March 26, 2014
Girls Inc., a network of local nonprofit organizations serving 136,000 girls ages six to 18 across the US and Canada annually, inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Booz Allen Hamilton has been a proud sponsor of the nonprofit for four years.
Giving back through community outreach—including supporting Girls Inc.’s mentoring and leadership programs—is an important element of Booz Allen’s diversity and inclusion practices. Principal Lucy Sorrentini serves on Girls Inc.’s National Board of Directors. “The programs are very closely aligned to Booz Allen Hamilton’s Core Values and specifically our commitment to diversity and community service,” says Ms. Sorrentini. “That makes it easy for me and others to engage and stay involved.”
Volunteers from many of Booz Allen’s employee-led diversity forums have organized or been directly involved in Girls Inc.’s programs nationwide. In one recent outreach initiative, the Latin American Forum organized a Spirit of the Season mentoring event for the New York City chapter of Girls Inc. More than 15 high school-aged girls learned firsthand about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in day-to-day life. Through watching technology demonstrations and talking with mentors from Booz Allen about science and technology careers, the girls learned more about the exciting opportunities that STEM fields can offer and how to pursue them.
Also in January, the firm’s Latin American Forum organized a book drive for the nonprofit. In collaboration with other Booz Allen diversity forums, including the African American Forum, Women’s Forum, and Parents’ Forum, Booz Allen donated 150 books to the Washington, DC, chapter of Girls Inc.
Booz Allen is proud to support initiatives such as these—encouraging girls to discover their true potential and helping staff give back to their communities in impactful and rewarding ways.