Girls Inc Everyday Programing
Girls Inc. is a safe haven for girls, a home away from home
Through everyday programs, girls learn about themselves, build on their strengths, develop supportive connections and have fun! Our campuses provide a place where girls express their “whole self” through talking, doing, creating and connecting with other girls. Everyday programs are age-appropriate and encourage girls, ages six to 18, to take risks and master physical, mental and emotional challenges. Girls learn about economic literacy, math, science, technology, health, fitness, sexuality, self-esteem and safety.
No matter what age, girls learn the value and the fun of sharing experiences in an all-girl environment, with caring, trained adults to serve as mentors and models. All activities are designed with girls in mind to spark their interests, address their concerns, build their skills and explore the world around them.
After School Programs
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas provides safe, supportive and affordable programs. Everyday programs provide excellent support for families during after-school hours and school vacation breaks. Activities include:
- Homework assistance
- Computer time
- Creative activities
- Sports and recreation
- Art and cultural appreciation
- Career exploration
- Community-awareness activities
- Nationally acclaimed programs targeting the well-being of girls
- Programs for parents encouraging involvement in girls’ lives
- Educational Enrichment
- Self Reliance & Life Skills
- Leadership & Community Action
- Health & Sexuality
- Career & Life Planning
- Sports & Adventure
- Arts, Culture, Heritage
Educational Enrichment Programs
Upon arrival at their campus, girls are provided with a snack and dinner. Volunteers and staff provide homework assistance and tutoring each day after school.
Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, and solve problems. They also consider careers in these fields by interacting with women and men pursuing such careers.
Self Reliance & Life Skills
Through innovative programs in a non-threatening and supportive environment, girls learn to lead safer lives by developing skills and strategies for self-defense, including physical techniques and verbal assertiveness training. Girls also learn how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence and to advocate against gender-specific violence issues. Components of the program include: Kid-Ability! (Kid Jr.), Action for Safety and Living Safe and Strong.
Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women. They learn to analyze critically what they see and hear in the media, advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising media, and create images that are more realistic and reflective of their lives. Components of the program include: Media and Me, Media Smarts, Girls Take Another Look, Girls Get the Message, and Girls Make the Message.
Leadership &/ Community Action
Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. In Discovery, girls ages 9 to 11, celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and develop awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good. In Our Own Hands, girl ages 12 to 14, deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one’s community.
Conflict Resolution & Peer Mediation
Girls learn how to resolve a situation in a non-violent manner before it becomes an angry or violent confrontation. Skills taught include the ability to compromise, listen attentively, and be assertive.
Health & Sexuality
Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy
Girls acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health. They learn to identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The program comprises three age-appropriate components, which are also available in Spanish.
Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals, and other drugs. In this peer-education program, girls ages 11 to 14, learn healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media, and other pressures and then assume the roles of PEERsuaders for younger girls. The program is also available in Spanish.
Project STRONG (Strategy To Reduce Obesity Nationally in Girls)
Girls participate in educational and physical activities in the areas of health, nutrition, obesity and fitness. The curriculum is unique in that it combines nutritional education and exercise in each session.
Career & Life Planning
Girls learn to manage money, invest, and begin to develop an appreciation for global economics. Girls as young as six explore how the economy affects us locally and globally and develop skills needed to be economically independent. Girls learn these skills through four age-appropriate components: She’s on the Money!; Dollars, Sense, and Me; Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders; and Futures and Options.
College Career Readiness
Girls, ages 6 to 18, are involved in preparing for their future through a structured process and age-appropriate activities that will assist girls in pursuing their college and career goals after high school. From teens keeping a Daily Dozen Portfolio file to all ages planning and participating in a college fair, girls receive expanded information regarding scholarship opportunities and required preparation, monthly workshop/seminars on financial aid interviewing techniques, choosing the right career, and more.
YWCo (Young Women’s Company)
Allows girls to operate businesses of their choosing, elect officers, make purchases, keep financial records and handle all sales. Girls develop entrepreneurial skills through the development of business plans, break-even analysis, market segmentation and product manufacturing. Earned income is used to support their week-long summer college-bound trip.
Sports & Adventure
Girls learn to appreciate an active lifestyle as they develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in sports and adventure. Girls also explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits and excitement of taking healthy risks. Through three age-appropriate components Steppingstones, Bridges, and Girls enCourage; all ages build a foundation for a lifetime of enjoying physical activity and participation in sports and adventure.
Mind + Body
Girls learn about:
- regular physical activity
- nutrition and healthy eating
- healthy stress management
- positive body image
Programming engages parents through focus groups, stand alone activities and events, by sending educational health-related information home with thier daughters.
Arts, Culture, Heritage
Through the art program, girls broaden their experiences in the arts through:
As both observers and performers.
Culture & Heritage
Girls develop an appreciation for their heritage and the diversity of cultures around them. Programs provide opportunities for girls to participate in cultural activities and attend civic and arts events. Recognizing diverse forms of creative expression, girls further recognize the contributions of women to history and culture. Through field trips to museums, art galleries, nature centers and civic and art events, girls are exposed to a wide range of culture and the arts.