Frequently Asked Questions
Can I volunteer if I don’t have any experience working with Youth? Yes. Girls Inc.’s Volunteer Program offers training before and during your volunteer work on best tutoring practices and suggestions for sticky disciplinarian situations. You’ll also be working directly with instructors and are encouraged to involve staff if you need help.
How many volunteers does Girls Inc. have? During the school year we have about 20-30 Program Assistant volunteers working in our classrooms alongside our instructors. In the summer we have about 40.
Can men volunteer at Girls Inc.?Absolutely! We encourage positive male role models to spend their time at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver to expose our girls to a diverse set of volunteers. This space respects all people, including race, ethnicity gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, religion, body shape, size and ability.
What does a typical day volunteering look like?Most volunteers serve as Program Assistants, helping instructors facilitate Girls Inc. curriculum.
During the school year, volunteers will arrive either when the girls do (between 3-3:30pm) or when program begins (4:30pm) and head to the Volunteer Corner to put their things in their locker, grab their nametag to wear during the duration of their shift, and then head to their designated classroom. Program ends at 6pm and the girls are picked up afterward by their parents. Volunteers assist instructors with Core Programming (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or with tutoring and homework help (Tuesdays and Thursdays).
During the summer, volunteers are here all day along with the girls, from 8am-5:30pm. Girls attend two classes each day; a morning class (9am-12pm), break for lunch (12-1:30pm) and an afternoon class (1:30-4:30pm), followed by an hour for parent pick-up time until 5:30pm. Volunteers are often asked to attend field trips in the Denver area and prepare meals.
Why Just Girls?The purpose of Girls Inc. programming is to enable girls to achieve their full potential. To do this, girls must conquer social, legal and cultural barriers that are different than those of boys. By providing space and programming that is targeted specifically to girls, their needs and their challenges, we are able to put them on the same playing field as boys as they grow through life and become professional and responsible citizens.
Do Any Of Your Programs Work With Boys?Yes, although this is not our expertise. Our Outreach Programs and Health and Sexuality Programs periodically serve boys by providing long term, curriculum-based programs and professional training in Girls Inc. curricula which may then be taught to boys. Our Center Based Programs for Youth, ages 6-11, and Teens, ages 12-18 are designed specifically and implemented for girls only.
Do You Serve Only "Delinquent" Or "At-Risk" Girls?No, Girls Inc. programming is open to ALL girls. Because our Center is located in West Denver, girls who attend our center-based programs often have some "at-risk" factors in their lives such as insufficiently-funded schools or family income below the poverty level. Our outreach-based programs are marketed mostly to communities that also demonstrate "at-risk" factors. So again, many of the girls who attend may be considered "at-risk." However, it is important to note that Girls Inc. of Metro Denver will deliver our programs anywhere they are requested based on the capacity of our staff and volunteers to do so.
Do You Work In Collaboration With Any Other Agencies? Yes, we work extensively and partner yearly with more than twenty other agencies in our region. These include other non-profits, public and private schools, the juvenile justice system, faith-based organizations, and other youth-serving agencies. These affiliations allow us to leverage our strengths with those other organizations and effectively serve over 2,000 girls a year.
How Do Girls Find Out About The Program?Girls and families find out about the programs in our Center through friends and through recruitment efforts at Denver-area schools. Our outreach-based programs are usually scheduled through agencies with whom we partner and those agencies usually manage the recruitment efforts. For information about how to bring a Girls Inc. program to your school or organization please click here.
Where Do You Get Your Funding? Do You Receive National Or State Funding?The largest percentage of our funding comes from private sources. Yes, we do receive some national and state funding, much of that for AmeriCorp volunteers that help expand our capacity to serve girls.
In What Capacity Do You Use Volunteers?We have volunteers in every area of our organization everything from providing homework help for the girls to assisting with our events. We also have an internship program for college students who want to attain real-life experience in any of our departments.
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