Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) was founded in 1983 by individuals committed to reducing the number of girls becoming teen mothers, dropping out of high school, and entering correctional facilities. GIMD is an affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated organization, a recognized authority on girls’ issues with a history dating back to 1864.

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, we adapted to meet the specific environmental 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.

"It’s important to learn about different cultures because it’s an interesting way to challenge your thoughts and expands the way you process information and ideas."

Joanna, 7th grade