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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM

Although we have changed our name to be more inclusive of our varied programs, we remain committed to meeting the special needs of girls. Accordingly, we are still an affiliate of National Girls Incorporated, 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, teen pregnancy prevention, 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.

PROGRAMS:

Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy®

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 SM; Will Power/Won’t PowerSM;and Taking Care of BusinessSM.  Growing TogetherSM and Will Power/Won’t PowerSM are available in Spanish as Crecer juntas and Querer/Poder decir “no.”

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!SM; 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!SM; Dollars, Sense, and MeSM; Equal Earners, Savvy SpendersSM, and Futures and OptionsSM.

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—SteppingstonesSM, BridgesSM, and Girls enCourageSM —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 MeSM, Media Smarts SM, Girls Take Another LookSM, Girls Get the MessageSM, and Girls Make the MessageSM.

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 SafetySM and Living Safe and StrongSM.

Girls Inc. Leadership and Community ActionSM

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 SM, 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.


Events

Celebration Evening Fundraiser
She Knows Where She's Going Award and Scholarship Ceremony sponsored by Girls Inc. of the Berkshires
See details

Educational opportunity has always been an important part of the Girls Inc. mission. In 1990, the First annual Celebration Luncheon was held to honor area women and award college scholarships to county high school seniors. Nominate a woman you know who Knows Where She’s Going! Contact the Brigham Center for more information.

Expanding Your Horizons
Hands-on Science and Math
for Girls in Grades 7 and 8

TBD June 2012
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
8:30am -1:30pm


The Expanding Your Horizons Conference held at Berkshire Community College provides hands-on workshops in math and science and non-traditional careers for over 200 girls each year. We are always looking for professional woman in interesting career fields to present workshops. Please contact Christa Collier at 442-5174 if you are interested.

For more info, contact Sarah Gillooly
413-442-5174, ext. 17 or by email.
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Girls Inc. Online
extends Girls Inc. research-based programming to girls everywhere in a safe, membership-based web community where members share and connect on message boards, meet inspiring women, and participate in fun activities.

Click here for details.




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Girls Bill of Rights

Girls have a right to be themselves - people first and females second - and to resist pressure to behave in sex-stereotyped ways.

Girls have a right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

Girls have a right to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.

Girls have a right to accept and enjoy the bodies they were born with and not to feel pressured to compromise their health in order to satisfy the dictates of an "ideal" physical image.

Girls have a right to be free of vulnerability and self-doubt and to develop as mentally and emotionally sound individuals.

Girls have a right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.



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