Girls Inc. of Monroe County Expands Programs to Include More Monroe County Girls

Girls Inc. of Monroe County will expand the reach of its all-girl programs during the 2017-2018 school year. Through a partnership with Edgewood schools, Templeton Elementary and Fairview Elementary, Girls Inc. will offer programs during the school day for girls in grades three through eight. The programs are titled “Work it Out,” which empowers girls to negotiate conflict in their lives, combat bullying, and build empathy toward others, and “Redefining Beauty,” which encourages girls to confront body image stereotypes while identifying healthy lifestyle habits. These programs address issues girls face every day and are led by volunteers who build strong mentoring relationships with the girls during the nine-week sessions.

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“We are thrilled to have Girls Inc. providing some social/emotional programming here at EJHS,” says Amy Phillips, guidance counselor at Edgewood Junior High School. “Our girls will greatly benefit from the skills they will gain. Even more importantly, our school culture and climate will be positively affected as well.”

In addition to the programs during the school day, Girls Inc. will continue to provide transportation from a select set of schools in the Monroe County Community School Corporation directly to the Girls Inc. activity center during the school year. The programs taking place at the center will include “Work it Out,” and “Redefining Beauty,” as well as additional programs created to fit the specific interests of the girls. All programs offered through Girls Inc. of Monroe County provide academic enrichment and build the skills necessary for girls to combat gender stereotypes and biases.

“We are excited about the opportunity this new program focus will bring to Girls Inc.,” says Girls Inc. executive director Amy Stark. “We now have the capacity to reach nearly four hundred more girls than we have in the past year, and to inspire all of them to be strong, smart, and bold.”

Girls Inc. of Monroe County has served girls in Monroe County since 1975. More than 500 girls from age five to eighteen participate in activities and sports at its West 8th Street center and in schools and agencies throughout Monroe County. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers through interactive, research-based activities that provide academic enrichment and instruction in healthy living and life skills. For more information about Girls Inc. of Monroe County, visit the website at  http://girlsinc-monroe.org.