WHO ARE WE?

UnknownSince 1916, Girls Incorporated of Worcester has been committed to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. Programs like our girls only basketball league, Eureka!, Leadership Academy, aquatics, and Girls Promoting Safety (GPS) are just some of the many ways Girls Inc. of Worcester motivates girls ages 5 to 18 to learn, grow, and be an effective part of our community. We are proud to serve 1,800 girls in Greater Worcester every year, helping them overcome gender, economic, and social obstacles.

Girls Incorporated of Worcester (Girls Inc.) is a non-profit organization with a proud 98 year history of supporting girls to navigate successfully through the challenges of growing up female, of inspiring girls to dream big dreams and gain the skills and confidence to achieve them, and to, with them, be their voice in the community.

OUR MISSION & VISION

Inspiring all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent) by offering quality research-based programs in a safe environment and providing opportunities for girls to take healthy risks, build leadership skills and master physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges.

IInspirar a las niñas y a las jóvenes a ser seguras, inteligentes, y decididas

Our vision is to be:

  • the premier organization in Greater Worcester that empowers girls to realize their full potential and recognize their rights;
  • widely recognized as the research-driven educator, collaborator, and advocate for girls and young women in our community;
  • an organization with a sustainable business model, recognized throughout the community for having a professionally-trained and empowered staff and a strong brand image as THE organization that supports girls develop into strong and confident women.
  • Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
  • Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
  • Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.
  • Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
  • Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
  • Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
Girls Incorporated of Worcester (Girls Inc.) is a non-profit organization with a proud 98 year history of supporting girls to navigate successfully through the challenges of growing up female, of inspiring girls to dream big dreams and gain the skills and confidence to achieve them, and to, with them, be their voice in the community. Girls Inc. of Worcester serves 1,800 girls annually ranging in ages 5-18, Monday through Friday at our facility located at 125 Providence Street and through fourteen direct services sites in schools, housing developments, and program partnerships in greater Worcester.

OUR PRIMARY FOCUSES

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HOW WE INVEST IN OUR GIRLS

Our organization addresses girls’ needs using Identity Programs that empower girls grades K-12 in the areas of math and science education, pregnancy and substance abuse prevention, media and financial literacy, sports participation and violence prevention.

Trained facilitators deliver the programs; they focus on gender equity, and involve the participation of the girls on a regular basis where they can engage in long-term relationships with the staff and other girls.

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The Girls Inc. Leadership Academy recognizes the amazing leadership potential in young women today. By pairing girls in grades 10–12 with professional women from our community as mentors, this program encourages and inspires girls to challenge themselves and gives them amazing opportunities to learn and grow.

Each Girls Inc. Leadership Academy has a corporate or organizational sponsor. Unum and Leading Women MASS are the two current sponsors helping us to reach out to area schools to provide this dynamic, intensive, and fun program.

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The Girls Promoting Safety program is in collaboration with YWCA and the Women’s Initiative of the United Way. This program helps girls in grades 7-8 learn to establish healthy relationships with parents, peers, and partners. It consists of these major components: communication and healthy/unhealthy relationships. GPS is offered in several middle schools. Please contact your school to see if it is available. Interested in starting a GPS program at your school? Please contact us at 508.755-6455 to learn how.Learn More

This program links middle school girls with professionals (particularly women) in the STEM fields. These “SMART Partners” help plan and deliver the program, encouraging girls to think like scientists by thinking with scientists.

Thinking SMART develops girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. Meets Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s 4p-5:30p throughout the school year.

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