Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Announces New Board Chair

Jacksonville, Fla. April 10  – Girls Inc. of Jacksonville (GIJ) is excited to announce the appointment of Jaqueline Underwood as the new Board Chair for the Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Board of Directors.  Jaqueline Underwood, who goes by Jackie, is the...

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Honoring Community Leaders Making an Impact

Be a part of a celebration highlighting community leaders making an impact to uplift women and girls in the Jacksonville community and recognizing the success Girls Inc. of Jacksonville (GIJ) has achieved throughout the year. GIJ will host the 7th annual Women of...

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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.