frequently asked questions
What is Girls Inc.?
Girls Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides programming that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
What does Girls Inc. do?
Girls Inc. provides educational, interactive programs that help girls reach their full potential. Programs are nationally researched, outcomes-based, and delivered on an outreach basis. Program topics focus on leadership, peer pressure, science exploration, and self-awareness for girls ages 6 to 18.
Why do you only serve 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 programming that is crafted specifically for girls, their needs and their unique challenges, we are able to put them on the same playing field as boys as they grow through life and become independent and responsible adults. Girls Inc. programs intend to make a difference in the lives of girls through purposeful activities that are relevant to girls' lives.
How are Girls Inc. programs delivered?
Girls Inc. of Greater Houston delivers programs on an outreach basis; this means that programs are delivered in a variety of settings in the community. Girls Inc. builds partnerships with schools, community centers, and faith-based organizations to provide programs to girls at those locations. Girls Inc. operates solely from a business office and unfortunately, is not equipped with a center facility for hosting programs.
Where are Girls Inc. programs offered?
Girls Inc. programs are conducted in schools, community centers, faith-based organizations, libraries, apartment facilities, therapeutic homes, and medical clinics located within the Greater Houston community.
In what areas of town do you provide programs?
Girls Inc. program locations may vary month to month. The majority of programming is held within the Greater Houston area within Harris County and other outlying areas. Girls Inc. is able to provide programming in the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Waller, Washington, Wharton, and Walker.
Where do the girls you serve come from?
Girls Inc. participants are recruited by the program host site (schools, community centers, faith-based organizations, libraries, apartment facilities, therapeutic homes, and medical clinics). Girls who would like to join an existing Girls Inc. program at a site will need approval from the program host site in order to participate in the program.
How can I get my daughter (granddaughter, friend, niece, etc.) involved?
We welcome the opportunity to bring programs into your community. We encourage you to provide us with the name of a community center, school, or place of worship and a possible contact person so that we may pursue building a program partnership with them. Girls Inc. staff will update you if/when a partnership solidifies and request that your special girl participate in program opportunities.
How long is each program?
Girls Inc. provides programs that range from three to fifteen sessions. Each session varies between 60 – 90 minutes. Girls Inc. also provides introductory single sessions at no cost.
How can I get Girls Inc. programs in my community, place of worship, etc.?
We welcome the opportunity to bring programs into your community. We encourage you to provide us with the name of a community center, school, or place of worship with a possible contact person so that we may pursue building a program partnership with them.
What is the age of the girls you serve?
Girls Inc. serves area girls, ages 6 – 18, with quality, educational programming. The majority of the girls we serve through programming are between the ages of 6 to 14 years of age.
What programs are offered?
- ClubZOOM Engineering (consists of three one-hour sessions) – A program teaches that girls about the career of engineering and enables them to learn and practice the method engineers use to solve problems using hands-on activities and group work.
- My Girlfriend Zelda (consists of eight one-hour sessions) – A program that introduces girls to human anatomy, physiology, health and hygiene, and the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals. Girls learn about the body's organs by becoming surgeons who operate on their friend Zelda—a soft, cloth, and life-size teaching doll with flaps that open to reveal her internal organs.
- Discovery Leadership (consists of fifteen 60-90 min. sessions) - A program that enables girls to practice leadership skills and to implement community action projects.
- Friendly PEERsuasion® (consists of fifteen one-hour sessions) - A program designed to help acquire knowledge and skills to address peer pressure in a constructive way with a focus on substance abuse prevention.
- Know Your Rights - (consists of eleven 60-minute sessions) – A program that allows girls to explore attitudes and expectations about body image, careers, and stereotypes while increasing their understanding of their rights as GIRLS!
Is there a charge for participants?
The majority of Girls Inc. program services have a fee-based. Program host sites typically cover the program costs. Girls Inc. seeks funding opportunities and donors to offset costs to program partner host sites.
I am interested in volunteering. What opportunities are there?
Girls Inc. seeks "Program Instructors" to teach the Strong, Smart, and Bold session to teenage girls in the Greater Houston area. Instructors introduce the Girls Inc. mission to girls, guide them through a self-discovery exercise, and lead group discussions in a fun and exciting way. The Strong, Smart, and Bold session is offered as an introductory single-session. Volunteers will work with teenage girls in a small group, typically in classroom settings at various school campuses Monday through Friday.
Girls Inc. volunteer opportunities are seasonal and based on the needs of programs and agency events. Potential volunteers must undergo a screening process in order to participate.
What volunteer opportunities are there for girls (my daughter)?
Currently, there are no volunteer opportunities available for youth. You may contact Volunteer Houston www.volunteerhouston.org or Volunteer Match www.volunteermatch.org for youth-related opportunities.
Are there job opportunities at Girls Inc. for girls?
Currently, there are no job opportunities available for youth.
I am concerned about my daughter's behavior; does Girls Inc. provide intervention services?
Girls Inc. focuses on preventative services. For a listing of youth intervention services, please contact the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast at 2-1-1 or call (toll free)1-800-833-5948 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.