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Advocacy

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Meet Octavia!

Octavia Lenoir is the Social Justice and Advocacy Coordinator here at Girls Inc. of TN Valley.

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Y. Davis

Juneteenth

The 2020 Juneteenth Freedom Rally was the first event we attended to start our advocacy and social justice work. We set up a Girls Inc. booth so people could learn more about us and how they can invest in our young girls. This event helped us find a group of people who have the same goal as us, which is to obtain equality for all!

Period Poverty

A new project of ours is working on tackling period poverty. Many young girls will experience inequity when it comes to menstruation resources. The goal is to not only give the girls access to free good quality products, but also to educate and encourage them to speak out on the disadvantages many young girls, like themselves, are going through when it comes to Period Poverty.

Period Poverty Flyer

Together We Can

For the first time ever we are introducing an event dedicated to our advocacy and social justice, Together We Can. The event is to inspire all of the young girls in attendance to learn and be motivated to use their voices!

Push Out Flyer

Vote!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we made it a priority to participate in early voter registration rallies, have the girls do mock elections, educate the girls on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and have women in politics speak to the girls. We took a field trip to Market Square to visit the Suffrage Movement monuments and start a conversation with the girls. Through all of this we made sure that the girls understand that their vote matters!

Community

We want every community that we serve to know that we are always with them. We have attended numerous protests, marches, and showcases along with helping repaint the BLM mural, Keep Knoxville Beautiful clean-ups, and packaging and delivering food for families in need. It’s of great importance that our young girls see us not only in their schools but also in their communities so they know we support them unconditionally.

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Let us know about new events!

We would love to participate in any advocacy events in the Anderson, Blount, and Knox counties!