INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

Girls Inc. of Orange County offers programs developed by our national organization as well as local programs designed by our staff and volunteers to meet the interests and needs of girls served in Orange County. The programs developed by the national organization are research-based and tested to be effective in empowering girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold.

Program Philosophy

Girls Inc. programs feature research-based curricula for girls ages 5 to 18 at over 50 outreach sites each year. We put our mission into practice by strengthening the whole girl, by providing year-round, holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming; focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), healthy relationships, sound body image and teaching girls to use their voice to advocate for themselves and others.

Strong

Educating girls with age-appropriate programs that promote:

  • Health & Nutrition

  • Physical Fitness

  • Healthy Body Image

  • Prevention of Personal Violence and Substance Abuse

Smart

Challenging girls to explore and be inspired by programming focused on:

  • Science, Math & Technology

  • Academic Tutoring

  • Economic Literacy

  • College and Career Planning

Bold

Empowering girls through programs that teach:

  • Personal Safety

  • Leadership

  • Advocacy

The Girls Inc. Experience

Based on research and affiliate experience these are the six essential elements of the Girls Inc. experience:

  1. A pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously for the people they are now and the women they will become.
  2. Trusting, mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities.
  3. Holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focused on girls’ needs which provides exposure to a wide variety of experiences and options that girls might not have experienced otherwise.
  4. Relevant, field-tested, and research-based curricula that confront the serious needs of girls while building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals and adult women.
  5. Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls’ strengths.
  6. Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

The Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights

  • Girls have a right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.

  • Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

  • Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.

  • Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.

  • Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.

  • Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.