Girls Inc. Westchester is a nonprofit organization that offers girl-only programs at schools and community centers throughout Westchester to help ‘tween and teen girls navigate the real-life challenges they confront during middle and high school and lay the groundwork for healthy, independent, and fulfilling futures.

Girls Inc. Westchester has proven the impact of our programs at the national level through research. All of our programs have been developed and tested by the Girls Incorporated National Resource Center, the country’s largest and most comprehensive research center on girls.

Girls Inc. Westchester Programs are targeted toward girls ages 9 to 18 with a focus on the middle and high school years, the developmentally crucial stages when having a girls-only space to share, build confidence, and interact with positive role models can make all the difference.

Girls Inc. Westchester Teaches Media Literacy; Violence Prevention and Safety; Financial Literacy; Leadership and Community Action; Health and Sexuality; College and Career Readiness; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). By helping girls to think critically about the world, avoid at-risk circumstances, confront and overcome challenges, and envision their own potential, Girls Inc. Westchester gives our girls the promise of a brighter future.

Girls Inc. Westchester Facilitators have been extensively trained to deliver programs that are engaging, relevant and fun. In partnership with local schools and community-based organizations, we reach the girls who need us most by providing instructors who understand their needs.

Girls Inc. Westchester Program Locations are found throughout Westchester. Our in-school programming is delivered in Ossining, New Rochelle, and Yonkers. Our Leadership Councils, which are open to all Middle and High School girls, meet at our offices in White Plains. We also host special events in additional communities upon request.

Positive Outcome
96% of Girls Inc. girls feel pregnancy would interfere with their schoolwork.

Girls increase their understanding of health issues affecting them, their families, and their communities. They develop the motivation and practical skills to take charge of their health today and throughout their lives.

Through Healthy Living programming girls:

Increase their level of physical activity and view their bodies more positively.

Positive Outcome
89% of Girls inc. girls find science or math interesting.

Girls participate in program activities and experiences that expand upon and support their school-based learning and engagement, and provide the assistance and guidance that may not be present at home.

Through Academic Enrichment and Support girls:

Improve their outlook and performance in school.

Positive Outcome
92% of Girls Inc. teens say they can use what they know to solve “real-life” problems in their communities.

Girls participate in program activities and experiences that build the learning, skills, and behaviors that increase confidence and resilience, enabling them to set and achieve their goals and lead productive, independent and fulfilling lives.

With Life Skills Instruction girls:

Improve their self and emotional control.

Three elements are critical to successful outcomes:

 

PEOPLE
Trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships. Our staff take the time to engage with families, encourage girls to pursue leadership positions, and serve as role models.

 

ENVIRONMENT
Girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect.

 

RESEARCH-BASED PROGRAMMING
Research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Our trained staff develop locally-focused programs that ensure girls are exposed to new experiences.

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