Every day, Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta puts our mission into practice through the “Girls Inc. Experience,” which equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent adults.
There are six essential elements to the Girls Inc. Experience. Together they provide a holistic approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities. 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.
The essential elements of the Girls Inc. Experience are:
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.
Trusting, mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls’ rights and abilities.
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.
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.
Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls’ strengths.
Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.
Our Theory of Change is that the Girls Inc. Experience leads to these long term outcomes:
- Makes healthy choices
- Manages reproductive health
- Motivated to achieve
- Graduates from high school and has post-secondary education
- Sets & achieves personal, educational and career goals
- Has healthy relationships
- Has sound body image (which is related to self-confidence)
- Uses own voice & advocates for others
- Is resilient