The Women’s Resource Agency in Colorado Springs is the only Colorado organization participating in #OperationGirl charity challenge, a global fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.
The agency’s program called InterCept, which works with adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of high school or misbehaving, is part of the $100,000 Operation USA challenge, which kicked off on the Today show earlier this month.
The Women’s Resource Agency has set a goal of raising $5,000.
“When girls drop out and lose the connection to education, they are at risk for sex trafficking, teen pregnancy and drug abuse,” said Melissa Marts, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. And, “they lose the opportunity to live a self-sufficient and economically independent life.”
Girls ages 14-18 who go through the InterCept programs have a 99 percent graduation rate. They come to the program through the criminal justice system, foster care or school staff. Girls learn about healthy decision making, relationships and leadership skills.
The campaign runs through Aug. 18. The team that raises the most during the public CrowdRise challenge will win a $50,000 donation.
To participate, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/operationgirl, and look for the Women’s Resource Agency team.