Girls Speak Out
About Our Program
- Support aspirations
of both daughters and mothers towards higher education and career opportunities
through training and resources.
- Increase daughters'
educational success by improving academic skills and enhancing
- Educate daughters
and mothers about college test preparation, applications, admissions
requirements, and scholarship information.
- Acquaint daughters
and mothers with successful role models who will serve as mentors, providing
guidance and resources.
- Encourage mothers
to complete their own educational goals.
Founding of the
In 1990, The Junior League
of Austin reviewed data relating to the membership's priority of critical
community concerns. Ranking at the top of their list was education. Hence,
the Junior League formed a research team and evaluated the Austin Independent
School District. The evaluation process included a thorough investigation
of the current status of the city's public education system, the year-end
education reports for the city and state, and the reports on the rise
in Travis County's teen pregnancy rate, which were found to be the highest
in the state. The researchers also interviewed administrators, teachers,
parents, and school board members. Based on the evaluation results, it
was underscored that the greatest area of unmet need in the educational
system was a social service programming targeting Hispanic females.
are girls in the sixth through twelfth grades at targeted schools who
demonstrate academic promise based on their grades, behavior and attendance.
Throughout the duration of the program, the girls are partner participants
with their mothers. Many of the program participants will be the first
in their families to attend college.
The Junior League of
Austin (JL-A) has a long-standing commitment to supporting educational programs
in our community. It also supports young girls in making
positive choices in their life allowing them a chance to aspire to great
ambitions in life.