Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays from Girls Inc. NSV!

During this time of year, we celebrate those who enrich our lives by giving gifts. The holidays are an esspecially great opportunity for adults to ackowledge the impact young girls have on our lives each and every day!

Here are some gift ideas that not only are inexpensive, but will also nurture creativity and help build memories for 2011:
  • Lessons of any kind -- piano, horseback riding, harp, voice, acting, painting, dance, tumbling, archery -- are great for getting girls active and helping them find new interests!
  • Books last forever and can be enjoyed countless times! Check out our list of Great Books for Girls on this blog... 
  • Travel! Consider a family trip instead of individual gifts, so you can all enjoy an experience together. You won't regret it!
  • special day or night out is a great way to do something out of the ordinary. Go see a play, ballet, special sporting event, or concert, just be creative!
  • Special coupons -- 20 minute back rub, no chores for one night, stay up late -- help you give your favorite girl the gift of creative thinking!
  • Membership to Girls Inc. Online-- it's a FREE and safe social networking site that lets girls interact with others who have like interests, design their own avatar, take part in games and polls, and learn about successful women across the country with unique and interested careers. Just visit today!

And for any Girls Inc. supporter, young or seasoned, visit the Girls Inc. Store online at to find great gift ideas and contribute funds to help our cause nationwide!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great American Smokeout 2010

Smoking is responsible for more than 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States every year.

Smoking is also the most common PREVENTABLE cause of death in our society.

There is no good reason to smoke and lots of good reasons not to!

The American Cancer Society is helping us all along the path to better health by sponsoring their 35th Annual Great American Smokeout today, November 18th!

By encouraging smokers to use this date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking today, smokers across the country will be taking an important step towards a healthier life–one that can lead to reducing risk of cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and heart disease.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you're up against, what your options are, and where to go for help.

Visit for tools, resources, and more research information.

(Information courtesy of the Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion program, American Cancer Society, and Tehama County Department of Education)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

She Votes! Election 2010

One of the strongest indicators that an individual will vote as an adult is exposure to the polls at an early age.

On Tuesday, October 26th our Girls Inc. girls participated in the nationwide Girls Inc. Mock Election in order to better understand the importance of civic engagement!

A special thanks is owed to the Shasta County Election Office, who donated privacy booths, an official ballot box, and "My Vote Counted" stickers so our participating girls could experience the reality of the voting process!

The ballot initiative for our election included:

- Should school vending machines sell soda?

63% voted YES
37% voted NO

Some reasons girls voted “yes”:
“Because I love soda.”
“It is not fair for only teachers to have soda.”
“A soda a day or in moderation is okay.”
“Teens need to learn how to make decisions themselves.”
“I like soda and I can’t have it at home.”

Some reasons girls voted “no”:
“Obesity rates are scary.”
“It is really bad for kids to drink soda.”
“It’s really bad for diabetes.”
“Soda is not good for your teeth and stomach.”

Other initatives added to our local ballot included:

- Should there be an enforced dress code in schools?

28% voted YES
72% voted NO

- Should sports teams depend on skill level instead of gender?

28% voted YES
72% voted NO

A total to 44 Girls Inc. affiliates and 3600 girls participated in this year's mock election--more girls than voted in last year’s presidential mock election!

Thursday, October 28, 2010



Everyone has their own unique triggers causing them unwelcome stress, including girls. For many, stress is caused by their own perfectionism and expectations for themselves. For others--too many--it is stress about body image. And that's just a start. There are school issues, along with interactions with family and friends that can add or reduce stress in their lives.

In the following article on Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, Psychologist and Author, provides us with tools to identify and address stress in our lives and the lives of young girls.

How To Know It’s Stress:

Girls often report physical and emotional symptoms, which they and their parents may be treating without linking it to stress. Girls talk about being sad, low-energy, anxious, or irritable. They get chronic headaches, stomachaches, muscular tension, or say that they are just “not feeling good.” Often they can’t get to sleep, or they sleep a lot. They might be eating all day, or not eating at all. Sometimes these eating behaviors can indicate a disorder, but often it’s just stress. They might be doing drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating for stress.

