypes, and are among the first in their families to go to college. We are proud to gather the community to support our girls for their monumental achievements."

Girls Inc. has a connection with the University of Phoenix through former board president, now CEO, of Girls Inc. and President of “Leading Women Mass”, Victoria Waterman. She met with the newly appointed Boston Campus Director, Jodi Ashbrook, and they realized they shared a common passion for women and girl's leadership.

“University of Phoenix was founded on the principle of providing access to higher education to all working adults,” said Ashbrook.

“The University is proud to partner again with Girls Inc., and make sure this year’s College Shower recipients have the essential tools to start their higher education journey and to help them prepare to achieve their academic goals.”

The Honored Girls

The girls being honored include: Stacy Mwangi, Fiona Mwariama and Melissa Torres of Burncoat Senior High School; Yaniz Lopez-Colon of North High School; Stephanie Adu Keboah, Nicauris Heredia, Kefiana Kabati, Uma Chapagain and Veronica Safowaah of South Community High School; and Sarah Fabricotti and Yaa Poku of St. Peter-Marian High School.

The event will take place 4- 6 pm at Alden Hall at 125 Providence Street in Worcester. For more information on Girls Inc. of Worcester please click here. For more information on the University of Phoenix click here.


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