Empowering girls, creating equity and making foundational change
Jackie Devine, director of community outreach for Alpine Bank Denver, is a seven-year employee of the bank. She’s also an advocate, board member and committee chair of the nonprofit Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD). Her support of the mission — to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold — comes naturally, as she’s also the mother of two young girls.
An organization dedicated to the next generation of girls, the vision of GIMD is a world in which every girl values her whole self, discovers her inner strengths and achieves her goals.
“I grew up in a household where my family taught me to follow my dreams and that I was just as smart as anyone else. I know that many girls in our communities don’t have the same home life that I grew up with,” says Jackie. “I joined Girls Inc. to help inspire all girls in our communities to know that they can do anything they set their minds to.”
Jackie also reflects on her growing-up years, and the cultural and societal boundaries that defined what a girl should, or shouldn’t do, for her career.
“Girls inc. is breaking those barriers. They’re creating pathways for girls to advance in engineering, science and math and I’m honored to be a part of guiding this organization,” she says. “I now have two little girls of my own and I want to help create a community where all girls are valued for their opinions, and are involved in every conversation.”
She explains further that Girls Inc. allows every girl to show up as their whole self, each day.
“They’re among peers and have a safe and stable environment to take risks and explore new adventures. They teach girls to speak up and use their voices for change. I am honored to support this organization with my time as much as possible,” says Jackie. “Girls inc. has inspired me to raise my girls as STRONG, SMART and BOLD!”
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