Girls and parents can often make the connection with stress by just being observant. Make a log when feeling symptoms, like what you are thinking about and doing when you start feeling bad. Parents can chart their own observations as well. When girls are able to change a situation or attitude to make it less stressful, they’ll often see symptoms subside.

What Are The Top Stressors For Girls?

Top 10 stressors often include:

Body Image
Substances (smoking, drinking, and drugs)
Sleep Problems
Bullies and Friend Relationships
Sexual Identity

Overall, the Top 3 stresses are body image, school, and guys.

Soothing Stress About Looks:

Body image stress is #1 with girls. Body image is strongly linked to self image for girls. Talk with girls about trying to accept that there are some things about how we look that we may like a lot, and some things we may not like very much. Ask girls to say to themselves and their friends "I’m good enough and I don’t have to be perfect."

Another way we can help is to focus on accomplishments and not looks. Tell girls to look at athletes like Mia Hamm’s legs--they aren’t feminine, they are muscular because that is what she needs to accomplish her athletic goals. Try looking at baby pictures. Noticed how happy we are then, when we never thought about how we looked.

Taming Stressful Expectations:

A tremendous source of girls’ stress is all the work that is piled on at school. There is so much pressure to take honors and AP classes and to do lots of extracurricular activities. There is a lot of emphasis on test scores. And parents are sometimes the worst about pressuring girls to do more. But we have to remind ourselves and our girls that these kinds of classes aren’t always necessary. There are a lot of successful people who didn’t go to Harvard. The important thing is to feel good about yourself--that’s when you can achieve in whatever area you choose.

Girls often keep adding things on because they want to please other people. Many girls have a hard time saying no. We can teach girls to say things like, "I can’t do this now." Create a "don’t-do" list or help develop ways to relax when we are feeling frazzled. Do puzzles or work in a garden. Meditation is always a good option. It doesn’t require any training or special equipment; just find a place you like to relax. Even 15 minutes can make a real difference toward rejuvenating.

Easing Anxiety And Depression:

Many girls are just really anxious. To them, anxiety feels free-floating, and they can’t put a finger on what causes it. Figure out what the trigger is, even if it’s related to family. Behavior at home can sometimes bring on anxiety. Often, it’s school stuff that brings on anxiety.

Unless there is an acute danger, it is important that we give girls a chance to learn coping skills on their own or with a counselor. When we learn coping skills, our neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) can change to make us feel better, just as it can with medication.

Helping Girls See The Big Picture:

What we should teach girls is that sometimes life includes bad feelings, sadness, and disappointment. The focus should be on how to comfort ourselves. Sometimes switching activities helps, going to see a movie, taking a walk, or just talking. Another thing we can do is to think about times in our lives when we were hurt and then learned that life goes on. To girls, these kinds of situations can seem like the end of the world.

Don’t hesitate to start young--a nine-year-old will need more assistance from a parent, but she can still develop coping techniques to reduce whatever stresses she has. If we can teach girls at a young age to self-regulate their stress, they’ll be so much more prepared for the increasing challenges to come. Coping skills are a great gift because they last for a lifetime.

To learn more about the topic of stress and read summary findings from Girls Inc.'s The Supergirl Dilemma nationwide survey of school-aged children, visit

Monday, October 18, 2010

Donate Your Phone to HopeLine Today!

A national report shows that 23.6% of women and 11.5% of men reported at least one episode of intimate-partner violence in thier lifetime. This statistic suggests that is it quite possible someone you know and care about could be or has already been a victim of abuse.

Verizone Wireless Communications created HopeLine--a phone recycling and refurbishing program--to help support victims of domestic violence and provide an environmentally safe way to dispose of old cell phones and accessories.

