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.

Programs are offered at our center on West 8th Street in Bloomington, during the school day in MCCSC and Richland-Bean Blossom schools, and through sports activities and leagues. No matter the location, our programs our research-based, hands-on, and interactive.

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.

School Break Camps take place when local schools are not in session, including Spring Break, Fall Break, and Summer Break. These camps take place all day until 5:30 and include many special programs as well as field trips.

Programs include:

Through a partnership with the IU Stem Outreach group, girls will develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, and solve problems. They also consider careers in these fields by interacting with women and men pursuing such careers.

Teach IT is a service learning group from the Indiana University School of Informatics. Girls have the opportunity to learn about coding, technology, web safety and design and all things informatics.

This communication training teaches participants to transform disempowering communications and behaviors into empowering communications and behaviors. Participants learn through guided imagery sessions, role plays, and journaling.

Girls learn to manage money, invest, and begin to develop an appreciation for global economics. Girls as young as six explore how the economy affects us locally and globally and develop skills needed to be economically independent.

She’s on the Money, ages 6 to 8
This component uses games, role plays, art projects, and field trips to build girls’ skills for identifying and counting money and to increase their understanding of basic concepts. Topics include using banks, saving for the future, planning for a career, differentiating between wants and needs, donating and volunteering, comparison shopping, taxes and government services, and global economics.

Dollars, Sense, and Me, ages 9 to 11
This component comprises activities around economic and financial concepts such as recognizing and counting money, exchanging goods and services, investing in the stock market, and volunteering and donating. The curriculum also covers entrepreneurship, career planning, budgeting, writing checks, taxes and government services, and labor and management.

Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders, ages 12 to 14 This component covers economic and financial topics such as wants and needs, career development, banking skills, loan options, credit cards, investment risk vs. return, consumer tips, media literacy, labor laws, taxes and government services, philanthropy, global economics, and fitting a career into a full, well-rounded life.

Futures and Options, ages 15 to 18
This component covers economic and financial topics such as attitudes and values about money, career strategies, worker rights, taxes and other paycheck deductions, planning and budgeting, banking, using credit, shopping tips, renting vs. buying, avoiding predatory lenders and other financial traps, and investment options.

Girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence. Older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls.

Be BOLD, ages 6 to 8
This component builds girls’ skills and personal power for avoiding or dealing with hurtful or dangerous situations and assists them in identifying resources that contribute to their safety. Parents have a key role in supporting girls throughout the program.

Action for Safety, ages 9 to 11 This component builds negotiation, assertiveness, and self-defense skills as well as facilitating open and honest discussions about violence—including teasing and bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, and physical and sexual abuse—to encourage and support girls who are being hurt and to lessen their fear and sense of isolation.

Living Safe and Strong, ages 12 to 14
This component continues discussion of gender violence issues, reinforces and provides additional safety strategies and self-defense skills for teen girls, and introduces them to community experts and resources. Girls also develop and conduct community action projects addressing violence issues important to them.

Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women. They learn to analyze critically what they see and hear in the media, advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising media, and create images that are more realistic and reflective of their lives.

Media and Me, ages 6 to 8
Girls celebrate positive roles for girls and women in media, investigate different types of media, consider fiction versus nonfiction media content, practice creating their own messages, and tackle issues of concern such as violence and stereotypes in media.

Media Smarts, ages 9 to 11
Girls investigate the use of slogans, logos, merchandising, and target marketing in media; consider the realness of reality TV; find ways to overcome bias in the news; practice creating strong, smart and bold characters, TV show treatments and media campaigns; and tackle issues of concern such as beauty, diversity, and stereotypes in media.

Girls Take Another Look, ages 12 to 14
Girls explore the variety of media available to them; practice deconstructing obvious and hidden media messages; question the media’s focus on appearance and narrow definition of beauty; experiment with character development and storyboarding; consider the relevance of news media; investigate the use of brand names, logos, and other marketing tools; learn how to influence the media by communicating their opinions to those in power; and explore careers in a variety of media fields.

Girls Get the Message, ages 15 to 18
Girls and young women analyze messages and create and edit storyboards to change the messages in music videos and reality TV programs, conduct audits of magazines for advertising content and of newspapers for equity in gender coverage, consider the biases in various news sources, develop political campaign slogans and materials, screen films made by and about women, develop character sketches for TV shows and treatments for documentaries, and plan and conduct field trips to explore media businesses.

ages 11 to 14.

This program approaches drug abuse prevention as a peer issue, using the positive influence of young people modeling healthy behavior. The program begins by helping girls deal with the influences of peers. Participants build communication skills, recognize stress, and respond to stress in healthy ways: three abilities that form the basis upon which decision making and resistance skills are built. Girls learn about tobacco, alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements including “natural treatments,” and illicit drugs. They analyze media messages, including advertising, that glamorize substance use. During the second phase of the program, participants plan and implement substance use prevention activities for groups of younger children, ages 6 through 10. This opportunity to serve as leaders and mentors reinforces the older girls’ commitment to avoiding substance use.

Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. In Discovery®, girls ages 9 to 11 celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and develop awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good. In In Our Own Hands®, girls ages 12 to 14 deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one’s community.

Discovery: A Leadership Program, ages 9 to 11
This component engages girls in partnership with both formal and informal women leaders in their community to celebrate their heritage as leaders, develop and practice leadership and advocacy skills, and construct community action projects. Girls get to make decisions and take responsibility for and initiate projects in collaboration with experienced women. Together, the girls and women discover their own leadership skills through hands-on activities, role plays, community exploration, and a weekend retreat, culminating in the identification of issues of ongoing concern to the community and formulation of responses that entail persuasive communication and organizing for action.

In Our Own Hands, ages 12-14
Through this component, girls celebrate their heritage, investigate rights and responsibilities, practice leadership skills, and tackle issues of concern. Girls deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one’s community. The first phase of the program focuses on strengthening girls’ skills and their knowledge of and appreciation for female leadership in the context of community. In the second phase, facilitators draw on several activity toolboxes and women from the community as resources to continue building girls’ leadership skills. Girls go through a problem assessment process that helps them learn about a community issue, and then develop and conduct a community action project with the support of women partners.

Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality assists girls in understanding and embracing sexuality with a positive, empowered approach that is built on a foundation of accurate information, cultural sensitivity, and values of inclusiveness and respect. Girls will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health.Girls learn these skills through three age-appropriate components:

Growing Together, ages 9 to 11 with parent/adult
This component includes five interactive sessions designed to jump-start essential conversations between girls and their parents or guardians about sexuality issues. Girls participate alongside their adult counterpart throughout this program. Growing Together helps develop two-way communication skills to give girls an ally for future questions and dilemmas. Key topics include changes during puberty; anatomy, physiology, and hygiene; adolescent sexual development and feelings; and values and expectations for sexual behavior.

Informed and In Charge, ages 12 to 14
This multi-session toolkit contains four distinct modules, each addressing a theme related to healthy sexuality: Healthy Relationships; Sexuality Thumbprint; Sexual Health and Reproduction; and Sex, Media and Technology. Each module contains multiple session plans to address the variance in young people’s experiences. Girls learn to identify, establish, and cultivate healthy relationships through assertiveness and negotiation skills. They have several opportunities to increase their understanding of sexuality, including ways to demonstrate respect, equity, and fairness. Following our Girls’ Bill of Rights, girls receive guidance to appreciate their own body, express sexuality in ways that align with personal values, develop critical thinking skills, and practice effective decision making. Girls receive information they need and are given opportunities to communicate about their bodies and their values around sex and decision making in order to be sexually healthy. Lastly, in the emerging reality of social media, Informed and In Charge provides support for exploring the role media and technology plays in girls’ sexual development. Through critical analysis, discussion, and role play, girls identify and address their feelings, values, and safety concerns as they relate to media and technology.

Taking Care of Business, ages 15 to 18
This component includes a series of 10 interactive, skill-building sessions that focus on the motivation and skills needed to avoid early pregnancy. The sessions center on: recognizing and moving beyond limiting stereotypes that are limiting for women; using values as a basis for positive decision making; acting assertively; developing relationship skills; avoiding pregnancy and STDs, including HIV, through abstinence and other smart choices; understanding the facts on contraception and protection; and career readiness.


This program encourages girls to confront body image stereotypes while identifying healthy lifestyle habits.Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls and young women today face increasingly stringent societal pressure to achieve the “ideal” body type. Often they internalize these expectations and body image begins to replace their overall self-perception.

Our society often normalizes the issue of girl-to-girl aggression. A closer look at the relationships among girls shows that the hurt caused by bullying, cliques, and teasing is real. Conflict is a serious barrier to girls’ participation in constructive activities. Based on the Friendship curriculum developed by Girls Circle Association, Work It Out empowers girls to negotiate the conflict in their lives. Activities help girls build empathy towards others while challenging them to understand the consequences of hurtful behavior.

Schools with Girls Inc. Transportation:

-Fairview Elementary School

-Templeton Elementary School

-Arlington Elementary School

-Marlin Elementary School

-Grandview  Elementary School

-Highland Park  Elementary School

-Summit  Elementary School

-The Project School

-Harmony School

In School

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.

