Our Programs

Girls Inc. of Alameda County programming is designed to empower girls at every stage of development, and provides a supportive, engaging environment for them to thrive.

We focus on the whole girl: her health and well-being, education, and development as a leader. In addition to our K-12 programming continuum, Girls Inc. offers outpatient mental health services for youth and families and school-based case management services in English and Spanish.

Given our work in economically distressed and under-resourced neighborhoods, we recognize that many of our girls face ongoing exposure to trauma. We are committed to providing a trauma-informed approach throughout our programs by ensuring our staff are equipped to recognize and respond to girls who have faced traumatic stress- reducing the impact of that stress on girls’ ability to learn.

Elementary Programs

In the early school years, girls begin to develop confidence as learners, and build the foundation for academic success. They also form attitudes about themselves in relation to school and their peers, family, and social groups that can last throughout their lives.

Girls Inc. supports elementary girls’ success by helping them master foundational academic skills, practice healthy behaviors, and build positive relationships with peers and adults. Girls begin to identify themselves as readers while acting out characters from culturally-relevant books, wonder over STEM in their everyday lives as they engage in “jump rope math” and “schoolyard bug science,” and explore healthy relationships with peers and staff.

Core Components

Academic Engagement: Literacy, Life Science, Basic Career Exploration

Healthy Living: Nutrition, Sports, Preadolescent Health

Leadership Development: Confidence, Relationships with Peers and Adults, Positive Self and Community Images, Positive Risk-Taking

Boys’ Programming: Due to the outstanding results of our literacy programming, Girls Inc. was asked by some partner schools to serve boys, too, so all students can reach grade-level reading. We do so in same-gender settings.

Middle School

In middle school, girls learn to assert and express themselves, develop their self-image, and begin to define their own morals and values. They also look for connections between classroom learning and the world around them. The middle school years are a challenging time for many girls, as they are developing their identity while facing many negative messages.

Girls Inc. supports middle school girls’ success by providing a wide range of physical and intellectual activities to explore, promoting sustained and increased interest in STEM, and giving girls opportunities to build self-confidence as they think about their future. Girls try bike riding and hiking, and learn about media messages and reproductive health; engage in hands-on STEM projects and connect with female STEM professionals; and talk about how to move into a safe and successful future post-high school.

Core Components

Academic Engagement: STEM projects, Tutoring, College Prep, Career Exploration

Healthy Living: Nutrition and Cooking, Body Image, Sports and Fitness, Mindfulness, Yoga, Reproductive Health

Leadership Development: Critical Thinking, Developing Voice, Problem Solving, Relationships with Peers and Adults, Positive Risk-Taking

High School

In high school, girls gain a clearer understanding of their context in the community and the world. They gain more independence, navigate increased social pressures, and hone their sense of what they want to contribute as they move into their future.

Girls Inc. supports high school girls’ success by focusing on college- and workplace-readiness, sisterhood, and community leadership. Girls gain valuable experience through coding projects and paid summer internships at some of the Bay Area’s top companies; go on college tours and learn about the college application and financial aid process; uplift themselves and their peers through reproductive health education; and leverage social change tools to advocate for positive change in the world around them.

Core Components

Academic Engagement: STEM projects, Tutoring, College Preparation, Career Exploration

Healthy Living: Cooking, Fitness, Body Image, Mindfulness, Yoga, Reproductive Health

Leadership Development: Advocacy, Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Relationships with Peers and Adults, Positive Risk-Taking

Pathways Counseling Center

Barriers to mental health services are significant for low-income girls of color; despite high rates of trauma exposure, children of color, girls, and those from low-income households are less likely to receive mental health care when they need it. Receiving – or not receiving – this care is a key determinant of health, wellness, and achievement over a lifespan.

To support the success and well-being of our girls and their families, Girls Inc. delivers comprehensive mental health services and case management in both English and Spanish. These services are accessible, provided both at school sites and at Pathways Counseling Center’s three centers for children, adults and families. Pathways also provides training and consultation at Girls Inc. and in the community.

Core Components

Bilingual Mental Health Therapy and Case Management: Children, adults, and families in the community receive therapy and case management services as needed.

Trauma-Informed Collaboration: Pathways clinicians help equip Girls Inc. staff to recognize and respond to girls who have faced traumatic stress, thus reducing the impact of that stress on girls’ ability to learn and thrive.

Consultation: Teachers, school administrators, and youth development staff receive mental health consultation so they can recognize when children and families are experiencing strain. Children and families can then be connected with resources and services, creating family-friendly access for mental health and other services.

Clinical Internship Program: Clinical psychology graduate students as well as post-graduate interns who are accepted into our program receive structured and comprehensive clinical training through Pathways. Learn more and apply.

Training: Girls Inc.’s Community Mental Health Training Consortium helps community clinicians remain current with relevant and pressing mental health topics pertaining to children and families. The Consortium delivers training events several times throughout the year.