GENaustin Gratitudes

This holiday season, GENaustin staff wants to share a few of the things that we’re thankful for:

 

    • The thousands of girls whose voices guide our programs to be successful and relevant.

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    • The 13,302 individuals who have engaged with GENaustin, participated in our programs, and helped us grow our community and impact.

 

    • An incredibly positive office environment that makes every individual feel so welcome.

 

    • The city of Austin – its art, music, food, incredible organizations, and passionate community leaders working to make the world a better place.

 

    • Forks with tines long enough to have cranberry, stuffing, green beans, and sweet potatoes all in one bite.

 

    • Donors who care deeply about the futures of girls in our community.

 

    • Our outstanding volunteers! In just 1 day, volunteers contributed 1016.25 service hours for our 2014 We Are Girls Conference.

 

    • Work that we feel passionately about and the opportunity to join so many girls on their journey.

 

    • The growing movement to get more girls involved in coding.

 

    • Parents and schools who reach out to us for resources on how to raise healthy girls.

 

    • Interns, both past and present, whose insight, leadership, and commitment has contributed to GENaustin’s growth in incredible ways.

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    • Rahel Girma, the unofficial GENaustin hair stylist.

 

    • Frozen, Brave, The Hunger Games, and other new books/movies that go against the conventional ‘damsel in distress’ story line and help young girls feel strong and empowered.

 

    • Working with so many compassionate, courageous, and strong women who challenge and support us.

 

    • The opportunity to create safe spaces to explore, be creative, and share it all with so many brilliant, funny, loving girls in Austin.

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    • Sweatpants.

 

    • Family who provide strength, love, and encouragement, and friends around the world who provide hope and a sense of purpose.

 

  • One Direction and their beautiful hair.

Vanessa Wright