“At Girls Inc., I felt as if a transformation had happened, as if I took one big step on the ladder of success, as if I paved a way for my own future. I felt as if a barrier was removed from my way. It was an exciting feeling, the feeling of pride in one’s own success, the feeling of overcoming fear through taking risks. And it is that moment of joy that makes me want to take another step, take another risk, and pave a new path.” —Mekdes

Girls Inc. has been inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold in the Portland Metro Area since 2005. We started small, but have grown to reach over 2,000 girls throughout Multnomah, Washington, and parts of Marion Counties. With over 70 groups operating three times per year, along with summer camps every summer, we bring the Girls Inc. Experience to girls all over the metro area and equip them to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and to grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.


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I want to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold because that’s exactly what they are!! A little encouragement can go a long way, and the power of an enthusiastic and supportive mentor can really help elevate the mentality and long lasting drive of the girls involved. I know the world needs more confident and empowered women, and from first hand-experience I know how much of a change a mentor can make in a young girls life. Because of this, I will continue to support the youth as much as I can and I will try to give back the gift I was given!
— Kourtney, Girls Inc. Volunteer

“I support Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest because there is no better investment than promoting self-confidence in girls, and empowering them to dream big and develop the skills to achieve their goals.”

— Dana Sullivan, Girls Inc. National Board Member and partner at Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP