To inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold
That all girls in our care grow up healthy, educated, and independent with a strong foundation for successful adult lives.
So many girls need help overcoming the messages and pressures from family or community that make them doubt their self-worth. We help girls gain confidence encouraging them to set achievable goals, explore their interests, and dream beyond their realities. Girls Inc. staff mentors and community partners work daily to help girls discover that their potential is limitless. We know that caring people, a safe environment and targeted experiential programming will best empower girls to reach for success. And this is why:
Our staff along with community volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships, and encourage peer friendships that support positive goals and aspirations.
Our programs are girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and respect.
Girls Inc.'s research-based programming is hands-on, minds-on, and meets the needs of today’s girls with age-appropriate information and knowledge. That way, we can better support girls in making decisions that lead to healthy lives; academic success; and life skills that prepare for adulthood.
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.
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.