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2007 and 2014 Grant Winner, Girls Inc., is celebrating 50 years in Owensboro!

Once again the women of IMPACT 100 chose wisely in selecting Girls Inc. as the winner of a grant twice – once in 2007 and again in 2014.  The Messenger-Inquirer had an article celebrating their 50 years of success  and the girls they’ve served.  Well done!!

Strong, smart and bold’ – Girls Inc. celebrates 50 years in Owensboro

  • By Renee Beasley Jones Messenger-Inquirer

Handwritten love notes cover every inch of Tish Correa Osborne’s office door at Girls Inc.

One admirer drew a picture of Superwoman, along with a note that read: “Your [sic] Superwoman Ms Tish.”

Another little girl’s note read, “I love you Tish becase you ceep me safe.”

Correa Osborne, CEO of Girls Inc., tapes those tokens of affection on her door as a reminder of what matters most — the girls.

Girls Inc. of Owensboro celebrates 50 years of helping girls become “strong, smart and bold.” Its first board of directors met on May 21, 1969.

“I understand that we started out wondering how we were going to make payroll sometimes,” said Correa Osborne, who has served as CEO since the mid-80s. “Incredible volunteers, staff and donors gave so much of themselves, working tirelessly through the years to help build Girls Inc. into what it is today.”

The nonprofit’s first home was a Rolling Heights apartment. Then, it expanded to two apartments in the complex. In following years, Girls Inc. bounced from site to site.

Today, it leases two campuses — a stand-alone building in Rolling Heights and space at Owensboro Christian Church.

Through the decades, Girls Inc. has “weathered tornadoes and fires but never stopped serving girls and their families,” Correa Osborne said.

Changing lives

Linett Brice grew up in a single-parent, low-income family. She was the youngest of four children. Her family lived in Rolling Heights.

Brice, now 44, attended Girls Inc. from fifth grade until she graduated from high school. She worked at the nonprofit one summer before heading off to college.

Girls Inc. changed her life.

“Growing up in an underserved community places a child at a disadvantage due to lack of resources and economic hardships, which can lead to educational and health disparities,” Brice said. “A child can become a product of their negative surroundings, putting them at risk of continuing in a cycle of poverty. Girls Inc. was my outlet.”

Its family atmosphere fostered the belief that all girls — rich or poor — deserve a fulfilling future, she said. Through education and personal development, the program taught her how to dream big and reach goals.

Today, Brice works as a clinical adviser at Humana……

Read the full article here:  Girls Inc Celebrates 50 years in Owensboro