June 26, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $250,000 To Provide More Opportunities For New York City Girls

Federal Dollars for Women’s Sports Foundation Will Help Keep More Girls in School, Combat Violence, Increase Mentoring and After-School Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $250,000 for the Women's Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! New York City Initiative in the FY10 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill to provide free curriculum materials and technical assistance to schools, recreation agencies and 300 non-profit, girl-serving organizations that are committed to addressing the needs of sedentary girls. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.


"Young girls today need every opportunity to be leaders for tomorrow," Senator Gillibrand said. "This federal investment will give the GoGirlGo Initiative the resources it needs to engage more New York City girls in sports and physical activities - helping to empower them with higher confidence and good decision-making. We'll help reduce unintended pregnancies, achieve better grades and set more New York City girls on a path to a bright future. I pledge to always be a voice for New York City's young girls, and work to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed."

The Women's Sports Foundation is a New York-based non-profit organization that engages young girls in sports and physical activities to help keep them in school and on a path for a bright future.

The Foundation's GoGirlGo New York City Initiative is a mentoring, education and development program that targets at-risk teens to keep more young girls in school and away from crime, violence and drug abuse. The $250,000 federal investment will help the GoGirlGo Initiative provide free curriculum materials and technical assistance to schools, recreation agencies and 300 non-profit, girl-serving organizations that are committed to addressing the needs of sedentary girls. 

Late yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for Commerce, Justice and Science passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.