Ribbon Cutting For Girls Rising

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The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce with the founders of Girls Rising. (Photo by Caroline Ryan)

Girls Rising, a nonprofit 501c3 organization created by the all-female rock band Antigone Rising held a ribbon cutting on Oct. 10, to celebrate the opening of their new headquarters, which is now located at 247 Sea Cliff Ave. in Sea Cliff.

Congressman Tom Suozzi, Senator Jim Gaughran, Sea Cliff Village Mayor Ed Lieberman, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, as well as several members of the community, attended the ribbon cutting to show their support for the grand opening of the nonprofit’s new headquarters.

Girls Rising seeks to empower and inspire girls and LGBTQ kids to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEAM) fields, most of which are largely male populated workplaces. The nonprofit was founded by Cathy Henderson, Kristen Ellis-Henderson and Nini Camps.

“We uplift kids and build self esteem by sharing our personal stories at outreach workshops and live performances,” the Girls Rising website states. “We include special guests at our workshops from other STEAM fields to create a panel of diversity. Girls and LGBTQ kids need to see strong role models they can emulate and identify with in positions of leadership. Our outreach workshops aim to do just that by bringing successful women and queer people of all ethnic backgrounds to their attention.”

Girls Rising awards annual grants and scholarships to students in underserved school districts and provides kids with opportunities through events such as the Girls Rising Music Festival and the Game Changer Awards.

“Having Girls Rising in our village is a tremendous asset, the service they are providing to our youth is important and I believe it will have a positive impact for years to come,” Lieberman said.

“We must provide young women with a strong foundation to empower them and help them grow into successful leaders. Girls Rising’s new headquarters will assist them with their fantastic work and service to our community,” Gaughran said. For more information, visit www.girlsrising.org.

—Additional information provided by Girls Rising

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