Marian Wright Edelman once said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” At Girls Inc. each summer a group of 40 to 50 high school girls goes into some of Orange County’s premiere corporations and organizations to “see what they could be”.
Before heading out to her “on the job experience” each girl receives at least 70 hours of training via monthly workshops during the first half of the year and a full week at the end of June. All of the groundwork takes place on local college campuses before placements in July. Girls participate in hands-on and interactive activities to develop hard and soft skills that improve their confidence and add necessary tools to their career exploration tool belt. A parent from the 2017 Externship Program said, “This program has made my daughter aware of many other career choices and opportunities. It has taught her about the importance of networking for professional purposes. It has also taught her confidence to pursue careers she is more passionate about.” Examples of these workforce readiness and confidence boosting activities include mock interviews, career panels, leadership training, teamwork building, and communication skills development.
Valeria, a Girls Inc. graduate said, “My Mom worked long hours and took on taxing jobs to overcome our financial struggles and to present me with a brighter alternative than the one she experienced growing up. Since my mother was unable to continue her studies, she did her best to give me the education she never had. Through the Girls Inc. Externship Program, I externed at Allergan, a pharmaceutical company, and gained clerical ski