of Greater Santa Barbara

Our research-based programming is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls ages 5-18 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.

Positive Outcome
80% of Girls Inc. girls and teens are happy with how their bodies look, compared to 48% nationally.

Girls increase their understanding of health issues affecting them, their families, and their communities. They develop the motivation and practical skills to take charge of their health today and throughout their lives.

Through Healthy Living programming girls:

Increase their level of physical activity and view their bodies more positively.

Positive Outcome
83% of Girls Inc. girls and teens agree they have opportunities to learn about the education and training required to have different careers.

Girls participate in program activities and experiences that expand upon and support their school-based learning and engagement, and provide the assistance and guidance that may not be present at home.

Through Academic Enrichment and Support girls:

Improve their outlook and performance in school.

Positive Outcome
80% of Girls Inc. teens say they can use what they know to solve “real-life” problems in their community.

Girls participate in program activities and experiences that build the learning, skills, and behaviors that increase confidence and resilience, enabling them to set and achieve their goals and lead productive, independent, and fulfilling lives.

With Life Skills Instruction girls:

Improve their self and emotional control.

Three elements are critical to successful outcomes:

Trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships. Our staff take the time to engage with families, encourage girls to pursue leadership positions, and serve as role models.

Girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect.

Research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Our trained staff develop locally-focused programs that ensure girls are exposed to new experiences.

A Focus on Policy and Advocacy

Informed by girls and their families, we tackle the systemic barriers that affect the conditions in which girls are growing up. We work with local leaders and other stakeholders to ensure girls have the knowledge, resources, and skills to live healthy lives and access meaningful educational opportunities. We also advocate for policies that combat sexual violence and support girls who experience trauma.

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Looking for information on girls’ issues?

Our library of resources covers a range of topics including sexual harassment and violence, bullying, healthy relationships, economic literacy, girls and sexuality, and effective mentoring.

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We stand with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Take action with these resources and read our statement in support of racial justice.

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