Girls Inc. of the Central Coast programming is designed to empower girls at every stage of development, and provides a supportive, engaging environment for them to thrive.
We focus on the whole girl: her health and well-being, education, and development as a leader.
ECHO Leadership Program

ECHO is a leadership/ mentoring program for high school sophomore and junior girls. The program is designed to encourage these girls to pursue post-secondary education and plan for future careers. The sessions are designed to inspire them to value themselves and their dreams, to develop an action plan to achieve their goals, and to begin seeing themselves as leaders.

ECHO is a year-long program that includes:

  • Learning how to plan for the future
  • Learning about women’s health
  • Meeting women of different careers
  • Motivating them to get involved in their community/school
  • Visiting the state capitol and college campuses

What Our Graduates Have to Say:

“I learned that you have a voice in your community. Just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice.”
“I became more outgoing, driven, and confident that I’ll go to college next year, and I’m more focused on school than I used to be.”
“I like the hands on experience. Instead of reading about college, you get to go there.”

High schools sites:
Alisal High School, Salinas
Salinas High School, Salinas
North Monterey County High School, Castroville
Soledad High School, Soledad
Greenfield High School, Greenfield
King City High School, King City
Pajaro Valley High School, Watsonville
San Benito High School, Hollister
Monterey High School, Monterey

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.

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Youth Leaders Program

ECHO leadership graduates have the opportunity to continue their leadership development as youth leader interns.

About the Youth Leaders Program:

Interns are hired and trained to deliver programs to young women and girls in high school and middle school. These activities provide a very tangible way for the graduates to:

  • learn and practice program planning and facilitation
  • practice public speaking
  • develop conflict resolution skills
  • develop mentoring skills

These young women work in close partnership with the Girls Inc. staff and ECHO volunteer mentors.

If you would like more information about the youth leaders program, please contact the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast office at (831) 772-0882.