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About

Who We Are

We inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc. of Monroe County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has served the Monroe County community since 1975. We are an affiliate of the national youth organization Girls Inc., a research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. of Monroe County provides vital after-school and summer enrichment, educational programs, and organized sports leagues to girls to help them develop the values and skills they need to become confident, productive and responsible adults. Our programs and activities are offered at our main center and gymnasium in Bloomington, Indiana.

Unlike other youth organizations, Girls Inc. has a dual focus. We work to help girls become strong, smart, and bold so that they can tackle the challenges they face. At the same time, we work to change the world to make it a more equitable place for girls. We prepare girls to be the leaders of the twenty-first century, and we’re determined to make the twenty-first century a time when girls can lead.

Girls Inc. of Monroe County takes a holistic approach to a girl’s life. Our programs focus on educational enrichment. Members benefit from one-on-one tutoring and homework assistance. Girls also participate in health and fitness classes and work to develop a healthy body image. Programs are designed to empower girls to set and achieve goals and make plans for their futures that will enable them to become responsible, self-sufficient women.

Our History

Serving girls in Monroe County for more than 40 years

  • Where It All Began

    The organization became a member of Girls Clubs of America late in 1975 and a member of United Way in early 1976. The Girls Club Women’s Auxiliary, a fundraising and volunteer group, was formed in the spring of 1976.

  • Moving on up

    Property at the corner of Eighth and Elm Streets was purchased. Construction began in October 1981 and was completed in February 1982. Mr. Norman Deckard volunteered his time during the project to oversee the construction of the building. The doors were opened on March 1, 1982.

  • So Much More to Achieve

    A $150,000 capital fund drive was launched in 1990 to build an additional 70’ x 110’ facility. Ground was broken in August 1992 and final touches for the occupancy permit completed on June 17, 1996.

  • Joining a network of advocates

    The organization became a member of Girls Clubs of America late in 1975 and a member of United Way in early 1976. The Girls Club Women’s Auxiliary, a fundraising and volunteer group, was formed in the spring of 1976.

  • Diamond in Monroe County

    Girls Incorporated is a member of Girls Incorporated of America, a national organization made up of over 95 affiliates in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and in Canada. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 150,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities.

  • International connections

    Girls Incorporated is a member of Girls Incorporated of America, a national organization made up of over 95 affiliates in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and in Canada. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 150,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually at over 1,400 sites in 350 cities.