Girls Inc.’s research-based programming helps girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
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Our research-based programming is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Here, girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face. After-school and summer programs serve girls in grades TK-12. Our gymnastics program offers classes for girls and boys, preschool to age 18. Select a program below to learn more.
COVID-19 PROGRAM UPDATE:
As of November 18th, gymnastics classes will move back outdoors in accordance with the county’s purple tier status. The health and safety of our staff and youth in all of our programs remains our top priority. We continue to monitor the current situation and will post updates to our program schedule as information becomes available. All youth and staff are required to wear masks and complete health checks prior to entering a Girls Inc. facility. Class sizes have been reduced to maintain physical distancing between youth and groups. Questions? Contact Us.
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara does not discriminate or exclude girls from our programming based on their gender identity or gender expression.
Girls Inc. girls live healthy and active lifestyles and are less likely to engage in risky behavior; they are eager to learn, successful in school, and more likely to graduate from post-secondary education; and they display diligence, perseverance, and resilience.
In 2019, we offered:
44 Strong classes / 19,699 hours of Strong programming
45 Smart classes / 24,927 hours of Smart programming
62 Bold classes / 29,675 hours of Bold programming
Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion builds girls’ skills for resisting pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals, and other drugs.
Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality assists girls in understanding and embracing sexuality with a positive, empowered approach that is built on a foundation of accurate information, cultural sensitivity, and values of inclusiveness and respect.
Girls Inc. Sporting Chance builds movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in all sports as girls explore the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Girls Inc.’s Early Literacy initiative is designed to help increase literacy rates and foster a lifelong love of reading for participants in grades K-3.
Girls Inc. Operation SMART builds girls’ skills and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Girls Inc. Project BOLD strengthens girls’ abilities to lead safer lives by developing strategies for self-defense, seeking out caring adults to help with personal violence, and advocating on violence issues.
Girls Inc. Leadership and Community Action builds leadership skills and creates lasting social change by partnering girls and women in community action projects chosen by girls.
Girls Inc. Economic Literacy introduces girls to basic economic and financial concepts, including money management, investments, and global economics.
Girls Inc. Media Literacy encourages girls to think critically about media messages and fosters their awareness of the power of the media and its effects on girls.
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