Who We Serve
Girls Inc. Westchester is a nonprofit organization that offers girl-only programs at schools and community centers throughout Westchester to help ‘tween and teen girls navigate the real-life challenges they confront during middle and high school and lay the groundwork for healthy, independent, and fulfilling futures.
Our programs are targeted toward girls ages 9 to 18 with a focus on the middle and high school years. These are the developmentally crucial stages when having a girls-only space to share, build confidence, and interact with positive role models can make all the difference.
Program locations are found throughout Westchester. Our in-school programming is delivered in Yonkers, Port Chester, Ossining, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill, White Plains, Mt. Kisco and Bedford. Our Leadership Councils, which are open to all middle and high school girls, meet at our offices in White Plains. Our virtual sessions are held on Tuesday and Saturday. We also host special events in additional communities upon request.
Proven Impact Through Focused Programs
All of our programs have been developed and tested by the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center, the country’s largest and most comprehensive research center on girls.
Program topics include:
- Media Literacy
- Violence Prevention and Safety
- Financial Literacy
- Leadership and Community Action
- Health and Sexuality
- College and Career Readiness
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
By helping girls to think critically about the world, avoid at-risk circumstances, confront and overcome challenges, and envision their own potential, we give our girls the promise of a brighter future.
A girls-only environment provides a sense of physically and emotionally safety. There is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect.
Facilitators are extensively trained to deliver programs that are engaging, relevant and fun. In partnership with local schools and community-based organizations, we reach the girls who need us most by providing instructors who understand their needs.
Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships. They take the time to engage with families, encourage girls to pursue leadership positions, and serve as role models.
96% of Girls Inc. girls feel pregnancy would interfere with their schoolwork.
Girls increase their understanding of health issues affecting them, their families, and their communities. They develop the motivation and practical skills to take charge of their health today and throughout their lives.
Through our Healthy Living programming girls increase their level of physical activity and view their bodies more positively.
Academic Enrichment & Support
89% of Girls Inc. girls find science or math interesting.
Girls participate in program activities and experiences that expand upon and support their school-based learning and engagement, and provide the assistance and guidance that may not be present at home.
Through our Academic Enrichment and Support girls improve their outlook and performance in school.
LIFE SKILLS INSTRUCTION
92% of Girls Inc. teens say they can use what they know to solve “real-life” problems in their communities.
Girls participate in program activities and experiences that build the learning, skills, and behaviors that increase confidence and resilience, enabling them to set and achieve their goals and lead productive, independent and fulfilling lives.
With Life Skills Instruction girls improve their self and emotional control.