History and Background
“I want (people) to stop judging me for what I look like, but for how I act. ” – Kara, 13
MISSION AND HISTORY
Established in 2007, Girls Incorporated of Westchester County inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We are the local affiliate of Girls Incorporated, a 150 year old national nonprofit providing 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. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
PURPOSE AND COMMUNITY NEED
According the Westchester Children’s Association’s 2016 Children By The Numbers report, “there is overwhelming evidence that age, race, location, and gender play major roles in determining a child’s well-being and life prospects, especially when it comes to poverty, future income, and education.” Disparities follow girls throughout their educational journey and beyond including higher education, economic security, and even professional success. Therefore, it is vital to understand the needs of underserved girls to design effective approaches to address their needs.