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.
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 have had the pleasure of being involved with Girls Inc of NYC for over a year now, and keep being surprised time and time again by the thoughtfulness, creativity and relevance of the programs. The staff, volunteers, educators and the girls themselves all strive to bring to life educational programs that bridge the gap between school and life, and contribute to empowering hundreds of participants each year. Girls learn how to manage a stock portfolio, how to assemble components of a computer, and dozens of other equally useful and unexpected skills, through it all developing their own confidence and believing they can be whoever they want to be. One of the goals of the programs is to accompany the girls on their way to college, but that's really only one step in a lifelong journey.