Our curricula provide life-changing programs that focus on issues that all girls face, from body image and bullying, to college planning and conflict resolution. Our programs align with one of our three categories, which reflect the key words in our mission: Strong, Healthy Relationships; Smart Academic Success and College and Career Planning; and Bold, Empowered Girls.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Research-based curricula is delivered by trained facilitators
- Outcome-based programs directly address the unique needs of girls
- Through partnerships with local schools and community organizations, we offer our programs to girls at their facilities
Girls Inc. Economic Literacy®
The ability to use basic economic concepts to make decisions about earning, saving, spending, and sharing money is a vital skill. Our Economic Literacy program enhances girls’ financial competence and confidence, empowers girls to recognize that they can exercise control over their financial future, and prepares them for college.
Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save, and how to help others. As they explore local and global economic impact, they also develop critical skills for becoming financially savvy and economically independent adults.
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Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion®
Girls face pressures from many directions—such as the pressure to look a certain way, be popular, or appear mature—often prompting them to turn to unhealthy ways of coping. The Friendly PEERsuasion program assists girls in developing skills to manage stress and deflect peer, media, and other pressures that contribute to substance abuse.
After completing this curriculum and learning healthy ways to manage stress, girls become peer educators (PEERsuaders) for younger girls.
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Girls Inc. Leadership and Community ActionSM
Girls and women have always been leaders, but their leadership has often gone unrecognized. For this reason, it is essential that girls discover their capacity for leadership; through this curriculum, girls have the opportunity to make decisions, take responsibility, and initiate projects in collaboration with experienced women in their community.
By celebrating the heritage of girls and women as trailblazers and agents of social change, girls realize their own power as community resources and trustees of the common good.
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Girls Inc. Media Literacy®
Constant exposure to the media is a given in today’s society, and girls in particular are bombarded with powerful messages that affect their self-image. By increasing girls’ awareness of the scope and power of the media and its effects, they learn to analyze what they see and hear in the media and advocate for change.
Our Media Literacy program encourages girls to examine how media messages are constructed, how these messages reflect social values, and how their active participation can influence the messages. In this program, girls create media that is more realistic and reflective of their lives, learn about careers and the positive use of media, and develop the critical thinking skills to wade through the myriad media messages they encounter. Read more »
Girls Inc. Operation SMART®
Women are traditionally underrepresented in the science and engineering fields; Operation SMART® seeks to change this by helping girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems, and by interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.
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Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy®
Although the recent decrease in teen pregnancy rates is encouraging, the U.S. continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate among industrialized countries, making it vital that girls are equipped with the skills they need to navigate social pressures regarding sexuality. This includes knowing how to seek out healthy relationships with partners and avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
By exploring values, practicing responses in different situations, and thinking about their futures in this program, girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Read more »
Allies in Action
Bullying has become a pervasive problem in our society, whether it is online or at school, and this program explores the effects of and healthiest ways of dealing with this type of aggression.
Allies in Action teaches girls how to overcome girl-to-girl aggression manifested as social alienation, exclusion, and hostility, such as spreading rumors, intimidating glares, and physical violence, all of which can have devastating effects. It also helps build assertiveness through teaching conflict resolution skills, while de-escalation and mediation training helps girls identify how to navigate conflict, both as individuals and as peer leaders.
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Girls Inc. Project BOLD©
Girls have the right to confidence in themselves and to feel and be safe, but they often get mixed messages about how to respond to violence. Through this program, they learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online.
Specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence are both focuses of this curriculum, and older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls.
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Girls Inc. Sporting Chance©
When girls’ access to sports participation is limited, they miss the chance to develop skills that will help them succeed and habits that will keep them healthy their entire lives. Sporting Chance helps girls develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, and healthy habits.
Through this program, they will experience the benefits and excitement of taking positive risks that bolster their self-confidence and personal growth. They learn how to be both cooperative and competitive, and how to discipline their bodies and their minds.