Girls Inc. of Holyoke will now be known as Girls Inc. of the Valley!
The organization announced the change during a news conference Wednesday morning in Springfield.
A news release distributed at the conference said the reason for the change is to reflect the growth of the organization as it inspires more girls within the Pioneer Valley.
Girls Inc. of the Valley will remain headquartered in Holyoke with the organization remaining committed to the city where it originated, but other cities served by the organization such as Chicopee, Springfield and South Hadley can also feel represented.
“Not everyone realizes that we serve girls from several communities,” said Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Valley Suzanne Parker. “As we continue to grow our footprint, we are proud to have a name that better shows who we are.”
Girls Inc. of the Valley has already partnered with 10 schools including Chestnut Academy Middle School in Springfield and Bellamy and Dupont Middle Schools in Chicopee.
While the organization has changed its name, the mission will stay the same. Girls Inc. of the Valley will continue to encourage girls to value education as a path to economic independence, use their creativity and self- expression, champion diversity, work for change in their community, and explore careers that are not defined or limited by their gender.
By 2021 the organization expects to reach over 1,000 girls in the Pioneer Valley.