Today is See the Girl Day in Jacksonville

homepage-thirdbubbleEarlier today, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry proclaimed September 13 as “See the Girl Day.”  Celebrating the birthday and work of local philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver, especially her work with girls, this day marks the official launch of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s new “See the Girl” engagement campaign. According to the Times-Union, this campaign aims to raise awareness of the challenges young women face in the justice system and Weaver will match dollar for dollar any donation given to the “See the Girl” campaign between now and October 14. Click here to make a donation now.

“For those who wonder why girls need the special attention of a visionary philanthropist like Weaver, they only need to look at girls in Florida’s juvenile justice system,” writes Lawanda Ravoira, president and CEO of Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. “They report greater incidences of physical and sexual abuse, self-mutilation and mental health needs. Girls’ pathways are paved with unimaginable abuse, neglect and trauma.”  Our community is already seeing the benefits of the Center’s work.  Today, the incarceration rate of First Coast girls has been cut nearly in half, with rates in Duval County cut by 67 percent.

The Center has created programs and services for girls on probation, in detention, in residential placement or transitioning back to the local community.  In addition, girls enrolled in the Center’s elementary program have seen a 91 percent reduction in suspensions. “It is known that a girl’s future can be compromised much sooner through suspension from elementary school,” says Ravoira. “In making girls a priority, our community is setting the example for the state and nation. Today and every day, there’s a growing chance that girls will be safe, valued and have a prosperous future if we commit to ‘See the Girl.'” TWEET THIS

Click here to read the entire Times-Union column. For more details, you can also visit the organization’s website, www.seethegirl.org.

 

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