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: tsanders@ywcaulstercounty.org
YWCA Ulster County is a United Way agency.

YWCA Board of Directors

Allison Quinn, President
Erica Doyle, Treasurer
Susan Diamond, Liaison to Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. Advisory Committee

Moira Bauer
Catherine Coleman
Samara Daly
Nina Dawson
Susan Diamond
Anya Ferring
Angela L. Figurelli
Gloria Fox
Channon Greenfield

Maya Hambright
Lena Johnson
Liam Kamp
Su Marcy
Raven Mei
Lauree Ostrofsky
Joanne Sandler
Amy Westberg
Theresa Lyn Widmann


After working with youth for ten years, in March of 2007, Mary Farel contacted the YWCA Ulster County to see if they were interested in becoming a Girls Inc. affiliate. Mary’s desire to bring a gender specific program to the area was fueled by a need she recognized for girls to have a safe space to cultivate their voices while learning leadership and advocacy skills. Mary met with Andrea Park, the YWCA’s Executive Director who was very excited at the prospect of bringing the National research-based Girls Inc. program to the region. In September of 2007, the first Girls Inc. program was piloted at the Edson Elementary School in Kingston, NY to a group of 10 girls as an 8-week after school program. As of 2018, Girls Inc. of Ulster and Dutchess Counties implements 15 school year long programs at eight different schools in four school districts with programs still growing.

Mary Farel


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.


Girls Inc. Girls Inc. national website provides global information about our organization, mission, vision and outreach.

The Girl Effect The Girl Effect is a movement about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.

Girl Up Girl Up envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

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.