Girls Inc. to shower graduates with college necessities


Think events like bridal or baby shower, but instead of giving gifts to couples getting married or having babies, the celebration is for high school graduates about to start an equally exciting chapter of their lives: college.

Organizers at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe have planned a virtual “college shower” Thursday for three teens, members who finished their senior year this spring: Isabella “Izzy” Willard, Leevee Martinez and Brianna Garcia.

Because the novel coronavirus pandemic has canceled most formal graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020, organizers of Girls Inc. — a nonprofit meant to inspire girls between 5 and 18 years old “to be strong, smart and bold,” according to its mission statement — said they hope the event provides a similarly symbolic sense of closure and empowerment as the young women transition into adulthood.

“I think it’s really important that the girls have these types of rites of passage moving from one point of life to the next,” said Kim Brown, the organization’s president and executive director.

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