Beginning June 15, 2020 Girls Inc. of Metro Denver will launch remote, hands-on learning for the summer! 

Safety of our girls is Girls Inc. of Metro Denver’s highest priority. We thank you for your patience as our Programs Team worked to shift our summer plans to a virtual, remote learning model. Summer 2020 Remote Programs include Get Lit with Stem (ES), Grow Girl, Grow (ES), CSI Forensics (MS), Internships (HS&C) , and more! Following a traditional summer schedule, each day will include two to three online classes and an independent learning activity. To learn more about our 2020 remote schedule, please read the Summer Program Parent Letter.

Summer Programs Parent Letter
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The Girls Inc. Experience

At Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, 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 Metro Denver’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 Girls Inc. 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.

The Girls Inc. Experience is grounded in the belief that all girls have incredible potential. Girls Inc. provides girls with trusting, mentoring relationships; a girls-only environment, and research-based, hands-on programming. Three critical goals drive our programming – that girls lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and have life skills needed that prepare them for adulthood. To meet our goal of girls leading healthy lives, we work to ensure that girls have the skills, knowledge, and support to take charge of their health and increase healthy behaviors throughout their lives.

Empower

Combat Bullying, Harassment, & Sexual Violence


Sexual harassment and violence can lead to ongoing physical, mental, and economic consequences and can adversely affect the ability of girls to stay in school and hold down jobs, further limiting their opportunities. Girls Inc. takes a holistic approach to combating sexual violence, harassment and bullying by raising awareness about girls’ rights and schools’ obligations and advocating for policies that promote safe learning environments and address the root causes of sexual violence.

 

Educate

Promote Educational Opportunities & Economic Independence


Too many girls are not receiving the educational opportunities and support they need to achieve their dreams. Women earn only 31% of all post-secondary STEM degrees awarded in the United States despite the fact that girls who are exposed to STEM programming at a young age express interest in these subjects. In addition, punitive and exclusionary school discipline practices often push girls out of the classroom instead of providing them with the support they need to be successful in school. Girls Inc. fights to improve access to quality educational experiences for underserved girls, for whom such opportunities are critical in overcoming income inequality and other challenges to reaching their potential.

Support

Support Girls’ Mental Health


No one should be made to feel ashamed about taking steps to improve their mental health. While 1 in 5 teens report suffering from a mental illness, many do not feel comfortable asking for help because of societal stigma and those who do may not have access to quality, affordable care. Almost 8 in 10 high school girls report being unhappy with their bodies, LGBTQ students experience high rates of bullying and harassment, and girls who survive trauma often get punished for coping behaviors instead of getting the help they need to heal.