by Jessica Ross, Externship Coordinator
This year Metzli Reyes, one of our Girls Inc. of Orange County participants from Anaheim High School, was selected by Girls Inc. National as 1 of 10 girls to join the Girls Action Network (GAN). There were over 50 applicants from affiliates all over the United States, so we were thrilled to have Metzli be selected as the representative of Orange County.
Metzli has been involved with Girls Inc. of Orange County since 8th grade and participated in the Externship program, Belle of the Ball, and the Fortune 500 event.
The purpose of the GAN is to learn from girls about the barriers they face and what policy solutions they think would address these problems. Girls Inc., in turn, aims to prepare the GAN for advocacy with practical resources, training, and hands-on experience so that its members are ready to enact change in their local communities. The Public Policy Office organizes a trip to Washington D.C . in July for the GAN to meet with legislators/legislative staff to discuss top issues affecting girls and apply the skills they have learned over the course of the year. An annual stipend of $300 is provided to each accepted participant, and any travel costs related to the work are paid for by Girls Inc. Metzli and her cohorts participated in monthly check-in calls and worked to enact change locally and nationally.