Girls Inc. of Ulster and Dutchess Counties is a program of YWCA Ulster County. We provide Advocacy, Services, & Education for Women, Children & Families. Girls Inc. of Ulster and Dutchess Counties was founded in 2007 as an affiliate of the nationally recognized Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization serving only girls, with roots dating to 1894. Since 2007, the YWCA and Girls Inc. have expanded opportunities for girls in our community and inspired them to be Strong, Smart, and Bold!

Girls Incorporated is at the heart of girls’ lives and at the forefront of the girls’ rights movement. The organization is the leading expert on the issues facing girls because girls’ voices and diverse perspectives have always been the foundation of the organization’s work. Today our acclaimed programming, original research, and compelling public education and advocacy campaigns continue to put girls front and center.


Girls Inc. programming is offered at schools, community centers and youth facilities. Our research-based programs have been welcomed at the Kingston City School District, Highland Central School District and Wallkill Central School District. Programs can be offered during the school day, after school, or as one-time events, and can be tailored to the specific needs of your girls.


209 Clinton Ave., Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-338-6844
Fax: 845-338-0620
Email: YWCAulster@HVC.RR.Com
YWCA Ulster County is a United Way agency.

Andrea Park
Executive Director
845-338-6844 ext. 106


Mary Farel, LMSW

Director, Girls inc. of Ulster and Dutchess Counties
845-338-6844 ext. 307

Mary has been directing the Girls Inc. program since its inception. Her interest in the wellbeing and empowerment of youth, specifically girls, was instrumental in her asking the YWCA Ulster County to become a Girls Inc. affiliate in early 2007. After 16 years of working as a film producer in New York City, Mary moved to Ulster County for a quieter life, and began working as an Administrative Director for a nonprofit arts organization where she first began to work with youth. Her commitment to girls finding their voices and developing their individual leadership style is evident in the work of the REEL Girls!, ZINE Project and Community Leadership and Action programs she facilitates. She is a longtime yoga teacher and likes to utilize mindfulness techniques when working with youth. Mary pictures a world where girls are confident to live the life they want, can advocate for themselves, and are free to pursue their wildest dreams knowing they can make a difference.


Andrea Park

YWCA Ulster County Executive Director
845-338-6844 ext. 106

Andrea has been the Executive Director of the YWCA for the past 12 years. She began her work with the YWCA in 1995 as a volunteer with board’s Nominating Committee and became an employee in 1997 as the Director of Special Projects. Andrea has lived and worked in Ulster County for nearly 25 years. She has a M.ED from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

The YWCA Ulster County has been providing education, services and advocacy for women, children and families since 1923. The YWCA is proud to be a provider of Girls Inc. programming.

YWCA Board of Directors

Amy Ingram. Esq., President
Heather Blakely, Vice President
Gina Sottile, Treasurer
Juliann Colotti
Gina Pamblanchi
Che Sharp
Donna Tomesch
Allison Quinn

Girls Inc. Advisory Committee

Mary Farel
Andrea Park
Natalie Merchant
Catherine Coleman
Juliann Colotti
Maria Jansdotter Farr
Nicole Gill
Katy Kondrat
Erica Salzmann
Donna Tomesch
Sarah Urech


Maria Jansdotter Farr

Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. Ulster and Dutchess Counties

Maria moved to the US in 1995 from Sweden. She has worked in a number of programs that empower youths. She is committed to supporting young girls in finding their own voices. Maria has created and taught programs in art and writing in New York City and Hudson Valley since 1997.
She is a freelance writer and artist with a Masters in Women’s Studies and Writing.




How old are the girls you serve?

The girls are between 6 – 18 years old with age appropriate groups.

Why just girls?

The purpose of Girls Inc. programming is to enable girls to achieve their full potential. Today’s girls are confronted with social, economic, cultural, and legal barriers and by providing a safe ‘girls only’ space, and research-based programs specifically for girls, their needs and their challenges, we are able to inspire and empower girls to set priorities to make smart choices that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

How can I offer Girls Inc. at my school/facility?

You can contact the Girls Inc. Director, Mary Farel, to discuss the various programs and options available for your girls.


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Miss Representation MissRepresentation.org is a non-profit social action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

V-Girls V-Girls is a global network of girl activists and advocates empowering themselves and one another to change the world, one girl at a time.

Girls Leadership Worldwide Girls’ Leadership Worldwide, is an international leadership development program for girls entering their sophomore or junior year of high school next fall.

Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights

  • Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender 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.