How HopeLine Works:
  • Old wireless phones, batteries, chargers, and accessories are collected
  • All information is permanently erased from the device (service should be deactivated prior to donating)
  • Unused phones are refurbished and sold for reuse
  • Unsalvagable phones are disposed of in an environmentally sound way, under a zero landfill policy
Proceeds from the refurbished phones are used to provide new phones for survivors of domestic violence or to fund cash grants for local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Recycle your old phone and phone accessories and help victims of domestic violence today!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pepsi Refresh Project VOTE for Redding Community Baseball Field!

The Redding Community Baseball Field Committee has been selected by the Pepsi Refresh Project to compete during the month of October for a grant of $250K to construct the Redding Community Baseball Field on the Simpson University campus.

Grants are awarded to projects that recieve the most votes during their month, so the Redding Community Baseball Field Committee needs your help!

Visit once a day and VOTE for this great community opportunity!

Each time you vote, your name will be registered into a drawing and Simpson University will be giving away iPads to a few lucky voters, so get online today!

You can also visit for more information.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Girls Inc. NSV has MOVED!

Our new office is located at:

605 1/2 Main St. Unit C
Downtown Red Bluff

Our Main Street entrance is in between The Sugar Shack and Re/Max Properties...

Come check out our new space!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chico Outlaws Baseball


Girls Inc. NSV will sponsor the Chico Outlaws professional baseball team during their 2010 Summer season!

The Outlaws are a member of the North Division of the independent Golden Baseball League. Every Thursday home game at Nettleton Stadium on the Chico State University campus will be sponsored by Girls Inc. and will serve as a fundraising opportunity for our organization.

For information about the Outlaws schedule visit

Ticket vouchers good for any Thursday home game are for sale through Girls Inc. at a discounted rate of only $7 each. Girls Inc. will get to keep half of every ticket voucher sold to raise money for ongoing programs in our community. 

To purchase tickets for all Thursday home games during the season, contact Girls Inc. at (530)527-7767 or

Come watch Girls Inc. throw out the 1st pitch on Friday, August 27th!

We'd like to invite any girls we have worked with in the past and their families to attend this game FREE OF CHARGE and participate in any of the activities throughout the game. There will be giveaways, meet-and-greet opportunities, and great ballgame atmosphere!

This sponsorship opportunity was made possible by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Red Bluff, which donated the funds to make the inclusion of Girls Inc. a reality. The Wal-Mart Distribution Center has been a long-time supporter of our local Girls Inc. affiliate.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Employment Opportunity- Program Facilitators

We are happy to announce the re-opening of our Program Facilitator positions for the 2010-2011 school year!

The Program Facilitator positions are for various school sites in the Shasta and Tehama County service areas.

If interested, please visit and review the job description provided on the home page.
Follow the instructions online to submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position. 

For further questions, please feel free to contact Emily Westphal, Executive Director, at or call (530)527-7767

DEADLINE: July 31, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Looking to purchase Girls Inc. support materials like hats and mugs?

Prairie Rose Boutique has 'em!

Phone: (530)529-5987
615 Main Street
Historic Downtown Red Bluff, CA 96080

This month, our hats are featured in the 4th of July window display!

So stop in, enjoy the experience, and show your support for your local Girls Inc. organization today

Thursday, June 17, 2010

White House on 'Fatherhood'

Since his days in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has done an annual speech on the fatherhood, rooted in his own experience growing up without a father and now raising 2 Strong, Smart, and Bold young girls himself.

When he got to the White House, President Obama wanted to delve deeper into this issue and convened a task force entitled Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families to hold regional round tables on the topic of fatherhood.

In this work, President Obama has been intentional about involving women’s groups. He is aware of the heavy load borne by single mothers--often thanklessly--due to absent fathers. He is also aware that some mothers are single by choice due to domestic violence or other concerns about the father.

Many women were turned off by fatherhood programs under prior administrations, due to their unproven, religiously-based, or coercive nature.

