National Programs

Girls Incorporated of the Greater Peninsula is part of a national research, education, and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Programs based on research gathered at the Girls Inc. National Resource Center encourage girls ages 6 to 18 to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Programs are offered throughout Hampton Roads through a network of community sites and schools and are facilitated by trained professional staff.

Girls Inc. Operation SMART® builds girls’ skills and interest in science, math, and technology. Hands-on activities give girls the opportunity to explore, ask questions, and solve problems. Components of Operation SMART include: Eureka! ®, GirlsLink SM, GirlsLink Gets SMART, Girls Dig It, and Career Action.

Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy® helps girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy. The program fosters girls’ communication skills, provides basic health education, and encourages girls to plan for the future through four age-appropriate components: Growing Together SM, Will Power/Won’t Power ®, Taking Care of Business SM, and Health Bridge SM. The first two components have been translated into Spanish as Crecer Juntas and Querer/Poder Decir “no”.

Girls Inc. Media Literacy® encourages girls to think critically about media messages and fosters their awareness of the scope and power of the media and its effects of girls and women. Girls gain media literacy skills that enhance their ability to critically examine and advocate for change in entertainment, news and advertising media.

Girls Inc. Project Bold® strengthens girls’ abilities to lead safer lives. Girls develop strategies for self-defense (including physical techniques), for seeking out and talking with caring adults about personal violence, and for advocating on violence issues for girls and young women. Age-appropriate components include Kid-Ability!TM (Kid Jr.), Action for Safety SM and Taking Action.

Girls Inc. Economic Literacy® introduces girls as young as six to basic financial concepts, including money management and investment. The program explores how money affects us locally and globally as it fosters development of the skills needed to be financially self-sufficient.

Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion® builds girls’ skills for resisting pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals and other drugs. The two-part substance abuse prevention program teaches girls ages 11 to 14 healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media and other pressures. The girls then assume roles as PEERsuaders for younger girls.

Girls Inc. Sporting Chance® builds movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in all sports as girls explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits of healthy risk taking. The program lays a foundation for a lifetime of sports participation through two age-appropriate programs: Steppingstones SM and Bridges SM.

Girls Inc. Discovery Leadership® partners girls and women in community action projects chosen by girls, building leadership skills and creating lasting change. This leadership development program for girls ages 9 to 11 celebrates the heritage of girls and women as leaders, and fosters girls awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good.