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Achieving Academic Success, One Step at a Time

Ericka Portela lights up when she talks about the girls in her middle and high school SNEAKERS groups. She is a Crittenton Program Facilitator, working with both English and Spanish-speaking girls in Montgomery County. One of the ways in which Crittenton serves girls in the DC Metro area is by helping them to improve their academic performance – an achievement that can be frustratingly elusive at times. But, Ericka has a method – focusing on short-term goals to create a foundation for academic success.

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The Inside Story by Pamela Jones: June 2017

The truth is that life is full of obstacles, no matter what your age.  If you are reading this newsletter, you have already overcome hundreds of obstacles, evidenced by the fact that you are in a professional position succeeding in your chosen career.

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In Focus: Learning to Lead During LeadershipWEEK

Spring brings flowers, robins, and two very special Crittenton girl-centered events.  First, is the annual 3 day Leadership Academy, where Crittenton facilitators take girls through intensive learning exercises centered on leadership and professionalism.  Second is the Talk with a Teen Girl Today High Tea, an exciting mix of business leaders, educational supporters, professionals of all stripes, and Crittenton girls and their proud parents.  The Tea is a forum for intergenerational conversations about what’s important to teen girls, and how the adults attending the Tea surmounted life’s obstacles to reach their professional career goals. These two events – the Leadership Academy and the Tea – will bookend a new Crittenton initiative, its first annual LeadershipWEEK.  From April 21st - 27th, the focus will be on empowering Crittenton girls to use their leadership and advocacy skills to work with other girls in their communities. 

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In Focus: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an issue that is, unfortunately, far too common. According to a study conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one in three girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Crittenton takes a preventative approach to intimate partner abuse, and creates a safe space in which discussions about healthy relationships take place - empowering girls to stop dating abuse before it starts!

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