President Obama’s Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families agenda will focus on 3 key areas:

1. Policy- In his 2011 budget, the President has proposed a $500 million Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund to be competitively granted to states to support the custodial parent, both mothers and fathers

2. Call to Action- The Administration will focus on fatherhood and mentoring, recognizing that girls need fathers too and citing some research on the long term effects on girls with absent fathers.

3. Form Strategic Partnerships- These partnerships will be with organizations outside of the traditional fatherhood realm. Again, the President and his Administration really want women’s/girls’ groups to be partners in their effort.

If anyone has thoughts or suggestions they would like to make the White House aware of on this subject, please send contact to We will pass along the information to April Osajima, Girls Inc. Public Policy Director, who will be present at the 'Fatherhood' event in Washington, DC.

Watch for news coverage of the Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families task force meeting on Monday, June 21st

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

30 Great Books for Girls!

With the school year coming to a close, here are 30 great books for young girls to enjoy over the summer months!

We like these classic stories and modern tales especially because they’re all about girls who are Strong, Smart, and, Bold...not to mention funny, brave, and adventurous!

Happy Reading:)

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia McLachlan

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Secret School by Avi

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Eleven by Lauren Myracle

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Isabel of the Whales by Hester Velmans

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Gaia Girls by Lee Welles

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

May Day 2010

Join Girls Inc. NSV for the 3rd Annual "May Day for the Girls" event
Saturday, May 1st
Atrium Building in the Market Street Promenade (located in Downtown Redding)

Doni Greenberg will be the event's keynote speaker. 
A memorial tribute of the positive contributions to environmental education Heide Hatcher made to countless youth in the North State will follow.
Girls from our Jackson Heights Elementary School 6th grade circle will be present to read their authored "These are the Hands..." poems.
And, of course, food and libations will be provided!
Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple.
To reserve your space now, visit and use our PayPal option, or send a check payable to Girls Inc. to:

PO Box 1135
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Girls Inc. Online Membership

Do you know a young girl in your life who is looking for a safe place to be listened to and would benefit from the influence of other "strong, smart, & bold" girls across the US?

Then help her sign up to be a member of Girls Inc. online!

Although Girls Inc. NSV programming is available in many schools in Shasta and Tehama counties, we cannot be everywhere at once and cannot serve every girl in our community.

Girls Inc. online membership allows girls ages 9-17 to interact with other girls in a safe and secure online environment. 
Each girls creates her own home page and can win awards for creativity! On the site, girls can also enjoy games, activities, avatars, and quizzes just for girls...and it's all FREE!

Just visit the For Girls section at and read about this opportunity by clicking on the find out more link.
Then just follow the simple instructions to become one more girl served by Girls Inc. nationwide!

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Girls Inc. Research Study!

Girls Inc. Girls Shape the Future Study: Early Predictors of Girls' Adolescent Sexual Activity

The Girls Shape the Future study, conducted in collaboration with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), from 2001 to 2006, surveyed more than 800 adolescent girls over a three-year period from approximately sixth through ninth grades. The data presented here focus on sexual behavior and attitudes and challenge common perceptions about girls whose futures are considered at risk because of factors over which they have no control, such as their race, their family configuration, or their family’s economic status. The report also sheds important new light on risk and protective factors for girls’ early sexual activity.

To view this study, visit the About Girls Inc. section of or link directy to a PDF summary at

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Indianapolis--What a great city!
And what a great organization Girls Inc. is too!

Girls Inc. NSV got the opportunity to spend a week in this awesome city at the Girls Inc. National Resource Center (NRC) for Executive Leadership and Management Seminar (ELMS) training...
and what a whirlwind week it was!

The week included an intensive course in Girls Inc. history, impact, and future goals. We also had plenty of time to meet other affiliates, learn from their experiences, and work toward innovative ideas as a whole group. Everyone could feel the power of collective women and girls!

ELMS Class of 2010

The NRC building in Downtown Indianapolis is an incredible testiment to the good work Girls Inc. National has been doing since 1864 and full of useful resources for local affiliates, like Girls Inc. NSV.

