State incentives through Youth Opportunities Program will help Girls Incorporated of St. Louis reach more young people, Gov. Nixon says | Governor Jay Nixon

State incentives through Youth Opportunities Program will help Girls Incorporated of St. Louis reach more young people, Gov. Nixon says

August 17, 2012
Organization to expand capacity to mentor, educate young women in St. Louis metro area, with goals of improved academic performance, decreased delinquency
St. Louis (city), MO

Girls Incorporated, a non-profit organization that provides girls and young women with educational and cultural programs in a safe environment, will reach more young people in the St. Louis metro area, thanks to state resources announced today by Gov. Jay Nixon. The Governor outlined the $69,631 in Youth Opportunities Program tax credits for Girls Inc. while visiting the organization's St. Louis educational center today, where he was joined by the non-profit's leadership and employees.

"Since 1981, Girls Incorporated has helped young women in St. Louis succeed in school and stay on the right track," Gov. Nixon said. "The programs of Girls Incorporated provide valuable instruction in areas such as financial literacy, reading and science, and employment readiness to help these young women reach their potential in life. I am pleased that the state of Missouri can assist this important organization in expanding its critical mission to serve more young women in the St. Louis area."

Since the St. Louis chapter was established in 1981, Girls Inc. has been providing programs to meet the needs of girls ages 5-18 in the St. Louis community. The organization offers a number of research-based informal education programs, including language arts, math, science, media literacy and economic literacy. In 2012, Girls Inc. implemented a new strategic plan to expand its After School Program and to increase the number of young people it serves in the St. Louis metro area.

The Youth Opportunities Program tax credits announced today by Gov. Nixon support Girls Incorporated's fundraising by allowing the organization to solicit donors while offering them the incentive of having 50 percent of their donation returned to them in the form of state tax credits.