At Girls Incorporated of Hamblen County, our mission is to “Inspire ALL girls to strong, smart and bold.” Through consistent mentoring, educational support and targeted programming, we build a girl's potential to make decisions that build a positive future.
The 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.
Beginnings: The "Girls Club"
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.
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
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.
Girls Inc. Today
Girls Inc. currently provides more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance.
Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.