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*** Please submit custom audition. The Girls Inc. movement began in 1864 in response to the growing needs of a new working class…young women migrating from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities.
This informal association continued to grow as numerous affiliates were formed. Representatives of 19 interested organizations met in Springfield on May 18, 1945 to form Girls Clubs of America.
In 1947, a Girls Club of America affiliate, now known as Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula, was established in the Hampton.
During the early years, Girls Club provided opportunities to learn homemaking skills and socialize with other girls their own age.
As it continued through the 70’s and 80’s, programs were added to help foster a girl’s self-sufficiency.
In 1990, Girls Club of America changed its name to Girls Inc. to avoid public confusion with the newly reorganized Boys and Girls Club of America.
Unfortunately, the name change still caused some initial confusion within the community…believing Girls Club was absorbed into the Girls and Boys Club, while many others believed Girls Inc. was a newly formed organization.
As a result, Girls Inc of the Greater Peninsula worked to re-establish itself within the community by creating partnerships with local schools, universities and businesses to re-establish Girls Inc. on the peninsula.
In 2002, Girls Inc of the Greater Peninsula came under the direction of Dr. Jackie Jackson.
When Dr. Jackson started, Girls Inc. had just nine children in the program. But Dr. Jackson saw the vision of Girls Inc and was determined to provide the opportunities to aspire young girls to be strong, smart and bold.
Today, Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula has grown from just one site to two locations in Hampton, three locations in Newport News and one location in Richmond, VA. They went from serving nine girls to approximately 300 girls every day in before-and-after school programs and a specialized evening program for teenage girls. The annual budget grew from $75,000 to 1.2 million.
Girl’s Inc.’s transportation program ensures children are transported to and from Hampton and Newport News schools.
They also provide a USDA-approved meal for the children every day, and they partner with the Boys Alliance to fulfill a parental need for after-school care at the same location.
This is all done for just $25.00 a week per child.
Throughout it all, Girls Inc has maintained structured researched based programs in subjects such as
• Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy
• Media Literacy
• Friendly PEERsuasion and more.
Girls Inc of the Greater Peninsula is building a STEM campus to expose girls to science, technology, engineering, and math programming throughout the week during after-school hours.
The program is endorsed by the National Society of Black Physicists and funded by grants from Alcoa and Best Buy.
During the first Girls Inc. Science Fair, girls, as young as 5, answered questions about their science projects and had a lot fun during the activities
Girls Incorporated of the Greater Peninsula has accomplished a great deal over the past 65 years and their future for the next 65 is bright. However, the need for reach out to more girls is great.
There are plans to expand into Oyster Point area of Newport News, in addition to unserviced areas in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Girls Inc of the Greater Peninsula continues to look for new partnerships with businesses, organizations, and individuals who care about the future of Girls.
Girl's Inc...We're Strong, We're Smart and We're Bold
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