4GIRLS Announces Its Anaheim Workshop: October 13 & 14, 2018

Middle school young women – are you looking to be inspired? Do you want to make new friends? Do you want to participate in hands-on activities that will empower you to make changes in your life or your community?

Our 2018 theme for the 4GIRLS Workshop in Anaheim is “Courageous.”

Girls who will be in middle school in October of 2018 are welcome to apply to our OC Workshop by downloading an application by clicking here. All participants must complete applications and be accepted in the program to attend the workshop.

Click here to see the 4GIRLS Flyer for 2018 Workshop in Anaheim.

Girls do not need to live in Anaheim or even Orange County to attend, but they must commit to attending both days.

The annual workshop – offered at no cost to the girls – provides a safe place for middle school girls to accept and appreciate themselves for who they are and encourages them to discover their potential. Girls who attend the workshop are eligible to attend quarterly events throughout the next year.

High school and adult volunteers are welcome to apply by downloading an application by clicking here.


Wrap Up of 4GIRLS Tea Party in OC by 4GIRLS Executive Director

It was another successful 4GIRLS event this weekend, as our OC chapter celebrated its 2nd annual Garden Tea Party.

Over 140 guests attended and enjoyed whistling tea kettles containing exotic teas and delectable sandwiches and cookies. Together, this tea party raised over $10,000.

Our OC Chapter Chair, Angie Gomez, leads an amazing committee of volunteers and shared what 4GIRLS means to the OC community. Angie was out in front with her leadership by engaging 6 young women to volunteer the entire event.

I also want to give a shout out to the 15 adult volunteers who made the event a huge success. Thanks to Kerith Dilley, the glue that kept everyone together.

And, the entire OC Chapter Committee deserves a big Thank You: Maddie des Jardins, Maria Fierro, Nubia Macias, Traci Malone, Lisa Monteiro, Maria Mora, Natali Rudometkin, Hadela Sanchez, Karlie Sanchez and Leticia Sanchez.

Our deepest appreciation for the three Junior Mentors who shared how 4GIRLS has changed their own lives: Maria Brito, Carolina Castillo and Karlie Sanchez.

Thank you all for attending and volunteering your talents and your time.

I am looking forward to the next OC fundraiser!
-Janet

Janet Bittner
4GIRLS Executive Director


L to R: Linda Bittner, Traci Malone, Janet Bittner & Mary Ann Ballestero


Garden Tea Party 2018 Sponsors – Thank You!

4GIRLS is thrilled to thank our many Garden Tea Party sponsors this year, whose generosity is making our 2018 Workshop possible!

POWERFUL
PIMCO Foundation

COURAGEOUS
Helenee Cruz of JT Productions & Entertainment
Maria Fierro
“La Fiesta” Catering and Events by Julissa Fontes
Angie & Narci Gomez
Kerith Dilley Stansfield

SELF-CONFIDENT
JoAn Burdick-Gottlieb
Hostwel
Lisa Monteiro
Mora Landscape Maintenance
Melissa Ramirez – Rae’s Income Tax and NT & Associates

KIND
Rosemary Bakker
Janet Bittner
Melinda Cordero-Barzaga
Idalia Lazo Bautista
Traci Malone
Gregory Rodriguez
Natali Rudometkin

We’ve sold out of our tea!

Our Sponsors



2018 Girl Fund Campaign

International Women’s Day is March 8 and this year’s theme is “Press for Progress.”

For the next 15 days, 4GIRLS is a member of Global Giving’s 2018 Girl Fund Campaign. We hope you will join us in pressing for progress on gender equality – you can volunteer for one of our workshops or you can make a gift to 4GIRLS by clicking this link.

The Girl Fund Campaign is specifically for community-led organizations committed to providing opportunities for girls – and, we’ve been doing exactly that for 8 years.

4GIRLS has been pressing for progress since 2010, when we began empowering and inspiring middle school girls to use their voices to speak up for themselves and for others, raise their hands when they see opportunities and point out unfair treatment.

​And, while I know there are many girls we still have to reach with our mission, I’m hopeful because I know we’ve changed the lives of over 500 young women so far.

One young woman’s life in particular comes to mind:

So, over the next 15 days, think how you can #PressforProgress and improve life for the young women in your own life and in your community. Please consider making a gift to 4GIRLS today or on March 8. Or, contact us to find out how you can volunteer and empower middle school girls to view themselves as inherently powerful, valuable and beautiful.


Garden Tea Party in Anaheim on June 3!

As of Monday, May 21, at 9:20am, we are SOLD OUT!!!!

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any guests with sponsorships that are purchased after this time; any sponsorships purchased after then will be considered 100% contributions (sponsorship options have been updated to reflect this below). We have added a contribution only button to the top option.

You and your favorite female can join us at our Garden Tea Party – and support 4GIRLS! Fun arts and crafts from 11-noon. Tea and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $25/each or $35/adult-child pair. Sponsorships are available, ranging from $100-$1,000.

