Girls Incorporated Programs
As the local affiliate of our national organization, we have access to Girls Inc. Programs and initiatives that are researched, developed and/or tested by Girls Inc. National.
We have prioritized the programming that will be our focus for the next three years based on the unique needs and interests of our community. We have determined that we will have three different lines of essential services that will be our focus for expansion – after school, summer camp and Girls Inc. identity programming.
After School Literacy
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, we are implementing GirlSMART literacy program exclusively as our after school focus. GirlSMART is literacy education for girls in Kindergarten thru third grade. We know that it is critical for girls to learn to read by third grade so they can read to learn for the rest of their lives.
GirlSMART is a Girls Inc. sanctioned program that was developed and is monitored by the National Literacy Project.
We have restructured our summer camp program to focus on preventing Summer Learning Loss – a huge issue for low-income children. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.
Girls Inc Identity Programs
For many years, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville has had an “outreach” component that delivered health and well-being programming to girls through a myriad of venues. Going forward, we will focus on delivering Girls Inc. Identity programs girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades through partnering with Duval county public schools. We know that these are very volatile developmental years for girls.
Thank you to the wonderful Partners that help fund our programs