RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - The Allianz Foundation for North America
has awarded a $50,000 grant to Girls for a Change, a national nonprofit organization which has its east coast headquarters in Richmond, and is focused on training and empowering low income girls aged 11-18. Through its cornerstone Girl Action Team program, Girls for a Change teaches girls and young women in low income communities to find solutions to challenges they face, gaining voice, skills and problem solving in order to realize their full potential.
Girl Action Team participants come together for a minimum of 12 weeks to take on a social change project led by professional women coaches. Together, they identify the root cause of a particular issue in their community and go through the process of solving it. Past projects have included anti-bullying campaigns, pre-natal care education, boosting self-esteem to avoid risky behaviors, avoiding teen pregnancy and promoting school funding among others. The Allianz Foundation grant will support program management, outreach, supplies and other expenses.
"Girls for a Change is doing amazing work in empowering young women to shape their lives positively and to become change makers in their communities," says Christopher Worthley, Executive Director of the Allianz Foundation for North America. "We are proud and honored to partner with them in this."
"Through our Girl Action Teams, Girls for a Change empowers girls to lead better and healthier lives and make positive changes for themselves and their communities," said Angela Patton, CEO of Girls for a Change. "We are very pleased to accept this important grant from Allianz. The funds will help us reach more girls with a program that teaches important life skills and has the power to change lives."
Allianz Foundation for North America
The mission of the Allianz Foundation for North America (AZFNA) is to empower young people to shape a secure future for themselves and for the communities in which they live. A foundation of Allianz SE, Munich, the parent company of the Allianz Group, AZFNA is committed to creating sustainable social value by partnering with programs that help young people develop the skills, motivation, perspectives and opportunities they need to be successful, self-reliant and socially conscious members of society. The foundation makes major project grants across the US in communities in which Allianz Group companies maintain head- and major representative offices, such as Richmond, VA, home of Allianz Global Assistance.
Girls For A Change
Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods. GFC empowers girls for personal and social transformation. The program inspires girls to have the voice, ability and problem solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. For more information, visit girlsforachange.org.
Allianz is ranked 31stin the Forbes Global 500 (2013) and is the 63rdmost valuable global brand (Interbrand, 2013). Allianz has 144,000 employees worldwide and 78 million customers in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Allianz had 110.8 billion euros in revenue and over 1,770 billion euros under management. Allianz brands in the US include:
- Allianz Global Assistance (Richmond, VA)
- Allianz Life
- Allianz Global Investors
- Fireman's Fund
- Euler Hermes
- Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty