Girls Incorporated® of Sioux City

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Girls Inc. Experience

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.®

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The Girls Inc Experience

The Girls Inc. mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.

The Essential Elements

The essential elements provide a holistic approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities. A belief in girls’ rights and abilities is the foundation for all of the essential elements. At different ages, developmental stages, or happenings in life, one essential element may be more dominant or present for that moment or period of time.

However, that element is always supported and enhanced by the other elements.

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Environment

1. A pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously for the persons they are now and the women they will become;

People

2. Trusting, mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities;

Programming

3. Holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focused on girls’ needs and that provides exposure to a wide variety of experiences and options that girls might not have experienced otherwise;

4. Relevant, field-tested, and research-based curricula that confront the serious needs of girls while building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals and adult women;

5. Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls’ strengths.

6. Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

The Girls Inc. experience is designed to lead to these long term outcomes:

Strong/Healthy:

  • Makes healthy choices
  • Manages reproductive health

Smart/Educated:

  • Motivated to achieve
  • Graduates from high school and has post-secondary education
  • Sets & achieves personal, educational, and career goals

Bold/Independent:

  • Has healthy relationships
  • Has sound body image (which is related to self-confidence)
  • Uses own voice & advocates for others
  • Is resilient

These essential elements provide a holistic approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities. A belief in girls’ rights and abilities is the foundation for all of the essential elements. At different ages, developmental stages, or happenings in life, one essential element may be more dominant or present for that moment or period of time. However, that element is always supported and enhanced by the other elements.

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE THEMSELVES AND TO RESIST GENDER STEREOTYPES

Stereotypes:
Girls are not supposed to be strong and tough
Girls want to play with dolls, not trucks
Girls are supposed to change to please everyone

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES WITH ORIGINALITY AND ENTHUSIASM

Stereotypes:
Girls should keep their opinions to themselves
Girls are only interested in boys, shopping, love and romance
Girls are not good leaders

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE RISKS, TO STRIVE FREELY AND TO TAKE PRIDE IN SUCCESS

Stereotypes:
Smart girls are not popular
Girls shouldn’t talk about things they do well
Girls are weird if they plan to be firefighters or police officers

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT AND APPRECIATE THEIR BODIES

Stereotypes:
Boys can discuss girl’s bodies in public
Girls should dress the right way
Popular/beautiful girls are thin

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES AND TO BE SAFE IN THE WORLD

Stereotypes:
Girls need to work to please everyone
Girls must take care of younger brothers and sisters and clean house
Girls should depend on others to protect them

GIRLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PREPARE FOR INTERESTING WORK AND ECONOMIC INDEPENCENCE

Stereotypes:
Girls do not need to know how to handle money
The most important thing for girls is to get married and have children
It is not important for girls to be good at math

Girls Inc. empowers girls to succeed
and overcome challenges.

The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed.

  • The people are trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships, and peers who share their drive and aspirations.

  • The environment is girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and respect.

  • The research-based programming is hands-on, minds-on, and meets the needs of today’s girls to provide the age-appropriate information and knowledge so girls make decisions leading to healthy lives; succeed academically; and develop life skills to prepare for adulthood.