Girls Empowerment Network (GEN)
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Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) believes girls are powerful and our Path to Power curriculum helps them believe it too. We know that girls are at risk of not reaching their potential, or worse, if adolescence affects them too adversely. When girls’ learn and practice new skills, their self-confidence increases. When they increase their self-confidence, they strengthen their self-efficacy and they believe in their power. When they feel powerful, they can be unstoppable. Our strategic vision is to help 50,000 girls ignite their power by 2020. You can help. Your support will enable GEN to continue to provide programs for girls in grades 3-12 in central Texas and Houston. Originally called The Ophelia Project, Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. Inspired by Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, these mothers met to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls - a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem. The outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse. The agency they founded was designed to counter these disturbing trends and was focused on increasing girls’ confidence and connection to positive role models.