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Girls Inc. offers structured programs two times per week at select NMUSD Elementary Schools. Girls Inc. also offers family enrichment workshops, family fun nights, and additional resources to help build strong families and to promote involvement of parents/guardians in all aspects of their girls’ lives.


Nationally and locally developed programs are designed to 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. (See below for descriptions of nationally developed, research-based programs). Elective programs also offered at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living and the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center and include: creative, culinary & fine arts; character and leadership development; literacy; community awareness and more.

Girls Inc. Operation SMART®
Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Girls Inc. Economic Literacy®
Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save money and how to help others though philanthropy.

Girls Inc. Media Literacy®
Girls increase awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women.

Girls Inc. Project Bold®
Children today feel better when their sense of personal safety is increased. It is vital to teach children early how to be safe and aware in the world. This violence-prevention and personal safety program offers three age-appropriate components.

Girls Inc. Sporting Chance®
Girls build a foundation for enjoying physical activity, sports, and adventure throughout their lives.

The Girls Inc. Mind+BodySM
Initiative Girls Inc. Mind+Body is an initiative which helps give girls the knowledge, skills and attitude required to form and maintain a healthy, positive sense of self. It focuses on four areas: physical activity, nutrition, body image, and stress.


Supported by Hoag hospital and the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, Girls Inc. provides programs at select elementary schools. Eligible girls are enrolled in Project Success (NMUSD’s after school program) on the following campuses:

  • Adams Elementary
  • College Park Elementary

Girls can also register for Girls Inc. programs through the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center or the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. Programs are provided Monday – Thursday.



Based on the ‘5 Building Blocks of Literacy’ (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension), Literacy Lab uses best practices and strategies to strive to ensure that girls are reading at grade level proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. We are partnered with Project Success to provide Literacy Lab to girls 1st -3rd grade on the following campuses:

  • Pomona Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary
  • Wilson Elementary


The 2016/17 school year program, located at the Girls Inc. Youth & Family Center, will not be in operation. Please see the resources below for a list of alternate after-school programs in the area.

We wish your daughter a very successful school year!

2016 Resources: After School Programs


Girls need a place where they can develop important life skills, encounter new experiences, succeed academically, and have FUN.

To inquire about these or any other Girls Inc. elementary programs, please contact Kelli McIntosh at (714) 597-8611 or

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