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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 inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and look toward a future where girls and women are empowered and part of an equitable society.

This future is still a long way off for many of the girls in our community. Our girls are growing up at a time when girls have unprecedented opportunities, but they are painfully aware that women are more likely to be viewed as sexual objects than as leaders. They learn about the accomplishments of remarkable women in school but are surrounded by media that advertise sex appeal as the key driver of success. They struggle to have people take them and their interests and aspirations seriously.

Girls Inc. of Monroe County provides vital educational programs and organized sports leagues to help girls develop the values and skills they need to become confident, productive, and responsible adults. Our programs and activities are offered in Monroe County School Corporation schools and Richland Bean Blossom schools, at our main center and gymnasium, and with other agencies throughout Monroe County.

The issues Girls Inc. of Monroe County focuses on are specific to the needs of our community, helping girls overcome the disadvantages they face in their Monroe County homes and schools. We provide programs that address healthy body image, economic independence, and building healthy relationships with others.  These 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.

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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.