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PCY Case Study

Partnership for Children & Youth

Pioneering a Professional Pathway in Expanded Learning

Girls Inc. of Alameda County and partners launched the state’s first registered apprenticeship program in expanded learning, a partnership that also guarantees apprentices fair wages with opportunities for raises, free community college tuition, on-the-job training, and real-time, practical support every step of the way. This program is growing a professional workforce for expanded learning and a stepping stone to other careers in education.

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Oakland Literacy Coalition

Member Spotlight: Girls Inc of Alameda County

We are excited to spotlight Girls Inc of Alameda County, which plays an important role in supporting literacy and enrichment in Oakland schools. Girls Inc programs serve youth both in schools in OUSD and at the Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls in after school programs. Their K-5 programs serve both girls and boys with a focus on Literacy and Enrichment curriculum.

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ABC7 News

Julayne Virgil Speaks at Warriors, Kaiser Permanente’s ‘Generation Thrive’ Anniversary Celebration

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — The future isn’t only bright for Bay Area youth, it’s golden. The Warriors Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente teamed up to cultivate a non-profit hub that assists Bay Area organizations and schools through enriching programs.

“It has been a space that holds the health and wellness programming for our staff, to uplift our staff, and our youth development professionals at this time,” stated Julayne Virgil, the CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County. “(It’s) also a space for the girls when they have time to come here and be in the gym, and the gym is an incredible space.”

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KTVU Channel 2 News Interviews Julayne Virgil About the Crisis in American Girlhood

A big thank you to KTVU 2 for the opportunity to discuss the worsening sadness, sexual violence and declining mental health among American teen girls, and talk about the roles all of us can play moving forward.

We can ensure our schools are truly physically and emotionally safe spaces for all youth, equip youth with tools and resources to develop their social emotional skills, invest in quality youth development programming to provide opportunities for positive peer interactions, and truly listen when they share their experiences. This is within our collective power!

Girls in our programming shared that many adults in their lives do not listen to them or believe them when they share their truths. We can all do better!

At Girls Inc. of Alameda County, we’ve invested in this work for 65 years, and we welcome support as we continue to respond to the needs of girls across our community.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit News

Girls Inc. of Alameda County Explores STEM with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

This International Women’s Day, 14 Girls Inc. of Alameda County participants hopped on 19th St. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Oakland and headed for the Lake Merritt Transit Operations Facility, where they had the opportunity to shadow a diverse group of BART employees from across the agency, including representatives from Engineering, Transportation, Financial Planning, BART Police and more!

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Post News Group

Senior Summer Participants go on College Tours

College Access Now! (CAN!) participant Daisha Williams documented Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s summer college tours and was published by the Post News Group. During this year’s Senior Summer, Girls Inc. of Alameda County took their participants on four college tours, led by two Girls Inc. of Alameda County employees, Gabi Reyes-Acosta and Judy Cordova.

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Cal State East Bay Pioneer

Eureka! participants visit Cal State East Bay

California State University, East Bay hosted Girls Inc. of Alameda County at the Hayward campus as part of an annual summer partnership. Girls Inc. and CSUEB have maintained a long-standing collaboration under the Eureka! Program, wherein a group of middle- and high-school girls across the East Bay area are given an opportunity to attend university-level classes and immerse themselves in a college environment.

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San Francisco Chronicle Datebook

New Literary Project workshops at Girls Inc. of Alameda County

Giving girls the confidence that their voice, their story, their art matters — and that “how they view the world is meaningful” — can be transformative, says Virgil. She remembers one New Literary Project showcase where a father wept listening to his daughter read her work. “This is so important for her,” he told Virgil. “She’ll never be the same.”

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Go Report

GO Report Public Schools Oakland

Gaining Ground

Of the elementary schools working with Girls Inc. Of Alameda County, 60% exceeded the average Oakland Unified School District literacy growth amongst Black students, Latinx students, and/or English learner students.  

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