OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Girls Empowerment Network (fka GENaustin)
GENaustin will expand its in-school and after-school programs for girls in four middle schools serving economically disadvantaged students — C.D. Fulkes and Chisholm Trail in Round Rock ISD, and Manor and Decker in Manor ISD.
Services provided will include the clubGEN after-school program and the in-school Girls Now! workshop series. GENaustin hires high school girls as mentors for the middle school girls while also providing them with financial literacy, career building, resume writing, and other training.
Through this program GENaustin will help ensure 280 young women have a dynamic, exciting, and high quality experience exploring topics such as peer relationships, diversity, and healthy bodies.
While GENaustin anticipated serving 280 girls during the grant period, 304 attended: 101 in clubGEN and 203 in Girls Now!.
GENaustin Executive Director, Julia Cuba, met a mother of one of the participants who explained that her daughter, Aurelia, had been very depressed, had few friends, was doing poorly in her academics, and ultimately did not feel good about herself.
After Aurelia joined clubGEN, she began to talk about the girls in club and some of the issues they were facing together around bullying and peer pressure. Aurelia began taking care of herself, showing pride in herself at school, studying, and looking forward to her classes and extra-curricular activities. Ultimately, Aurelia began to do better in school and her depression lifted. Her mother believes clubGEN made a difference in Aurelia’s life.
GENaustin is now Girls Empowerment Network.