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Girls Inc. will be offering a BRAND NEW Summer Program this year – introducing the YESS Entrepreneurship Academy! The YESS (Youth Empowerment and Self Sufficiency) Program has been one of the most popular summer programs for over 15 years, where girls learn leadership, economic literacy, and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own businesses! This summer, we are excited to announce that the Chapman University Argyos School of Business and Economics will host the program!

YESS Entrepreneurship Academy is open to current 3rd – 5th grade girls and will run for 4 weeks during the month of July. For questions about YESS Entrepreneurship Academy, please contact Kelli McIntosh, Elementary Program Coordinator at or (714) 597-8611.

Click here to register today!

YESS EAcademy Chapman University 06-17 SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM

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.


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


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.


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

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