Girls Incorporated of New York City

Rating: 4.84 stars   19 reviews

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Location: 120 Wall Street Suite 1804 New York NY 10005 USA

Mission: The mission of Girls Incorporated of New York City is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We have a sharp focus on education and an unrelenting dedication to the girls of New York City. We reach over 2,500 girls each year, with an emphasis on reaching girls in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and crime. Evidence-based and age-phased Girls Inc. programs focus on: economic literacy, media literacy, science, math & technology, health & sexuality, violence prevention & self defense, sports & wellness and leadership development. Our programs for girls ages 6 – 18 are critical supplements to help our girls graduate and pursue college or vocational training. Girls who stay in school will have greater earning potential and independence and build stable families. Through participation in our programs, girls learn the skills to become leaders in their communities, leading to exponential change Girls Incorporated of New York City was created in 1998 as an independent affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization. We reach girls through partnering with schools, city agencies and community based organizations to deliver innovative programs during the school day and after school hours. This year, we will reach over 2,500 girls in over 20 New York City locations ranging from Far Rockaway, to the East Village, to the South Bronx.
Target demographics: young girls
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Economic Literacy, Friendly PEERsuasion, Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy, Operation SMART, Media Literacy, Leadership and Community Action, Project BOLD, and Sporting Chance.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was very fortunate to work with Girls Inc of NYC as an AmeriCorps volunteer last year. I felt so lucky to work with a group of such committed staff, volunteers, and most of all... young women. I worked with two other AmeriCorps members to recruit more volunteers, and the new volunteers always said they were touched by the mission to encourage all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

I always looked forward to engaging with the participants of the Girls Inc programs and seeing the projects they were working on. Whether it was building robots or choreographing dance routines, I was inspired by the creative freedom the girls were encouraged to use. It was evident that they felt empowered by the programs in which they participated. Even though I have completed my year of volunteer service with AmeriCorps, I still read up on new developments with Girls Inc of NYC, and I am constantly telling people about the great programs they offer.

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I've learned a great deal about the importance of encouraging girls to try new things and showcase their talents. Even as a volunteer, I felt inspired and empowered to put myself out there and take on new challenges. The environment is very positive in that way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of any changes I would make.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer for Girls Inc. for a year and a half and it is, by far, one of the best volunteer experiences! Their projects are great and you can see the difference they are making right in front of you. The girls I mentor really enjoy coming to their school on a Saturday morning to their sessions. That, right there, is worth bragging about!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way the girls express themselves and are open to all of the topics that the organization works with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a volunteer blog or a volunteer network where we all could meet and expand our work and talk about challenges and how to face them.

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Hi! Thanks for the great suggestion! We will look into some options for online forums for our volunteers. Will keep you posted!

Rating: 5 stars  

The Girls Inc. of NYC motto is to be "Strong, Smart, and Bold."
Girls Inc. is a great opportunity for girls to apply themselves and learn hands on subjects and about themselves in a safe and friendly environment. They have the opportunity to connect and an outlet for creativity in art, music, science, and writing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Inspiration is a cycle of inspiration..inspire others and you also rewarded by inspiring yourself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to have the organization participate in more schools in NYC. I would also loved to have the program when I was in school.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

have the opportunity to have socializing out of the time provided. More "lesson" planning preview, review, and feedback.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learning new skills about teaching and how to connect to 6th and 7th graders (8th graders so far have been challenging unless they are self motivated to learn and contribute into the program).

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel great. I feel that non-traditional teaching is an outlet for career.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls Inc NYC is a truly inspiring organiztion. They use educational programs to shape the lives of the girls of NYC and help them achieve great things!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering with girls and hearing them share their experiences. In addition, I helped work with girls that had gotten into college.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to start newer and better programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

Five years ago, we founded the Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women. Our mission is to empower young women through a rigorous, comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. As one of our founding, integrated partnerships, Girls Inc has been a pivotal participant in helping us realize our mission and goals. Together with Girls Inc, we have been able to provide a wide variety of courses and curricula designed to empower our young women through health education, physical education, and STEM courses. Two years ago, we worked collaboratively with Girls Inc to secure 21st century funding that now provides an after school program, rich in course diversity, for all of our young women. This year, we again worked with them to secure funding to extend these programs into our day programming. Without the partnership with Girls Inc, our progress to achieving our school's mission would be greatly diminished. Girls Inc, their mission and their organization, is a perfect match for us and for all of our young women.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As one of the founding principals of the UA Institute

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding to replicate what they've been able to accomplish with us as an integrated partner for other New York City public schools.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls Inc has helped the young women in my school stay grounded and focused amidst a society that tells them who to be, how to think, and what to wonder.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the school I work at.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of volunteers!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls Inc is an incredible organization. Being a girl these days has gotten better and worse, depending on how you look at it. With all of the negative messages girls receive on a daily basis from their peers and the media and the added pressures they face in an increasingly digital world, Girls Inc goes against the grain and encourages girls to be strong, smart, and bold. So simple, but so powerful. This organization is a voice of sanity in an insane world. Let's make the world a better place to be a GIRL!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see girls finding their voices and their personalities blossom in a safe environment where their opinions and feelings matter!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money so it can do even more good.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls Inc is an amazing organization that is in my school! They help us to empower our young women (100% of our population) through sports, the arts, anti-violence campaigns, after-school activities, sex education. college advisement and trips, and so, so much more!

Our school is lucky to have them as a partner!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My school! They work directly with our students (all girls) on a daily basis - both in school and after-school. They bring amazing opportunities to our young women - our girls have visited the White House, rang the bell at the NY Stock Exchange, participated in charity sporting events. I can't say enough about the women that are in this organization - the are the strongest, the smartest, and the boldest!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more Girls Inc staff in the school (we already have A LOT!)...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've only worked with Girls Inc for a short period but in that time there is no doubt in my mind that it's a great organization. They encourage the girls to be strong smart and bold and in some way encourage the mentors to be the same. It's been a great resource for me to get involved and help out in my spare time. The coordinators are great with placing mentors in mutually convenient school and think through every step so that mentors are never at a lost. They make it super easy so that you can focus on the subject at hand, the students.
The participating girls are so eager to be involved. They look forward to the Girls Inc workshops and are happy to be doing something productive and interactive. It's an all around great experience for everyone involved. I'd recommend both student and potential mentors to get involved!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating and lending my time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I am a board member now, I became involved many years ago as a donor. I firmly believe in the mission - to help underserved girls in NYC - for the reasons that: it is only right and fair to give all youth educational opportunity and guidance; that girls can have an important influence on their families and communities if given the education and guidance; and that NYC is my hometown. There is an extremely hard-working and dedicated staff and a board who is dedicated to the mission. GINYC is getting results!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the success of the girls we help. Specifically, I have met the principals in two of the schools where we have comprehensive programs and we can see the improvement in the girls performance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grow larger.

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