The Girls Inc. NRC Library houses the largest collection of youth and girl focused literature in the US...and has some pretty powerful girl-focused materials on display throughout the building. It is hard not to feel like a part of something HUGELY IMPORTANT.

Thank you to Girls Inc. and all who attended for an inspiring and enlightening week!

Now it is time to look forward to Girls Inc. National Conference in Washington, DC April 2010...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Challenge Days!

Girls Inc. NSV participated in the 2010 Red Bluff High School Challenge Days this week and what an amazing experience it was for all involved!

Over 150 students and adult facilitators gathered to experience the power of hugs and positive praise, learn from each other, and celebrate differences.

The Challenge Day organization's mission is very similar to that of Girls Inc.:

"To provide youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression."

It was an esspecially incredible opportunity as adulst to show our support for every child living in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated!

For more information about the Challenge Day organization, visit

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thank You's!

We have many people to thank for the success of our February 12th movie night!

- Thank you to the State Theatre here in Red Bluff for allowing Girls Inc. NSV to be a part of this "Magic of Movies" series!
- A very special thank you needs to be said to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for their generous donation to the theatre and to our local nonprofit organizations.
- Thank you to the Girls Inc. NSV board members and Wal-Mart volunteers who worked early and stayed late to be sure everything ran smoothly:)
- And thank you to the 80 community members who showed up on Friday night to support Girls Inc. NSV!

Here are some pictures of our great night:

our baseball hats and t's

box office success!

Heidi, Girls Inc. NSV board member and movie night committee chair

the amazing theatre!


Wal-Mart volunteers before start

Friday, February 12, 2010

TONIGHT in Girls Inc. NSV News:)

Don't forget...

Come support Girls Inc. NSV and be a part of our raffle too!
Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 7pm

We hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Movie Night!

Girls Incorporated of the Northern Sacramento Valley and the State Theatre present...

The Magic of Movies series!

Join us on Friday, February 12th for

"A League of Their Own"

(This screening made possible by Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson)

Doors open at 6pm and the film will start at 7pm.
Tickets are $6 per person or $4 per person with groups or teams of 5 or more.

We will have Girls Inc. hats, baseball t's, and mugs for sale, as well as Girls Inc. give-aways and a raffle door prize, so don't miss out!

This is a great idea for date night...and a way to show support for Girls Inc. in our efforts to inspire
young women in our communities!

Bring the whole family to this fun and informational event!

To purchase tickets or for more information contact Emily Westphal at or visit

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Doing our part...

We recieved an email last week from April Osajima, the Public Policy Director of Girls Inc., with an interested request.

Our Girls Inc. Washington, DC cohorts have been working diligently to get First Lady Michelle Obama to become our 2010 Honorary Chair, meeting with her staff and constantly sending letters. There have been a number of First Ladies in this position in the past, but this appointment in particular is exciting because of the visibility Girls Inc. would get as a result.

In response to affiliates who wanted to help, April decided to ask all of us to engage our secret weapon
—and the most powerful force in the universe to some—
the Girls Inc. girls!

Of course, Girls Inc. NSV could not pass up an opportunity like this one, so we got 50 of our girls from
Red Bluff High School and Salisbury's REACH program to make postcards with a simple request:

"Dear Mrs. Obama, Please be the Honorary Chair for Girls Inc."

(They also included their first name, age, and hometown.)

I am heading to the mailbox today with this impressive number of postcards and am so glad our girls can be a part of this easy yet powerful nationwide effort!
Keep your fingers crossed that Girls Inc. can get the support of First Lady Michelle Obama and the recognition of the country in 2010.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Year's Resolution


With 2010 in full-force, Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley is setting achievable goals and working hard to be an asset to girls and families of Shasta and Tehama Counties!

Our New Year's resolution here at Girls Inc. NSV is to help even more girls and families in the North State to be


We need help from our supporters and the communities we serve to make our goals a reality...And we want to know:

What is your New Year's resolution?