Gamma Phi Beta is committed to building strong girls! As women we are passionate about our philanthropic focus because we know that young girls are facing more challenges and pressures than ever before, making the need for a safe place to grow and discover themselves with the support of mentors crucial to building the confidence they need to tackle the future. Girls need women in their lives who can help them develop the skills to succeed in life. Gamma Phi Beta sisters are those women! Gamma Phi Beta supports this through our national philanthropic partner Girls on the Run and our local partner Girls Inc. We are thankful to be able to volunteer hands-on in the Chattanooga community with Girls Inc and attend Girls on the Run races in addition to offering monetary support through the raising of philanthropic dollars alongside the 180+ Gamma Phi Beta Chapters nationwide.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM. Informed by the experiences of girls and their families, Girls Inc. works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives. Chattanooga Girls Inc. has worked with more than 26,000 girls ages 6 -18 throughout since it charter in 1961, Since 2007, 100% of high school girls that participate in Chattanooga Girls Inc. after school programs go onto college. Eta Kappa is proud to volunteer at Chattanooga Girls Inc. alternate fall and spring break camps as well as donate money to the organization.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Girls on the Run camps meet twice a week in small teams to learn life skills taught by certified Girls on the Run coach, set goals, and train to run a 5k. Girls learn how to understand themselves, value relationships, work with others, and understand how they connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of each camp's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Eta Kappa is proud to volunteer with local Girls on the Run chapters through coaching the girls, writing letters to them in camp, cheering them on and running with them at local races, and donating money to the organization.