WHY WE INVEST IN GIRLS
WHO WE ARE
The Investing in Girls Alliance (IIGA) was created in 2007 at the behest of the Worcester Mayor’s Task Force on Youth at Risk due to concerns about the rise of violence among girls and young women in greater Worcester.The Alliance is made up of representatives from local and state government agencies, public schools and colleges in the Greater Worcester area, non-profit and private organizations.
The Investing in Girls Alliance (IIGA) is an unprecedented collaboration to address the challenges girls face in the crucial middle-school transition years. IIGA’s mission is to improve services for middle school girls in central Massachusetts through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. The ultimate vision of the Investing in Girls Alliance is that all girls grow up to be happy, healthy, and productive women. In order to achieve our mission we focus on three priority areas. Physical, Mental and Sexual Health are core to girls’ well-being and good health provides the foundation for achievements throughout her lifetime. Education and Economic Empowerment gives girls the tools and opportunities they need to be in charge of their lives and actively engage in their families and communities. Addressing issues of Violence and Safety is fundamental to girls’ success; we must ensure the safety of girls where they grow, learn, work and play. The work of IIGA centers around four key strategies; Data and Research to effectively measure the well being of local girls and understand their current and emerging needs, Public Education to raise community awareness of the unique needs, assets and challenges of middle school aged girls, Promoting Best Practices through networked training and peer sharing and Advocacy to secure gender equitable polices and sufficient resources for girls by aligning with like partners across the state including the MA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
WHAT WE DO
Investing in Girls Alliance has three Priority Areas to impact girls well-being:
- Physical, Mental and Sexual Health: These are core to girls well being and good health provides the foundation for girls achievements throughout her lifetime
- Education and Economic Empowerment: Giving girls the tools and opportunities they need to be in charge of their lives and actively engage in their families and communities
- Violence and Safety: Ensuring the safety of girls where they grow, learn, work and play is essential to girls success