For over a century, the Brigham Center has been committed to meeting the special needs of girls. We are an affiliate of National Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our program shares this mission and we offer innovative programs that help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
Specific national programs address resisting harmful substances, community action, healthy sexuality, science, math & technology, sports and fitness, media messages, self-defense and violence prevention, lifeskills, economic literacy and financial concepts. This program serves girls ages 5-18 with a specific emphasis on teens.
Girls Inc. Programs Include:
Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality®
Girls acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health. Girls 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: Growing Together; Informed and In Charge; and Taking Care of Business. Growing Together is available in Spanish as Crecer juntas.
Girls Inc. OperationSMART®
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. Components of the program include: Eureka!; Girls Dig It; Career Action, and Thinking SMART.
Girls Inc. Economic Literacy®
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.
Girls Inc. Sporting Chance®
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 —girls build a foundation for a lifetime of enjoying physical activity and participation in sports and adventure.
Girls Inc. Media Literacy®
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.
Girls Inc. Project BOLD®
Girls learn to lead safer lives by developing skills and strategies for self-defense, including physical techniques. 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: Action for Safety and Living Safe and Strong.
Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. In Discoverysm, 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 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. Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion®
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 young girls. The program is available in Spanish as Persuasión positiva.