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Girls Inc. of Pinellas to receive award for documentary

PINELLAS PARK — The National Organization for Women will present its Girl-Powered Media Award to Girls Inc. of Pinellas on Saturday.

The award, which will be presented at NOW's national conference in Tampa, honors Being Safe in Our World, a video documentary produced during last summer's Operation SMART Summer Camp for 40 girls ages 9 and 10.

The video investigates the effect of a pornographic billboard on the Girls Inc. community and its relation to violence against women and girls. To produce it, the summer campers had to learn production skills while honing their critical thinking and advocacy skills.

"Seeing that exploitative billboard was very disturbing for our girls," said Girls Inc. executive director Renee McInnis.

"They learned how they could do something about it" McInnis said. "They created a little video masterpiece which has gained wide recognition in our community, and which has now been selected by NOW for this national award. Our girls have learned that their voices matter and they can make a positive difference in our community."

Girls Inc. is a 50-year-old nonprofit youth development agency whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. tries to provide a unique environment where girls build their capacity for academic excellence, financial independence and personal fulfillment. For information, go to or call (727) 544-6230.

Reach Anne Lindberg at or (727) 893-8450.

Girls Inc. of Pinellas to receive award for documentary 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:32pm]
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