Girls Inc. strives to give every girl the life skills she needs to achieve her dreams. Grounded in research, tested in the field, and delivered by trained facilitators, our award-winning programs address:
- Math and science education
- Health and relationships
- Peer pressure
- Substance abuse prevention
- Media literacy
- Economic literacy
- Violence prevention
- Sports participation
- Civic engagement
Girls Inc. programming puts the tools for empowerment in girls’ hands and encourages them to take healthy risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. We currently run 15 Girls Inc. peer groups across 4 regional school districts.
Reel Girls! is a gender specific after school program that teaches adolescent girls digital storytelling, specifically how to make documentary videos and Public Service Announcements. The mission of the program is to assist girls in cultivating their voice through the art of filmmaking. Participants learn how to produce a short video on a topic of their choice and of immediate relevance in their lives. From creating a concept to researching an idea, from storyboarding to scriptwriting, and from actual filming to editing, girls are encouraged to take risks, express their thoughts and feelings, and realize their power through the process of making a film together. For girls ages 11-18 yrs. old.
GIRLS FOR REAL FOOD
The Girls for Real Food project is part of the leadership program, and was borne out of the girls’ concern for having healthier and tastier food in the school cafeteria. The group’s focus is on bringing awareness to better food choices through tasting events with professional chefs, field trips to local farms, cooking classes and working in the school garden. Farm to school educators collaborate with girls and teach them about food activism. Girls learn to use their voices to state their mission and desire for change to school administrators.
For girls ages 10-18 yrs. old.
THE ZINE PROJECT
The ZINE Project, a component of the Media Literacy program where girls create a self–published magazine, was established in 2008 as an avenue for girls to find and develop their voices through written word and visual arts. Girls craft their own messages and are given the arena to talk back to conventional media-makers about how girls and women are depicted in current media. For girls ages 10-18 yrs. old.
The ZINE Project, a component of the Media Literacy program where girls create a self–published magazine, was established in 2008 as an avenue for girls to find and develop their voices through written word and visual arts. Girls craft their own messages and are given the arena to talk back to conventional media-makers about how girls and women are depicted in current media.For girls ages 10-18 yrs. old.
Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances, such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and household chemicals. After learning healthy ways to manage stress and to deflect peer, media, and other pressures that contribute to substance use, girls become peer educators (PEERsuaders) for younger girls. (available in Spanish)
Girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. With support from women in their community, girls celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and social change agents and realize their own power as community resources and trustees of the common good.
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 what they see and hear in the media and advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising. As girls create media that are more realistic and reflective of their lives, they learn about careers and the positive use of media.
Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through handson 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.
Girls acquire the knowledge and skills for taking charge of and making informed decisions about their sexual health. Exploring values, practicing responses in different situations, and thinking about their futures help girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. (available in Spanish)
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.
Girls build a foundation for enjoying physical activity, sports, and adventure throughout their lives. As girls develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, and healthy habits, they experience the benefits and excitement of taking positive risks that bolster their self-confidence and personal growth.