WELCOME TO THE GIRLS INC. EXPERIENCE!

Girls Inc. of Westchester is an all-girl experience that empowers girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold! We believe in the approach of developing the whole girl, while also providing social and emotional support to girls throughout Westchester County. Our programs give girls an opportunity to participate in the Girls Inc. Experience, make lifelong friends, have fun and build skills that will help them throughout their lifetime!

We inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart, & Bold! We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. Experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.

The essential elements and foundation of the Girls Inc. experience have been developed over decades of Girls Inc. affiliate experience, guided by our Research and Evaluation and Learning Central Departments, and documented in the Girls Inc. Programming Toolkit.

The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and program content and practices that together empower girls to succeed.

Environment

A pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously for the persons they are now and the women they will become

People

Trusting, mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities

Program

Holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focused on girls’ needs and that provides exposure to a wide variety of experiences and options that girls might not have experienced otherwise

Relevant, field-tested, and research-based curricula

that confront the serious needs of girls while building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals and adult women

Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls’ strengths.

Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

The Girls Inc. experience is designed to lead to these long term outcomes:

Strong/Healthy

  • Makes healthy choices
  • Manages reproductive health

Smart/Educated

  • Motivated to achieve post secondary education
  • Sets & achieves personal, educational, and career goals

Bold/Independent

  • Has healthy relationships
  • Has sound body image (which is related to self-confidence)
  • Uses own voice & advocates for others
  • Is resilient