Meet the middle school young women whose lives 4GIRLS has transformed! Bid on fun silent auction items. Questions? Email: kerithdilley@gmail.com

4GIRLS Garden Tea Party takes place on Sunday, June 3, 11am-2pm, at the Ebell Club of Anaheim, located at 226 N. Helena Avenue Anaheim, CA 92805

You can buy tickets, make a contribution or purchase sponsorships online below, or download our Tea Sponsorship Packages_2018 to pay by check.

MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
Gifts of all sizes are welcome.





SPONSOR THE EVENT
***Please note that we are out of tickets, so all sponsorships are 100% contributions. Thank you for your understanding.

Kind Sponsor
Kind Sponsor – $100
Name Listing

Supports a journal, writing supplies and a 4GIRLS canvas bag for 4 girls





Self-Confident Sponsor
Self-Confident Sponsor – $250
Name Listing & Logo Recognition

Covers the cost of an Empowerment Event, which is offered quarterly





Courageous Sponsor
Courageous Sponsor – $500
Half-Page Ad & Logo Recognition

Covers the cost of 4 girls attending the 4GIRLS conference





Powerful Sponsor
Powerful Sponsor – $1,000
Full-Page Ad & Logo Recognition

Cover the cost of 8 girls attending the 4GIRLS conference





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4GIRLS OC Empowerment Event

With the help of volunteers with the Santa Clara University OC Alumni Association, 4GIRLS is putting together 200 Care Kits for the homeless on March 10 in Anaheim. Past 4GIRLS participants will give back to our community.


A CONVERSATION WITH GERDA SEIFER, HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR

Please join the 4GIRLS Organization for a memorable morning with Gerda Seifer, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors.

Seifer was 12 years old when the Germans bombed the Polish city of Przemysl – the city where she was born and raised. That event marked the beginning of the harrowing experience Seifer and her family endured for the next few years at the hands of the Nazis. For the last several decades, Seifer, a Long Beach resident, has been sharing her story of survival – “Mine is just one story out of millions,” she has said. “We all have different experiences, but they all end the same way – you either survive or you die.”

The 4GIRLS Organization is humbled and grateful that she will be sharing her story with us and we hope that you can join us for this special event.

Please register by October 27th to reserve your spot. Thank you.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)
First Congregational Church of Long Beach
241 Cedar Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Tea Party Fun

You and your favorite female can join us for Tea – and benefit 4GIRLS Orange County. Fun arts and crafts from 11-noon. Tea and lunch is served at noon. Tickets are $25/each or $35/adult-child pair. Learn how 4GIRLS has transformed the lives of middle school girls. Bid on fun silent auction items. Questions? Email: kerithdilley@gmail.com

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4GIRLS OC Tea for Two Fundraiser
Saturday, May 6, 11am-2pm
Ebell Club of Anaheim
226 N. Helena Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92805


International Women’s Day 2017

The theme this year for International Women’s Day is, “Be Bold For Change”. Looking up the word “bold”, the internet came back with: adjective: (of a person, action or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

I started thinking about people whom I admire for taking “risks” and being “confident and courageous” and on a global scale, I thought of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace prize recipient. Anyone who knows her story will agree that she epitomizes the word bold. But I also admire so many people who are not known on a global scale and would not be recognized by any member of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. One person, in particular, that comes to mind is Angie Gomez. Angie is a person I met while at a community outreach event promoting the 4GIRLS Organization. After we met, she decided to support the program by being a mentor and transporting middle school girls from Anaheim to the 4GIRLS workshop in Long Beach. After participating a couple of years in the program, Angie asked me, “When are you going to start this program in Anaheim?” Classes in ‘Diplomacy 101’ kicked in and I asked her, “When are you going to start the program in Anaheim?” Fortunately, Angie boldly accepted the challenge and launched 4GIRLS Orange County this past August!

Eight years ago, I took a bold step and shared an idea that I had with my friends about creating an empowerment workshop for middle school girls. I didn’t know what the workshop would look like exactly, but I knew that I was interested in creating a program where girls could identify themselves as inherently valuable, powerful and beautiful. If it were not for the women who listened and embraced my ‘bold’ thinking back in 2010 and encouraged me to take a risk – the 4GIRLS Organization would not be in existence and we would not have had the opportunity to inspire and empower hundreds of girls to be bold and to make positive changes in their lives.

What I now know is whether you want to implement significant change on a personal level, for your community or for the environment, some degree of boldness will be required. Being bold may seem daunting, but like anything that is worthwhile, one has to practice, practice and practice to become better at it. The Spanish philosopher, Baltasar Gracian wrote, “Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.” Let us start with today – let’s put a grain of boldness in everything that we do and let us see the change that is manifested.

Sincerely,

Claudia Copley
4GIRLS Founder & CEO