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.


Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead 

The results of a rigorous, comparative study recently conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) demonstrate the effectiveness of the Girls Inc. Experience through independent data collection and analysis.

Across 24 dimensions, Girls Inc. girls did significantly better than girls who had not had the Girls Inc. Experience.

Girls Inc. girls are more likely to engage in pursuits and express beliefs that lead to physical and mental well-being, academic achievement, and strong leadership. The findings demonstrate that girls not only thrive at Girls Inc., but they are also more likely than other girls to see themselves as leaders, with the skills and capabilities to influence and improve their local communities.

Informed by both the AIR study and an understanding of what is happening in girls’ lives, Girls Inc. recently released our Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead report, which answers the question:

What can we do for girls to allow them to take full advantage of their leadership potential?

Girls continue to face tremendous challenges throughout their lives. As a community must invest in and expand on what works. Girls Inc. makes a real and lasting impact on the lives of girls and we have the outcomes to prove it. We know how to help girls overcome obstacles and thrive — and we are determined to be a part of the solution.

Positive Performance Measures 

Girls Inc. girls outperform their peers in the following areas: 

Academic Record Outcomes

Standardized English/language arts test scores
Standardized math test scores
School attendance
Suspensions from school

Strong Outcomes 

Exercise regularly
Play on a sports team
Happy with my body

Smart Outcomes 

Science is fun
Science confidence
Understand science
Enjoy seeing how things are made
Curious about science
Want a science job
Excited about science
Enjoy science games
Math is fun
Math confidence
Reading confidence
Post-secondary readiness
School engagement

Bold Outcomes

Positive relationships with adults
Stands up for fairness and beliefs
Civic efficacy
The strong, smart, and bold outcomes measurement survey

View the full report here

Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey 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.