The Bookworm Club
The Girls Inc. Literacy Initiative strives to improve the literacy skills of girls in first through third grade (1-3) by promoting a love of reading and providing fun and engaging programming that supports the school-based instruction that girls receive. The Literacy Initiative supports girls in building developmentally appropriate reading skills by the end of third grade so that they are equipped to succeed in school and participate more effectively in the Girls Inc. Experience. Further, girls develop enthusiasm for reading as a tool to learn about the world and become healthy, educated, and independent.
Locally, the Bookworm Club explores their world through literacy activities including reading aloud, storytelling, games, public speaking, reading, writing and the creative arts. Girls build on the fundamental building blocks of literacy, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
The Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality identity program will assist girls in understanding and embracing sexuality with a positive, empowered approach that is built on a foundation of accurate information, cultural sensitivity, and values of inclusiveness and respect. Girls will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health for girls ages 9-11 and parents/caregivers is designed to be flexible in jump-starting and deepening essential conversations about sexuality, anatomy and health between girls and their parents/caregivers. Each module addresses development of girls’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes for girls’ healthy development and supporting parent-child communication about potentially risky and difficult topics.
Informed and In Charge®
A national health initiative for teen girls, ages 12-14 learn to identify, establish, and cultivate healthy relationships through assertiveness and negotiation skills. They have several opportunities to increase their understanding of sexuality, including ways to demonstrate respect, equity, and fairness. Girls receives guidance to appreciate their own body, express sexuality in ways that align with personal values, develop certain thinking skills, and practice effective decision making. Girls receive information they need and are given opportunities to communicate about their bodies and their values around sex and decision making in order to be sexually healthy. Lastly, in the emerging reality of social media, Informed and In Charge provides support for exploring the role media and technology plays in their sexual development. Through critical analysis, discussion, and role play, girls identify and address their feelings, values, and safety concerns as they relate to media and technology.
A locally developed after school literacy program for girls in fourth and fifth grades (4-5). Club LIT is designed to keep girls engaged in reading through individual and peer group literacy activities in comprehension and fluency, strengthen their communication skills; both verbal and written and provide an environment that promotes a love for reading. This book club setting will allow girls to explore life and reading as they navigate through life experiences.
Girls In the Arts
A locally designed curriculum and After-School Math Toolkit allows middle school teens (6-8) to explore the many ways art, music and math interconnect through problem solving, communication, representation and career and role model connections. The implemented lessons, activities, field trips will stretch the minds of middle school aged teens to advocate for bigger causes, demonstrate positive self-expression of equity, inclusion and cultural links through dance, music and art mediums.
The Tech-Know Girl Club
A locally designed afterschool STEM program for fourth and fifth grades (4-5). Through the use of research, hands-on exploration, and teamwork, girls look at science, technology, engineering, and math in a way that is relevant and engaging. Tech-Know Girl empowers girls to enjoy subject matter they might not typically have time to enjoy in a traditional classroom setting and consider career paths they might not otherwise have considered.
Peer to peer education that focuses on healthy relationships and behaviors that affect teenagers (both girls and boys)
Women’s History Project
Teens learn about American women’s history starting with women’s suffrage through current events. They learn about the traits of impactful leaders including Congressmember Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, who broke through societal barriers and opened the doors for other women when she ran for president in 1970. The girls are the selection committee for the annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards and present their honorees with the awards at the event. Through this process, they develop their research, interviewing and presentation skills and many of the girls develop mentor/mentee relationships with their honorees that continue past the program.