TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation Awarded Grant to Girls Inc.

Release Date: 
Monday, October 9, 2006

Economic Literacy Program Continues to Provide the Important Fundamental Skills to Girls Ages 9-12

WORCESTER, MA, October 9, 2006 -- Girls Incorporated of Worcester was awarded funding from TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation in the amount of $2,100 to support the Economic Literacy Program - Dollars, Sense and Me for the academic year 2006 - 2007. The Economic Literacy - Dollars, Sense and Me program will serve 60 participating girls during the fall and spring sessions held at each of our two facilities - Lincoln House and Winthrop House. The project objectives for Dollars, Sense and Me are to provide girls with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to achieve financial independence and take charge of their lives. Girls Inc. created the Economic Literacy Program - Dollars, Sense and Me to help girls become smart money managers, investors, and change agents. Participants will learn broad economic concepts, as well as personal financial skills such as how to identify and count money, save, invest, budget, take informed financial risks and prepare for regarding careers. The program will also give girls the opportunity to explore issues that particularly affect women and girls, such as equal pay for equal work.

Girls Incorporated of Worcester's youth are largely from low-income families with 77% living at or below the poverty level. We believe that, for girls growing up in low-income homes, economic knowledge and empowerment can be effective tools for breaking the cycle of poverty.