THREE ELEMENTS ARE CRITICAL TO SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES:

PEOPLE: Trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships. Our staff take the time to engage with families, encourage girls to pursue leadership positions, and serve as role models.

ENVIRONMENT: Girls-only, physically and emotionally safe; where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect.

RESEARCH-BASED PROGRAMMING: Research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Our trained staff develop locally-focused programs that ensure girls are exposed to new experiences.


the strong, smart, and bold outcomes measurement survey

During the 2018 Girls Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Outcomes Survey (SSBOS), over 4,600 girls across 56 Girls Inc. affiliates in the United States and Canada shared information about their perspectives and experiences. The data collected through the Girls Inc. network’s efforts is extremely valuable as we work together to provide all girls with a high quality Girls Inc. Experience and to make a measurable difference in their lives. The SSBOS was developed in partnership with Child Trends, a leading youth development research firm. It captures information on girls in the areas of Healthy Living (Strong), Academic Enrichment and Support (Smart), and Life Skills Instruction (Bold). It also provides valuable feedback from girls about their perceptions of and experiences at Girls Inc.  There are two age-appropriate versions of the survey, one for younger girls, ages 9-12, and one for older girls, ages 13-18. Each version is available in both English and Spanish.

OUTCOME INDICATORS USED TO MEASURE SUCCESS:
  • Healthy Living (Strong)
    • Sports
    • Nutrition
    • Body Image
    • Risky Behavior
    • Healthy Sexuality
  • Academic Enrichment and Support (Smart)
    • Academic Engagement
    • Academic Aspirations
    • Grades
    • School Subject Interest & Confidence
    • College Prep
    • Attendance & Discipline
  • Life Skills Instruction (Bold)
    • Resilience
    • Diligence & Perseverance
    • Leadership
    • Self-Regulation
    • Bullying Behaviors
    • Civic Engagement
    • Volunteerism
  • Girls Inc. Experience
KEY FINDINGS:


 

ADDITIONAL OUTCOMES:
STRONG
  • 96% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls have never smoked a cigarette
  • 92%  of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls have never smoked marijuana
  • 90% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls feel that getting pregnant would interfere with school
SMART
  • 94% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls care about doing well in school
  • 96% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls do not give up when they get bad grades
  • 89% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls get mostly A’s and B’s in English, Reading, or Language Arts
  • 82% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls get mostly A’s and B’s in Math
  • 81% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls get mostly A’s and B’s in Science
  • 86% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls find science fun and interesting
BOLD
  • 84% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls think about who they will be when they are older
  • 83% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls feel that they can make a positive difference in their community
  • 93% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls feel that they can use what they know to solve “real-life” problems in their community
  • 97% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey girls think it is important to know how to manage their money well
GIRLS INC. EXPERIENCE
  • 99% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey girls get the opportunity to try new things at Girls Inc.
  • 98% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey girls report that they learn to make a difference in the world at Girls Inc.
  • 91% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey girls report that at Girls Inc. they learn they can do anything boys can do
  • 80% of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey girls report that they have the chance to be a leader at Girls Inc.

For additional information about the SSBOS, please contact Tess Mailey at tmailey@girlsincpa-nj.org.