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#52Tuesdays: Engineering a Dream- Reagan's Story

Written by Grace Kennedy    on May 22, 2018    in

Engineering a Dream: Reagan’s Story 

By Grace Kennedy

 

When Reagan Watson was making rockets out of bendy straws at her kindergarten classmate’s house, she had no idea her love for science and engineering would lead to being a contestant on a national network television show. 

As it turns out, her classmates’s mom who was hosting the rocket-making activity is Sandy Marshall, founder of Project Scientist.
And Project Scientist has been a key ingredient in Reagan’s incredible journey.

#52tuesdays: Girls Rock Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on March 13, 2018    in
The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Vixen and even Josie and the Pussycats. Girl rockers are cool. But those who encourage girls to rock? The coolest.

Meet Girls Rock Charlotte. Through its summer camps for girls ages 8-18 and rock retreats for women, Girls Rock Charlotte amplifies the confidence of ALL girls and women through the power of music. The camps are designed to build each camper's confidence in a space that encourages creativity, communication, collaboration and inclusivity.

Lydia's Legacy a Daughter's Fulfillment of Mother's Wishes

Written by Addie Rising    on March 29, 2017    in

By Erin Bissette

When is the last time you observed high tea time? What about tee time? If it’s been a while since you had a formal tea or got to play an afternoon of golf, Lydia’s Legacy is providing the opportunity for you to participate in both tea and tee afternoons while supporting a great cause with their upcoming fundraising events in Charlotte.

Local Organizations Provide Support, Paths to Safety for Domestic Violence Victims

Written by Addie Rising    on March 23, 2017    in
The national statistics are absolutely alarming. 

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the U.S. having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

In Mecklenburg County there were 9,053 police incident reports filed with a domestic violence relationship in 2015. That’s 9,053 too many.

Charlotte is fortunate to have seven nonprofit organizations that work with and support those dealing with domestic violence.

Local Teen Going Above and Beyond for Charlotte's Girls

Written by Addie Rising    on March 16, 2017    in

By Erin Bissette

Privilege has been a much contested issue in the media recently; who has it, why they have it, and whether or not people with privilege are able to acknowledge its presence. 

One Charlotte teen is taking that delicate phenomenon and using her own privilege to help those with less of it through her nonprofit, Foundation for Girls.

#31WomenCLT: A Look at Charlotte Through its Women and Their Concerns

Written by Addie Rising    on March 12, 2017    in
As you probably know, March is Women's History Month. To honor the women who have paved the way for us,  we've been talking to women in Charlotte from all walks of life in an effort of showing a representation of many different women in Charlotte and the different concerns and hopes for our community as well as highlight businesses and professions they represent and nonprofit organizations they support.

Forget 'Less is More'; Women's Impact Fund Proves 'More' Can Be Awesome

Written by Addie Rising    on March 10, 2017    in

By Amy Jacobs

People magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine.  If we are all being honest with ourselves, who isn't just a little bit curious what is going on with the-couple-formerly-known-as-Brangelina?   So I felt right at home when I learned that an organization that I have been part of for ​more than ​three years, Women's Impact Fund​ (WIF)​, was born ​after co-founder Claire Tate read an article ​in a 1998 issue of People ​about women giving away money in Seattle​.  ​

How Girls on the Run Kept me Strong as a Kid and an Adult

Written by Addie Rising    on March 9, 2017    in
By Erin Bissette

Girls on the Run Charlotte has a pretty simple mission: to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. Sounds like a noble goal, right? But how do you even begin to approach and explain these subjective and sometimes abstract concepts to girls ages 8-13?

Girls on the Run combines discussion of tough-to-tackle life lessons with cleverly integrated running activities that feel more like games and team building exercise than bi-weekly workouts that build up to an end-of-season 5K event. Girls on the Run, which was founded in Charlotte, is commonly misnomed a 'running program,' and though it does include running as a huge focus, the heart of the curriculum is youth development, using running as a means to unite and empower girls.

Spotlight: Circle de Luz

Written by Addie Rising    on March 8, 2017    in
Since 2008, Circle de Luz has radically empowered young Latinas in Charlotte by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education.

Circle de Luz founder Rosie Molinary, who teaches at UNC Charlotte, wrote a book called “Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina” and knew the statistics around teen pregnancy and high school graduation weren’t good for young Latinas. She joined together with like-minded women and decided to do something about it. 
  • 41 percent of Latinas do not graduate with their class in 4 years
  • One third of Latinas drop out of high school and cite marriage or pregnancy as the reason
  • 51 percent of Latinas will become pregnant by age 20

#52tuesdays: Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council

Written by Addie Rising    on March 7, 2017    in
Did someone say Thin Mints?

While the Girl Scouts might be known everywhere for their amazing cookie sale that occurs precisely one month after everyone begins the new year by committing to gyms, crossfit and numerous 5Ks. But it’s what they do with the funds raised from the cookie sales, and other fundraising efforts like #GivingTuesdayCLT, that’s so impressive.
Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council
Locally, the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council serves 17,000 girls in eight counties in North and South Carolina. The Charlotte chapter was founded in 1935 with one mission, to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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