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Just wanted to send a huge thank you for sending Ana out to our teens. She is wonderful! The students really connected with her and can’t wait to have her back in the Fall. They learned so much in just two sessions....imagine how much they’ll learn from the entire series!
— Sarah Graybeal Parenting Class Teacher Vista & Alta Vista High Schools

Programs: Research-based Tools Used to Empower Girls

Three current Girls Inc. participants talk about how Girls Inc. programs are empowering them.

Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls of all ages to be strong, smart, and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained mentoring professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The structure of the programs is individualized to the needs of our program partners at the sites where we work, however, most program sessions run twelve weeks and meet for an hour and a half each week. Girls Inc. of San Diego County is committed to investing significantly in each girl so establishes and maintains relationships with program sites that last for years. Ideally, we try to expose the same girl to multiple Girls Inc. programs throughout their middle and high school tenure. We work with each girl to reach her potential academically, physically and emotionally.

Through the generous support of donors, we are currently able to bring our research-based programs free of charge to the girls we serve in some of the highest needs neighborhoods throughout our county. Currently we are serving middle and high school girls with semester long programs in select locations in Escondido, Vista, Oceanside, and Fallbrook. Periodically we also provide one-day programs throughout San Diego County. 

Latinas Y Que

Latina girls are empowered to take charge of their lives. Girls learn about their cultural and family heritages, hone their leadership and communication skills, participate in community activism and health promotion, and pursue academic and career development opportunities with family support.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

Girls acquire the knowledge and skills for taking charge of and making informed decisions about their sexual health. Exploring values, practicing responses in different situations, and thinking about their futures help girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 

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 community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls.

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