You believe that girls are strong, smart, and bold.
Girls Guide Volunteers make a significant impact on the lives of Girls Inc. girls, and equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and to grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.
Becoming a Girls Guide is the most meaningful commitment a person can make to girls in the Pacific Northwest, and the women who dedicate themselves to this role are key players in advancing the rights and opportunities of girls and young women, reducing and eliminating the barriers girls face, and reforming systems that impede their success. Our Girls Guides spend 90-120 minutes every week leading a girls group, delivering programming that will support girls to take risks, maintain healthy body image, and be safe in their world. Our Girls Guides develop trusting, mentoring relationships with girls. They are trained by Girls Inc. staff to deliver our research-based, proven curricula to help girls develop the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically-independent future.
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is committed to providing a rewarding, educational, and supportive volunteer experience. As a Girls Guide volunteer, our Girls Inc. staff Program Coordinators will be your personal liaison, ready to help you reach success in this volunteer position.
The Girls Guide Role: What's In It For you?
Girls Inc. will provide you with training in group facilitation, age-appropriate and gender-specific program delivery, and highly researched, ready-made curricula and activities for you to implement with our Girls Groups
You'll get to know the girls in your group better each week - and they will love getting to know you!
As a Girls Guide volunteer, you'll be paired with a volunteer or staff co-facilitator
Girls Inc. gives you the supplies and curriculum - you bring your enthusiasm for empowering girls!
Programs are typically delivered after school, Monday - Thursday, between the hours of 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Our groups are in Oregon are located primarily in North and Southeast Portland; we also have sites in Hillsboro, Beaverton, Gresham/East Portland, and Woodburn. In Washington State our sites are in Vancouver, and now, Seattle, too!
We will work with you to connect you to a Girls Group that is most convenient for your schedule and location
Girls Groups run for 8 to 10 week terms in the fall, winter, and spring that follow school calendars
Each Group usually lasts from 90 - 120 minutes and meets once per week
All Girls Guides must attend a one-time, 4-hour training
Overall, you can expect to commit to 3 hours per week (which includes prep time before each Group and wrap up after each Group)
The Girls Guide Process
Congratulations! You are ready to become a Girls Guide volunteer. This is what you can expect the process to look like:
Receive an email from our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Tara
Complete a 15 minute phone interview
Complete 6 online training modules through the Girls Inc. Learning Site
Attend a 3-hour in-person volunteer training in late August/early September
Get matched to a Girls Group site and a co-facilitator
Complete 4 additional training modules through the Girls Inc. Learning Site
Complete a background check
Co-lead a Girls Group!
Requirements and More Information
All Girls Guide volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate
All volunteers who will have direct contact with girls are required to pass a criminal background check
All volunteer records are securely stored with Girls Inc. and will remain confidential