1. WHY DO YOU ONLY WORK WITH GIRLS?

Girls Inc. recognizes the unique challenges that girls face, and is committed to providing programming that helps compensate for these gender inequalities. While society's expectations affect both boys and girls, studies show that girls are more disadvantaged by them. Gender-specific programming lets girls focus on their real interests, at their own pace, free from distractions and comparisons. Read more about our research behind the benefit of girls-only programming! 

2. WHY IS GIRLS INC. NEEDED?

Imagine a community where all of our girls are safe, healthy, thriving, and ready to realize their full potential. Much has changed over the years, but growing up to be a healthy, confident, and independent female continues to be a daunting task. For hundreds of girls facing social and economic challenges, Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest provides the safe space, the encouragement, and the programs they need in order to envision a brighter future.

3. HOW IS GIRLS INC. UNIQUE?

Unlike other youth organizations, Girls Inc. has a dual focus. We work to help girls become strong, smart, and bold so that they can tackle the challenges they face. At the same time, we work to change the world to make it a more equitable place for girls. We prepare girls to be the leaders of the 21st century and we're determined to make the 21st century a time when girls can lead.

4. WHO PARTICIPATES IN GIRLS INC.?

Girls Inc. programming is open to ALL girls. Girls who participate in our programs come from across the greater Portland, OR, area and range in ages 6-18 from a variety of backgrounds, including Caucasian, African American, Latina, Native American, Asian, and more.

5. WHAT DOES GIRLS INC. DO FOR ITS PARTICIPANTS?

After school Girls Groups are our primary outlet for program implementation. Our age-specific curricula provide life-changing programs that focus on issues that all girls face, from body image and bullying to college planning and conflict resolution.

6. HOW DOES A GIRL GET INVOLVED IN GIRLS INC.?

The primary outlet for Girls Inc. programming in the greater Portland, OR, area is our after school Girls Groups. If we are not currently serving your neighborhood or school, please contact us at info@girlsincpnw.org to learn more about other options.

7. HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH GIRLS INC.?

Girls Inc. offers a fulfilling, in-depth volunteer experience for our Girls Guide volunteers, STEM professionals, media professionals, guest speakers, and field trip hosts. We also offer additional opportunities to serve on special event steering committees, volunteer in our administrative office, or help out on-site at a special event. 

8. HOW IS GIRLS INC. OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FUNDED?

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt agency (Federal ID #54-2073930) and operates on a carefully managed budget. We are a locally funded, locally governed affiliate of the national organization Girls Incorporated. Contact us to learn about making a tax-deductible charitable gift.

9. DO YOU WORK WITH TRANS YOUTH? 

Yes! Girls Inc. is committed to providing the comprehensive Girls Inc. Experience to girls - including those who identify as girls regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression during their time at Girls Inc. We do not discriminate or exclude girls from our programming based on their gender identity or gender expression. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice and responds to modern advances in our understanding of gender identity and expression by welcoming cisgender girls and young women, transgender girls and young women, and non-binary individuals who experience gender-based oppression.

This position applies to new Girls Inc. enrollees as well as youth already enrolled in our programs. Girls Inc. staff respects a young person’s wishes to be called by a certain name and/or gender pronoun. We recognize that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Girls Inc. is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.