Girls Groups are the most popular way for girls in every community to access THE GIRLS INC. EXPERIENCE
How do Girls Groups work?
Girls Groups meet with their Girls Inc. volunteer Girls Guides weekly for 90 minutes over three eight-week terms each school year.
Each group is made up of girls from two consecutive grade levels.
Girls Groups will spend each term finding their way through the age-appropriate component of one of our Girls Inc. curricula with the help of our Girls' Guide volunteers and facilitators.
The majority of our Girls Groups are available throughout the school year and as a component of our summer programs.
The purpose of Girls Groups (and all Girls Inc. programming!) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and to reach their full potential. Girls Inc. programming is grounded in our Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights, giving our efforts both focus and direction.
Girls Inc. believes that all girls are capable of achieving their full potential if their rights are upheld and the social, cultural, and legal barriers to their success are recognized and addressed.
Addressing barriers girls face requires effort and resources from all who have an impact on girls' lives. As the leading voice for girls in the Pacific Northwest, Girls Inc. is dedicated to understanding and eliminating the barriers confronting girls. Furthermore, Girls Inc. believes that while such barriers remain, girls deserve gender-specific programming and environments that challenge and encourage them to achieve their full potential:
GIRLS DESERVE ENVIRONMENTS in which they are taken seriously for who they are, what they do, and how they think and feel.
GIRLS DESERVE ENVIRONMENTS that are affirming and inclusive, fostering diversity based on race, social class, ability/disability, sexual orientation, culture, and other variations.
GIRLS DESERVE OPPORTUNITIES for active involvement with peers in acquiring new information, practicing new skills, and advocating for change.
GIRLS DESERVE MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS with adults who understand their needs and strengths, challenge them to take positive risks, and maintain high expectations for their achievement.
GIRLS DESERVE EXPERIENCES, opportunities, and relationships with adults that embody and support their rights.
Therefore, Girls Inc. commits its collective resources to implementing a balanced program of informal education that upholds girls’ rights and that empowers girls to live and succeed in an inequitable world.
SOME TOPICS COVERED IN GIRLS GROUPS:
GIRLS INC. OPERATION SMART®
Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on
activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve
problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM
careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic
options for themselves.
GIRLS INC. FRIENDLY PEERSUASION®
Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances,
such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and household chemicals. After
learning healthy ways to manage stress and to deflect peer,
media, and other pressures that contribute to substance use, girls
become peer educators (PEERsuaders) for younger girls.
GIRLS INC. MEDIA LITERACY®
Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the
media and the effects of media messages on girls and women.
They learn to analyze what they see and hear in the media and
advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising. As
girls create media that are more realistic and reflective of their
lives, they learn about careers and the positive use of media.
GIRLS INC. PROJECT BOLD®
Girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes,
in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn
specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to
caring adults about personal violence. Older girls also take on a
project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls.
ALLIES IN ACTION
Allies in Action teaches girls how to overcome relational
aggression—otherwise known as bullying, helping girls to
identify how to navigate conflict as individuals and as peer
GIRLS INC. HEALTHY SEXUALITY®
Girls acquire the knowledge and skills for taking charge of and
making informed decisions about their sexual health. Practicing
responses in different situations and thinking about their futures
help girls identify ways and reasons to practice healthy sexuality.
GIRLS INC. LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY ACTION
Girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through
community action projects. With support from women in their
community, girls celebrate the heritage of girls and women as
leaders and social change agents and realize their own power as
community resources and trustees of the common good.
GIRLS INC. ECONOMIC LITERACY®
Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to
manage, invest, and save money and how to help others through
philanthropy. As girls explore how the economy affects everyone
locally and globally, they develop skills critical to being financially
savvy and to becoming economically independent adults.
GIRLS INC. MIND+BODY
Girls are supported and educated around whole body health,
focusing on the importance of physical activity, proper