Girls Incorporated is at the heart of girls’ lives and at the forefront of the girls’ rights movement. With programs that are grounded in research and tested in the field, our organization celebrates and empowers girls, and advocates for an equitable world. The compelling voices and perspectives of girls are woven throughout the organization’s work, which includes engaging programs, original research that highlights underlying causes and effective solutions for girls’ issues, and persuasive advocacy at both local and national levels. Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula reaches out to girls whoever and wherever they are on the Peninsula.
Girls Inc. offers programs that flex and strengthen the whole range of girls’ muscles building their athletic skills and competitive spirit; nurturing girls’ ability and interest in science, math, and technology; and fostering their self-respect and self-determination. Girls ages 6 to 18 come to our programs in varies sites throughout the community vibrant centers filled with energetic girls and welcoming staff members absorbed in having fun, exploring, and learning.
All Girls Inc. programs have solid research and evaluation as their foundation. Girls Inc. national commissions and conducts original research to understand and address issues affecting girls and young women. Our national staff and local affiliate leaders analyze the findings and collaborate on programming that meets the needs identified by our research. Pilot projects and model programs are tested by the national organization in partnership with a select group of affiliates, fine-tuned, and then made available to the entire Girls Inc. network. Girls and staff members report back on how these programs are working and what new issues have arisen.
Girls Inc. encourages girls to advocate for themselves, and the organization creates opportunities for girls to speak for themselves in public arenas.
For example, girls have:
• Spoken at press conferences about issues facing girls as they take control of their financial lives;
• Consulted with top Hollywood executives about media portrayal of women and girls;
• Shared their personal stories at national conferences of overcoming obstacles due to sexism, racism, and poverty; and
• Organized their communities around important issues during our annual Girls Inc. Week celebration.
Taking action on their own behalf enables girls to think of themselves as leaders at a young age; assess community needs and do something to improve their communities; practice assertiveness and leadership; use analysis and organizing skills to achieve their advocacy goals; and understand, exercise, and protect their rights and the rights of others.
A nationally recognized authority on girls’ concerns, Girls Inc. informs policy makers, the media, and business leaders about girls’ needs locally and nationally. The staff at our policy office, in Washington, DC, provides expert testimony before Congress and partners with a coalition of youth and women’s groups to ensure the rights of girls.