Girls Incorporated Of New York City

Rating: 4.84 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

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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EIN 13-4028433
212.531.7620
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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.

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

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  

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  

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  

Girls Inc has been a wonderful opportunity that I feel so grateful to be a part of. I volunteer as a mentor, and we go monthly to the same school, teaching lessons on empowerment to disadvantaged middle school girls. The staff is friendly, approachable, determined, and organized. The fellow mentors are incredible people who share a common belief. This has been the best volunteer experience of my life, and I've loved being a part of the organization!

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

the girls themselves give such positive feedback and that is the most important thing. We can feel like we've done a good job, but when the girls say they loving coming to our programs, and are really engaged in participating, that shows me that the results are paying off.

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

do nothing! I've loved the experience.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with Girls Inc in the summer of 2010 and it was a phenomenal experience. Their team was incredibly organized and energetic and motivated by the Girls Inc mission. They had a wonderful training program for volunteers and I felt that I got just as much out of the experience as I was able to provide for the students. I would absolutely volunteer with Girls Inc again if given the opportunity!

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

being filled with motivation and energy to help engage women in learning skills and tools to empower themselves.

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

give them lots of money! They are a fantastic organization and do wonderful things for young women.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the wonderful opportunity to do a year of service with Girls Incorporated of New York City as a member of AmeriCorps. I was part of a three-person team that helped create and manage an official volunteer program, putting in place systems to recruit, train and place volunteers in Girls Inc of NYC programs. In this role, I helped provide a middle school after-school program with additional adult support for activities and homework tutoring. It was amazing to see how many people were drawn to Girls Inc's mission, and who were not only willing but eager to give their time to the girls.

I am honored to have been a part of such a positive, inspiring organization, working among people who dedicate their lives to female empowerment. Though I was not always intimately involved with direct service, I certainly was able to see what a positive impact the programs had on the girls. It was powerful to see young women who found new interests, new ways to express themselves, and built confidence in themselves.

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

Every member of this organization - the girls, full-time staff, part-time staff, volunteers, supporters - truly showed me what it means to be a "strong, smart and bold" woman. It is evident that every person who is exposed to Girls Inc of NYC programs leaves feeling more empowered and confident. I know this holds true not only for the girls, but for the volunteers I worked with and certainly myself. I will forever be stronger for the experiences I had and things I learned at Girls Inc of NYC.

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

The only change I would make to this organization is to somehow help it expand to include even more programming throughout the five boroughs, because the need for and benefits of Girls Inc programs are clear.

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?

2010

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Girls, Inc. is a wonderful organization that gives underserved girls the opportunity to express themselves and to learn of the inner strength that they possess. The girls are enthusiastic and participate in every aspect of the curriculum. The mentoring sessions serve as a safe environment where the girls can ask questions about anything and vent frustration regarding family and friends without fear of judgment. I am proud to be part of this organization and to help young girls realize their potential to be "strong, smart and bold."

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

the appreciation that is expressed by my mentees each time I see them. I can see their confidence grow a bit more with each mentoring session.

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

have a menotring session for middle school students that focused on the importance of eating healthy.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

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

All the volunteers need to show up on time. Tardiness can be forgiven with the students because they do not fully control their schedule, but it is inexcusable for the mentors to be late.

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

I was reminded that a child may have the potential to become a great member of society, but that potential is only realized when she has the support of her family. It upsets me to know that so much of the raw talent in these young girls will be wasted because they were not encouraged by the people around them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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