Executive Change at Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

Dear Friends and Partners of Girls Inc. of Jacksonville: It is with sadness and gratitude that we must announce Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darlene Vaughn M.ED., MPA has tendered her resignation with Girls Inc. of Jacksonville. Darlene joined Girls Inc. of...

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Welcoming Our New CEO!

We are delighted to announce and welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Darlene Vaughn, to the Girls Inc. of Jacksonville family! Darlene joins us here at Girls Inc. Jax from Indianapolis where she held the Executive Director position at Communities In Schools of...

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COVID-19 Parent & Student Resources

At Girls Inc. of Jacksonville the health and safety of our girls, our staff and our community is our top priority. With the current public health crisis taking place in the US, it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to uplift and help each other. For that reason, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville will continue offering our programming virtually. Please contact Program Director, Alexis Howard, at with any questions.

The Girls Inc. Experience

At Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, we believe that girls are innately powerful. Unfortunately, there are still many barriers to success that young women and girls, especially girls of color, face. From physical and social emotional obstacles, to inequities in educational opportunities and more, it is imperative that girls get access to the tools, and develop the persistence needed, to overcome these obstacles. This imperative is at the heart of Girls Inc. of Jacksonville’s mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted a two year, quasi-experimental research study with four Girls Inc. affiliates and their school districts. The goal was to examine the impact of the Girls Inc. Experience on participants’ academic and behavioral outcomes, compared to similar non-participating girls. The study found, on 24 dimensions, that Girls Inc. girls did significantly better than girls who had not had the Girls Inc. experience.

Among the complete findings, the AIR study reported:

  • Girls Inc. girls are more likely than other girls to see themselves as leaders, with the skills and capabilities of influencing and improving their communities.
  • Girls Inc. girls are more engaged in school, with better attendance rates and higher standardized math scores than their peers.
  • Girls Inc. girls are better prepared for life after high school than their peers, particularly when exposed to college readiness programming.
  • Girls Inc. girls were more likely to believe they could handle harder math or science content, and more likely to want a computer or science career.
  • Girls Inc. girls were more likely to abstain from substance use compared to high school girls nationwide.
  • Girls Inc. girls were 79% less likely to be involved with the juvenile justice system.

You can read the entire AIR Report here.