Our society often normalizes the issue of girl-to-girl aggression. A closer look at the relationships among girls shows that the hurt caused by bullying, cliques, and teasing is real. Conflict is a serious barrier to girls’ participation in constructive activities. Based on the Friendship curriculum developed by Girls Circle Association, Work It Out empowers girls to negotiate the conflict in their lives. Activities help girls build empathy towards others while challenging them to understand the consequences of hurtful behavior.

This program encourages girls to confront body image stereotypes while identifying healthy lifestyle habits.Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls and young women today face increasingly stringent societal pressure to achieve the “ideal” body type. Often they internalize these expectations and body image begins to replace their overall self-perception.

Schools with Girls Inc. Programs: 

-Edgewood Junior High School

-Banneker Community Center

-Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville

-Edgewood Intermediate School

-Stinesville Elementary

-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.

Girls learn to appreciate an active lifestyle as they develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in sports and adventure. Girls also explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits and excitement of taking healthy risks. Through three age-appropriate components—Steppingstones, Bridges, and Girls EnCourage—girls build a foundation for a lifetime of enjoying physical activity and participation in sports and adventure.

Steppingstones: A Motor Skills Development Program, ages 6 to 8

This component gets girls running, jumping, leaping, twisting, bending, and balancing as they utilize a variety of sports and movement related equipment, including jump ropes, balls, scooters, bats, bowling pins, nets, hoops, and scoops. They begin to move more confidently and skillfully, get used to structured physical activity, learn about the positive connection between physical activity and health related fitness, and accept sport as legitimate activity for girls and women. The movement skills girls develop in Steppingstones may later apply to the formal movement in a variety of games, sports, dance, and fitness activities.

Bridges: A Sports & Motor Skill Development Program, ages 9 to 11

This component picks up where Steppingstones leaves off, enhancing girls’ motor skills while introducing girls to the world of organized sports. Participants focus on the skills and strategies of four sports: softball (throwing, catching, and striking); soccer (kicking and agility); basketball (shooting and teamwork); and tennis (striking and individual competence). Girls learn the concepts of offense, defense, and teamwork, and develop skills in a progression that leads to game readiness. The four sport-specific skill sets can be applied to many other activities and provide a foundation for lifelong participation in sports.

Girls EnCourage, ages 12 to 14

This component is designed to sustain girls’ interest in sports through adolescence by introducing girls to nontraditional activities and adventures that go beyond stereotypes and challenge them to set their own personal goals and create their own definitions of success. Program activities promote fitness training, team building, and athletic participation to develop girls’ sense of personal power and worth. As they master new physical techniques and learn to take calculated risks, girls build not only physical strength, but also courage, confidence, self-reliance, and other critical life skills.

Offered in the Winter/Spring and summer the recreational league focused on helping girls improve their skills while having fun and becoming strong, smart and bold through participation in sports.

Offered only in the fall the competitive league focus on pushing girls to use skills that will help them in their travel/school leagues. Following the IHSSA guidelines, the league focuses on the most comprehensive, innovative and ultimately the most effective methods when it comes to training and competing at the highest levels.

Offered in November

  • Volleyball 101: Come for a fun and instruction filled introduction to playing volleyball! Girls will learn and improve their understanding of the game.  From warming up, to a rotation, to passing, we will cover all the necessary basics of playing the game.
  • Serving Clinic: If you want to learn the vital points of serving…this is a must session!! Serving as the one individual skill that can impact the game more than any other skill. Girls will focus on the proper technique of jump serves, topspin serves and floater serves.
  • Hitting /Setting Clinic: Learn to handle the ball with soft hands and an arm swing so that every hit is a kill shot. Girls will focus specifically on improving hitting and setting techniques for improved execution during game situations.


Introduce girls to the sport of tennis while teaching the basic skills: serving, volley, and backhand.

Teaching the basic skills: catching, throwing, cradling, and ground balls.  We’ll have some initial instruction, drills, and then fun lacrosse games!

Register now to get involved with the Lacrosse Clinic!    Ages 12+

Fill out the form below and submit to smoss@monroe.girls-inc.org


This class will introduce saber fencing! We will cover the core skills, the rules of the game, and basic strategy. The class will end with a chance to practice with the electronic scoring system and a fencing demonstration for friends and family.

Building the basic ball skills: Foundation, Semi-circle, Squeeze, Roll-over, Fake-pass, Stop-turn, and more! There will be time during every session devoted to improving ball skills and improving execution of each of these individual moves.

  • Soccer Team/Partnership – Periodically Cutters soccer will offer an all-girls Girls Inc. team. Parents will receive a discount and be placed on this team.

Learn about hip hop’s evolution through its eras with HIP HOP and STEP choreography. Get your chance to RAP or BEATBOX! Show off your skills at our end-of-camp recital.

Oh, and rep a fly new tee.


Girls will learn about the sport, see the sport in action, meet Strong, Smart, and Bold women/girls who are active in the sport, and try it out themselves!