To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Our vision is for all girls growing up in Alameda County to feel valued, safe, and prepared to achieve their dreams of college, career, and leadership. To that end, we connect girls from underserved neighborhoods with access to the resources and opportunities they need to navigate gender, economic, and racial barriers, and realize their potential.
Our Girls and Community
“Girls Inc. of Alameda County became the place where I talked through my insecurities, built my confidence and accessed the opportunities that shaped me into the woman I am today.”
– Girls Inc. Alumna
Despite the prosperous tech-fueled economy and rising wealth in the San Francisco Bay Area, the girls we serve often lack access to the resources and opportunities critical to their future success.
In Our Community
4 in 5 Oakland third graders from low-income households cannot read at grade level, a critical predictor of future success.
By 5th grade, girls are half as active as boys in physical activities, leading to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Despite equal interest in elementary school, by eighth grade girls are half as interested as boys in STEM careers, limiting their access to rewarding opportunities in tech.
1 in 3 girls in Oakland will not graduate high school, leaving many dreams of college and career unrealized.
Who We Serve
The overwhelming majority of our girls identify as girls of color, with 39% identifying as Latina and 30% African American. 40% speak a language other than English at home, and 90% are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.
Identify as girls of color
Speak a language other than English
Eligible for free and reduced-price lunch
The unique challenges girls face today can be extremely difficult to navigate and overcome. Unfortunately, most co-ed programming is designed using boys as the norm, meaning girls’ specific needs often go unmet in settings that are not designed expressly for them. A recent assessment conducted in the Oakland Unified School District found that girls are yearning for more girl-specific opportunities and support.
In response to these needs, Girls Inc. provides research-based programming to empower girls at every stage of their development. We focus on the whole girl: her health and well-being, education, and development as a leader.
Our girls inspire us. Whether they’re discovering a new book or designing a solar-powered phone charger, learning martial arts or promoting changes in their community, they are full of energy, resilience, and promise. They resist stereotypes, embrace a positive self-image, and inspire their peers to do the same. They rise to challenges, and they dream big.
Our girls will not only succeed, they will change the world.
The Girls Inc. Experience
At Girls Inc., we are committed to recognizing girls’ power and potential. We have developed “The Girls Inc. Experience” to support their success.
A pro-girl environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe.
Trusting relationships with trained adult staff and volunteers.
Intentional & Compensatory Programming
Holistic programs focused on girls’ needs provide access and exposure to new opportunities while expanding their mindsets.
Relevant, field-tested curricula that builds girls’ knowledge and skills.
Girl-centered, motivating, and engaging projects.
Continuous programming and personal connections to increase positive outcomes.
“Over the years, Girls Inc. has stood by me. Now, I am a confident girl who speaks my mind. I am a leader who stands up for girls. I’m ready to show them that they, too, are Strong, Smart & Bold.”
– Girls Inc. Alumna