Partnerships between nonprofit groups and businesses provide invaluable opportunities. These collaborations allow Girls Inc. to provide quality programs and new oppportunities to our girls. These partnerships demonstrate how important it is for businesses to get involved in the non-profit sector. Their partnerships take on many forms; all as importatant as the next. It is because of these partnerships that Girls Inc. of York Region can increase our client base and serve the community better. We show our partners our appreciation through online (website and social media) acknowledgement, and spreading their brand awareness with our memebrs and their families.
Our Current Partners Include:
Girls Inc. of York is excited to announce it's partnership with STEM MINDS™. Our partnership will encourage all girls to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a fun and thought-provoking environment. STEM MINDS™ curates, creates and delivers the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs to children specific to their needs. We are very excited to welcome STEM MINDS™ into our after school programs and camps and look forward to the partnership!
In 2012 Girls Inc. was introduced to a wonderful woman, Robyn Freer who owns/operates Foxwood Farm. Our partnership started off with a few one day workshops and grew to two full weeks of riding camp in the summer of 2013. Both the workshops and camps gave the opportunity to many girls who would never have the chance to be around horses. It was amazing for staff to watch how they interacted with the ponies/horses: at first, a bit timid, not knowing how the animal would react to them. As they became more comfortable, just by grooming and being around the horses, many of the quiet girls began to talk more, not only amongst themselves but to their assigned horse or pony. The real excitement was watching them ride, many for the first time and to see the smiles on their faces!
In September 2013, the Girls Inc. Equine Sponsorship Program at Foxwood Farm was created. Eight girls were selected by Girls Inc. to participate in 2 – 6 month sessions: riding weekly in a lesson and also, caring for “their” horse – grooming, blanketing, farrier and veterinarian care, etc. To help assist with the program funding, Foxwood has allowed us to host fundraising pizza and bake sales at some of the Foxwood schooling shows, Yard Sales, and sell raffle tickets. Due to Roybn's willingness to partner and work with the girls, the Equine Sponsorship Program is now into its second year running and the changes we have seen in the girls is astronmical.
Girls Inc. of York Region and Grassroots Sailing teamed up in July 2014 to introduce sailing to youth girls 12-14 years old. The girls participated in a 2-week intensive program – where they learned not only how to sail but also worked extremely hard to gain knowledge about sailing. Many thanks go out to Lefroy Harbour- Kon Tiki Marina for letting us use their facility, without them none of this would have been possible. This was a once in a lifetime experience for Girls Inc. and the girls will be forever grateful. Grassroots sailing is owned by Rick Butler, who has been amazingly supportive of the girls getting into the sailing culture. This partnership has continued into our after school programs and our 2015 summer camps.
In 2007, a vision became reality and ARTISTS SALON & SPA was brought to life. Maria Racco is the proud owner of the ARTISTS SALON & SPA. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service. With their professional Stylists, Makeup Artists and Skin Stylist, the Artists Team is determined to fully serve all of your needs. She believes that what separates our salon from others is the passion that each member of our Team feels about their profession and our constant drive to continuing education. Girls Inc. was lucky enough to be selected by owner Maria Racco to be the recipient of their S.O.F.T Program. The S.O.F.T. PROGRAM is a daily way of giving back in salons. It was created in 2012. S.O.F.T. means Salon Operation Fringe. The Artists Salon is an amazing addition to the York Region Community. The amount of community work they partake in is inspiring. The company, and Maria, show the business world the beauty of working with the non-profit sector.