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.
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.
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.
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.
Girls Inc. Bill of rights
Although the times have changed, Girls Inc. always has been, and always will be, all about the girls. With a continued commitment and dedication to measurable and lasting impact, we honor the Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights.
Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist stereotypes.
Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
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.
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.