The Girls Inc. Experience
The Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and to grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.
Girls Inc. of Monroe County is different from other youth-serving organizations. Our six- to nine-week programs are offered in a pro-girl, girls-only environment, with adults who are dedicated to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Girls Inc. Center
Many programs take place at the Girls Inc. center including after-school, school breaks, sports, and special events.
After School programs take place after school every day during the school year. Students can board the Girls Inc. bus directly to the site at specific schools and take part in the structured programs until 5:30.
Girls Inc. provides transportation to girls attending
- Fairview Elementary School
- Templeton Elementary School
- Arlington Heights Elementary School
- Grandview Elementary School
- Highland Park Elementary School
- Summit Elementary School
- The Project School
- Harmony School
In the Schools
At schools in Bloomington, Ellettsville, and Stinesville, Girls Inc. staff and volunteers provide programming focused on issues that all girls face: conflict management, academic success, and a healthy body image.
School day programming is held in elementary schools and middle schools, for kindergarten through 8th grade. The two most common programs offered at schools are “Work It Out”, which empowers girls to navigate the conflict in their lives by developing empathy for others and understanding consequences of hurtful behavior, and “Redefining Beauty”, which builds self-esteem and self-confidence in girls by confronting body image stereotypes and identifying healthy lifestyle habits.
Schools with Girls Inc. Programs:
- Banneker Community Center
- Templeton Elementary
- Fairview Elementary
Sports Purpose and Philosophy– The purpose of the Girls Incorporated sports program is to give girls in Monroe County between the ages of 6 and 18 the opportunity to play in organized sports leagues, clinics, and workshops. We help girls develop basic fundamentals, good sportsmanship, individual worth, and experience team cooperation. Competent adult leaders guide the girls toward the achievement of these goals in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. Girls Incorporated believes in giving all girls equal playing time while focusing on skill development and individual improvement.
Studies of student athletes during and after high school have shown that participation in sports increases the likelihood of high school graduation and improves the so-called “soft skills” like communication, decisive action, teamwork, time management, self esteem, and a sense of community.