We're Almost 50-Years-Old! Did you or someone you know attend Girls Inc?
50 YEARS OF CARING
In 1972, the women of the Morristown Pilot Club observed girls had a big need in their community. Girls ages 6 to 18 and from all income brackets needed a safe place to gather afterschool and in the summers. They needed good role models and mentors, plenty of encouragement to build positive life-skills, and a fun all-girl environment to help them grow strong, smart and bold. So they put their ideas into action and founded a Girls Club for Hamblen County.
By 1977, their idea had grown into so many girl members that a groundbreaking ceremony was needed for a new building to house them. At the 1978 Annual Banquet, guest speaker Pat Head Summit said of the Girls Club, "You will touch a lot of people. You will probably never know what doors you open, what opportunities you are giving a lot of young girls..."
Now known as Girls Inc. of Hamblen County, our club serves 500 girls each year. Girls from any Hamblen County school have the opportunity to come to the Center for fun educational programming by riding a Girls Inc. bus. Each year, those same buses take girls on educational field trips that widen their worldview. Fun, friendship, learning and growing is all happening at Girls Inc. of Hamblen County.
"You will touch a lot of people. You will probably never know what doors you open, what opportunities you are giving a lot of young girls..."
1978 Morristown Girls Club
HOW GIRLS CLUBS STARTED:
The very first Girls Club (now Girls Inc.) opened its doors in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1864 as a response to the needs of a new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities in textile mills and factories. This club provided recreational and educational programs for these young working women and also for the younger daughters of working class families who had no place to safely gather. The idea caught on and from 1895 until 1930, more centers popped up across the northeastern United States. In May 1945, nineteen clubs decided to formalize their mission into an organization—The Girls Clubs of America. In 1990, the organization changed its name to Girls Incorporated.