Photo by Laura Kozlowski

Each month, we feature different girls from Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, a program of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and an affiliate of Girls Incorporated®, a national research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

This month, we are featuring Maddie!

About Maddie:

Maddie is thirteen years old, and first began Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area through her school, River Valley Charter School. She has gone on to participate in Advisory Group, which fosters leadership and encourages group members to determine needs in their own communities. Maddie recently joined two Advisory Group members and spoke about her experience at a Day of the Girl Vision Party (photo above)! We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her better.

What has been your favorite Girls Inc. activity?

I liked going downtown and going into all the women-owned businesses when I did the after-school program at River Valley Charter School. It was fun, and we got to go to Lexie’s after!

Girls Inc. has helped me make so many new friends. I have made some of my best friends through Girls Inc.  I loved the after-school program at RVCS, but I love Advisory too. Advisory has given me a lot of opportunities to speak about body positivity and make new friends!

What is one important thing you have learned from Girls Inc.?

I have learned to be confident in myself. I’ve learned to be bold, speak out and be kind.

What is your favorite subject to learn about and why?

I like math because it makes sense and there’s always an answer. It also comes easy to me!

Which season is your favorite and why?

I like summer! I get to relax, hang out with my friends, go to the beach and take a break from school. I like school, but it’s nice to have a break!

Who is one of your role models, and why?

Emma Watson. I want to be an actress when I am older, but I want to be famous so I can use my voice to make a change because that is what Emma Watson does.

What is something you’re looking forward to in 2022?

I can’t wait to go to high school in September! It will be very different from RVCS, but I am excited!

What do you hope you are doing 10 years from now?

I want to be a famous actress or a director. I also want to use my voice to talk about body positivity. I want to help girls become more confident.

How are you strong?

I am confident to put my voice out there. I used to be shy, but Girls Inc. has helped me become more confident.

How are you smart?

I enjoy school and it is fun for me.

How are you bold?

I like to stand out from the crowd.

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center believes that girls are stronger, more confident and less likely to become victims of domestic violence when they are empowered through education. We currently offer Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area programs for girls in the following Massachusetts towns: Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

Girls Inc. of the Seacoast area is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated®, a national research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. national network includes research-based curricula delivered by trained professionals to equip girls to achieve academically; to lead healthy and physically active lives; to manage money; to navigate media messages; and to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Thank you to the year-long sponsors of the Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area: