Girls In The Game Nfp

Rating: 5 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1501 W Randolph St Union Park Fieldhouse Chicago IL 60607 USA

Mission: Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness, leadership development and health education to enhance the overall well being of all girls. Since 1995, Girls in the Game, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has emerged as a leading girls’ health and fitness organization in Chicago. Every year, Girls in the Game empowers more than 3,000 girls to make healthier choices and develop the confidence and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field. From yoga and lacrosse to soccer and dance, Girls in the Game exposes girls to a wide and energizing mix of sports and fitness activities year round. We lead after school, summer camp, one day leadership and parent programs. We now have a train-the-trainer initiative so we can help others initiate or enhance thier healthy lifestyle services for girls. Girls are encouraged to get in the game — any game— so they can learn teamwork and determination, and to make choices that lead to a happier, healthier life. All sports and fitness programming includes hands-on workshops on nutrition, health and leadership. Unlike traditional youth programs, Girls in the Game: * addresses the needs of the whole girl * exposes girls to multiple sports and fitness activities combined with nutrition, health education and leadership development * engages girls and young women ages 6-18 year-round * provides peer-to-peer education as well as parent and community involvement * uses a comprehensive program that’s proven to work Outside research confirms that after one year, girls involved in Girls in the Game: * exercise more * have a lower, healthier BMI (Body Mass Index) * eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods * have a healthy body image and feel good about themselves * believe they are leaders with the ability to change their lives and their communities These findings back up Girls in the Game’s core belief that girls who grow up playing sports develop into healthier, happier and more successful women. The best proof that the programs work is from the girls themselves– their smiles, long-term involvement and enrollment in Girls in the Game programs in record numbers.
Results: Outside research confirms that after one year, girls involved in Girls in the Game: * exercise more * have a lower, healthier BMI (Body Mass Index) * eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods * have a healthy body image and feel good about themselves * believe they are leaders with the ability to change their lives and their communities
Target demographics: Girls in the Game welcomes girls from diverse backgrounds and abilities, ages 6-18. Participants live in a cross-section of neighborhoods on the north, south, and west sides of Chicago, as well as in the suburbs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000
Geographic areas served: Chicago and soon will be expanding nationwide
Programs: Research shows that girls who are physically active and involved in healthy-lifestyle programs have higher grades, are more likely to graduate, experience higher self-esteem, and are less likely to drink, use drugs, or engage in risky behaviors. Girls in the Game believes all girls deserve access to sports and fitness, health education, and leadership programs. Girls in the Game programs address the whole girl, and programs are available to girls from 6 to 18 years old. All Girls in the Game programs incorporate the four pillars of our mission – sports, health, leadership and life. Girls in the Game does not solely teach girls sports; it uses sports to teach girls about the important life lessons of teamwork, leadership, confidence, and healthy choices. Girls in the Game programs work together to provide sports and fitness, nutrition and health education and leadership development programming for girls year round and over the long term. Outside research confirms that girls involved in Girls in the Game programs exercise more, eat healthier and have a healthier body image than their peers. Learn more about Girls in the Game programs by clicking on the links below: * Girls’ Advisory Board * After School * Sports and Leadership Summer Camp * Game Days * Alumnae * Parent and Caregiver Initiatives * Spring Training
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

GIG is and incredible place. I believe in its mission and it's lived out everytime i come into contact with one of the girls being served. I see many of the girls at the events and i can see them grow and develop their strong

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

UNBELIEVEABLE WAYS...the girls are resilient and self confident and believe that they can accomplish anything.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that i have met incredible people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach girls all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

can't think of anything...sorry.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My experience is that GIG is an extremely effective organization that provides a critical foundation for young women and their self esteem. The building blocks are based on sports, nutrition, health and life -- and those elements are essential to empowering women to be successful mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

to see young girls grown up in GIG in order to become strong, productive and fearless women.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and truly dedicated to the well being of the young girls and their the families

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend its programming to go beyond a local impact to a national impact and serve as a premier program for other organization for empowering young women

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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