Irene Wang, IPD ’18

Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland

This IPL experience with Girls Inc. of Alameda County is on Program Evaluation. Girls Inc. of Alameda County helps girls from underserved communities access resources and opportunities they need to navigate gender, economic, and racial barriers in order to realize their potential and their dreams. It aims to ensure all girls growing up in Alameda County feel valued, safe and prepared to achieve their dreams of college, career, and leadership. Therefore, all the programs of Girls Inc. of Alameda County are designed to empower girls at every stage of development and provide a supportive, engaging environment for them to thrive. As an Intern, I worked together with two other interns under the guidance of our mentor, Aisha, to analyze and summarize program outcomes and results and presented to the Girls Inc. staff of relevant programs.

During the internship, I got to practice the data analysis skills with Excel I learned at MIIS. I also got to know more about Girls Inc., its programs, and what Girls Inc. has been doing for girls from underserved communities. Girls Inc. is trying to help those girls through different programs and trainings get out of the poverty circle and encourage them to go back to their communities to help more people become better-off. What Girls Inc. does can really make a difference for the girls’ life and the life of their families. Additionally, I got chance to attend the presentations on fundraising, such as Raiser’s edge and grant writing, which gave me a general knowledge on those specific topics after I did the consulting project for the NGO based out of Santa Cruz. Anyway, it is a great experience to know some amazing people there during the summer internship.


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