THE GIRLS INC. EXPERIENCE:
Since 1946, Girls Inc. of Memphis has been inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, providing more than 2,500 girls annually with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance.
At Girls Inc. of Memphis, girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
ISSUES GIRLS FACE:
Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success.
- 1 IN 4 GIRLS will not finish high school.
- 78% OF GIRLS are unhappy with their bodies by age 17.
- 3 IN 10 GIRLS will become pregnant before the age of 20.
- 1 IN 5 GIRLS will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
THE GIRLS INC. EXPERIENCE HELPS GIRLS GROW UP:
Strong (Healthy): Girls gain knowledge to embrace physical activity, positive body image, and nutrition while decreasing or delaying substance use and risky sexual activity.
Smart (Educated): Girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, explore STEM and non-traditional careers, and aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.
Bold (Independent): Girls build life skills to set and achieve goals, have healthy relationships, and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives.