The Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls awarded a $20,000 grant to Family & Children's Agency to support the Girls' Challenge program.

Now in its sixth year, Girls' Challenge helps sixth- through eighth-grade girls explore issues and topics relevant to their life such as self-esteem, body image, peer pressure, self-care and stress management. Participants also work on integrating leadership skills into their daily life through team building, cooperation and learning effective communication skills. The senior group of seventh- and eighth-grade girls focuses on honing their leadership skills through community service projects, a youth advisory council, and exploration of their own interests and life goals.

"We are so grateful for the continued support of the Fairfield County Community Foundation for our youth development programs," said Robert Cashel, president and CEO of the agency. "This grant recognizes the importance of developing tomorrow's leaders in our local communities."

The FCCF promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds.

The foundation has awarded more than $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

The foundation's Fund for Women and Girls was established in 1998 by women for women and is a permanent field of interest fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Since the Fund's establishment, $1.9 million in grants has been awarded to Fairfield County nonprofits that address the unique needs of women and girls.

For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org or call 203-750-3200.

FCA is a non-profit family service organization serving more than 10,000 individuals throughout Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.

FamilyandChildrens

Agency.org.