To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold™
and to respect themselves and the world around them.
Empowered girls achieving success in a complex and diverse world.
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast® is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated, a national organization that has been providing programs for girls since 1864 in the United States and Canada. We deliver innovative, research-based programs designed specifically to address the strengths and needs of girls ages 8 to 18. We inspire girls to pursue post-secondary education, develop leadership and decision-making skills, serve their communities, and acquire the ability and wisdom to lead healthy lifestyles.
Founded in 1999, Girls Inc. of the Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties) currently serves over 1,700 girls a year in 41 schools sites in 10 cities. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
All programs are conducted after school at school sites. We have established productive working relationships with the schools, whose staffs assist us with recruitment and program implementation. We are currently operating in Salinas, Seaside, Marina, Castroville, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City, Hollister and Watsonville at 8 high schools, 11 middle schools, and 22 elementary schools.
Girls Inc. of the Central Coast offers programs primarily facilitated by teens, in keeping with our commitment that participating girls and young women are active partners in program design and service delivery. Teen graduates from our high school program return as paid youth leaders to facilitate programs. They are confident, strong, and passionate about working in their communities as role models for younger girls – demonstrating a model for leadership that not only provides these young women with practical skills and experience, but also allows us to reach a broad spectrum of girls. Youth Leaders experience personal life-transformations, while inspiring the girls they mentor to follow in their footsteps.