Our Programs are designed to empower girls to transform their self-image and realize their full potential.
Girls Inc.’s research-based curricula and relationship-focused programs are delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in positive, all-girl environments. They spark girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, promote drug and pregnancy prevention, foster self-esteem, and teach skills such as stress management, financial literacy, and community leadership. Some last just one day, others up to 12 weeks, but all are designed to empower girls to transform their self-image and realize their potential as friends, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save money and how to help others through philanthropy. As girls explore how the economy affects everyone locally and globally, they develop skills critical to being financially savvy and to become economically independent adults. Girls learn these skills through four age-appropriate components: She’s on the Money!; Dollars, Sense, and Me; Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders, and Futures and Options.
Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals, and other drugs. In this peer-education program, girls ages 11 to 14 learn healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media, and other pressures and then assume the roles of PEERsuaders for young girls. The program is available in Spanish as Persuasión Positiva.
Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality will assist 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 will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health.
Our New Approach
Girls Inc. recognizes that sexuality is a key aspect of our whole girl approach. To be Strong, Smart, and Bold, it is critical that girls have the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health. With a rapidly changing society influencing girls’ lives, it was time to strengthen our sexuality education programming (formerly Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy) to incorporate new learnings, update information, and address the diverse world of the girls we support.
Leadership and Community Action
Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. In Discovery®, girls ages 9 to 11 celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and develop awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good. In In Our Own Hands®, girls ages 12 to 14 deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one's community.
Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women. They learn to analyze critically what they see and hear in the media, advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising media, and create images that are more realistic and reflective of their lives. Girls have the opportunity to create media that are realistic and reflective of their lives. They also learn about media-related careers and the positive use of the media. Components of the program include: Media and Me, Media Smarts, Girls Take Another Look, Girls Get the Message, and Girls Make the Message.
Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves. Components of the program include: Eureka!; Girls Dig It; and Thinking SMART.
Girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence. Older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls. Components of the program include Be BOLD; Action for Safety; and Living Safe and Strong.
Girls learn to appreciate an active lifestyle as they develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in sports and adventure. Girls also explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits and excitement of taking healthy risks. Through three age-appropriate components—Steppingstones℠, Bridges℠, and Girls enCourage® —girls build a foundation for a lifetime of enjoying physical activity and participation in sports and adventure.