Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, the organization adapted to meet the specific challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self-confidence, and grow up healthy, educated and independent.


Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville is an affiliate of a national organization that was founded in 1864 to provide life-changing tools, resources, and support to at-risk girls from low income families.  Nationally recognized since 1945, Girls Inc. has focused its efforts on responding to the changing needs of girls and helping break female generational cycles of poverty.  We opened our doors in Jacksonville on May 25, 1970 as the Girls Club, which was a pilot project of Pilot Club International. In 1989, following the lead of our national organization, the Girls Club of Jacksonville became Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville. Since this time, the Agency has implemented the research-based healthy living, academic enrichment, and life skills development programs that were created by the Girls Incorporated National Research Center.


bill of rights

Although the times and programs have changed, Girls Inc. always has been, and always will be, all about the girls. With a continued commitment and dedication to making a measurable and lasting difference, Girls Inc. is a strong advocate for girls and honors the Girls Inc. Girls Bill of Rights.

who we are

1. Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist stereotypes.

2. Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist stereotypes.

3. Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist stereotypes.

4. Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.

5. Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and be safe in the world.

6. Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

“I have learned that I have the power to overcome any difficult situation no matter what the circumstances are. I have learned to be and stay strong and I will forever rely on this strength to get me wherever it is I decide I want to go in life.

Claresea, Age 14