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Local Organizations Join Together to Create Girls Collaborative

March 3, 2010

The statistics are staggering.

  • Thirteen is the self-reported average age of the onset of substance use in Georgia girls.
  • An estimated 300 girls are forced into commercial sex transactions each month in Georgia, more than twice the number that are killed in auto accidents in a year.
  • 50,772 Georgia teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are neither in school nor working.
  • One in five girls in Georgia becomes pregnant at least once before age 20 – which amounts to over 21,000 teen pregnancies a year.

But hope is not lost. Girls that are active and involved in their schools, communities and athletics have higher grades, better self-esteem and are less likely to participate in dangerous activities.

That is why a number of girl-serving organizations joined forces in an effort to raise awareness about the issues facing young girls in Georgia, resulting in the creation of the Girls Collaborative earlier this year. Their mission is to enhance the life outcomes for Metropolitan Atlanta girls ages 6-19 years old. Together, they’ve created a public service announcement and video with a message that brings the issues to light in a realistic, yet compelling way, while offering hope that the future of girls can still be bright.

Girls Collaborative hopes to raise awareness of the issues facing Georgia girls. At the same time, they want to inform girls and their parents, teachers and other influencers that there are organizations that can help provide the hope and opportunity that can ensure every girl in Georgia reaches her full potential.

Girls Collaborative

The organizations behind this effort include:

If you’d like any more information please contact Sue Payne.

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