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Girls Incorporated of New York City

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Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs, Unknown, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

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girlsincnyc 04/21/2011

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

winniew

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Nicole L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Kela W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls Inc of New York City is the type of organization that makes you smile knowing you're goig there; light up while there; and leave happy that you got to be apart of something so phenomenal.

I've had the sincere honor of volunteering with Girls Inc NYC for a few years now and I am so happy that I get to go back everytime. The staff is both smart and committed to the work. They work to ensure that not only are the girls strong, smart, and bold...but everyone that is involved is as well.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Girls Inc. of NYC is a great organization that empowers underserved girls to be "strong, smart and bold". Almost 100% of GINYC girls graduate high school and go on to college -- that's quite a feat in NYC where about half of our kids graduate high school. Girls Inc. of NYC makes the future of New York City look brighter -- these girls will come back home from college and be movers and shakers in their communities, giving back and making life better for everybody. Girls Inc. is a great cause indeed.
Girls Inc. of NYC makes New York City better, girl by girl by girl.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Girls Inc. last september and went every wednesday afternoon for the scholl year to work in Project Grow - an after-school program which is run by Girls Inc. I think Girls Inc. do a great job or providing an interesting and helpful program for young urban girls. They can take art, dance, photogaphy etc. classes and also get a good environment for them to do their homework and get help if they need it. I really enjoyed volunteering with them because the young girls are great and the tutors who ran the programs were all good with the girls so I learned a lot on how to relate to and handle girls of that age group. Also I did feel my volunteering was useful because as the girls got used to seeing me regularly, they would ask for help with their homework and projects and it's a pleasure to see them understand something better after I explain it to them. Some weeks I was sent to help a different group also, which I thought was good too as sometimes volunteer organisations can actually have too many volunteers but I felt that Project Grow is well run enough that they will send the volunteer to help where they are needed the most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a Girls Incorporated volunteer, I have had a very enjoyable experience working with students as well as with staff. Through helping the girls with test prep and homework, I've seen them show such enthusiasm and excitement for projects they're involved in, books they're reading for class or pleasure, and in other areas of their learning. When I inquire about their projects or current books, the girls respond with zeal, thoroughly explaining everything they've learned. This excitement for learning is a quality I wish I had in middle school and high school, so at times I am truly in awe of these amazing girls. This positivity I see the girls display when involved in school work is proof to me that Girls Incorporated is doing a wonderful job in providing meaningful and effective education, establishing trusting relationships, and encouraging the rejection of gender restrictions; the number of girls who have told me they like math and science is proof alone! I have had an awesome experience with Girls Incorporated – keep up the great work!