We offer a variety of programs for girls ages 6-18 at our Friends Center location. If you would like to register a girl for any of these Saturday or summer programs, please fill out the information inquiry here.


Discovery Program is designed for girls ages 6-8 years old to cultivate their leadership skills through literacy and healthy lifestyles activities. The girls are encouraged to investigate the world around them and gain confidence to create change within their community and lives. Discovery girls will ignite their inner power and be inspired to be strong, smart, and bold!

To learn more, contact Emily M. Rankin at GIPrograms@girlsincpa-nj.orgThe application for this program can be found here. Completing and submitting this application does not guarantee enrollment in this program. 


Inspiring the next generation of female scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians

This semester’s theme: Science & Coding! 





STEM GEMS is a component of our Operation SMART program. Girls ages 9-11 participate in hands-on activities where they explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. Girls will learn to view STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers as exciting and filled with new opportunities. STEM GEMS will inspire girls to have fun while exploring chemistry, electrical engineering, environmental science, and media arts.

To learn more, contact Cherice Arrington, Education & Outreach Coordinator at carrington@girlsincpa-nj.orgThe application for this program can be found here. Completing and submitting this application does not guarantee enrollment in this program. A Girls Inc. staff member will follow up regarding your application status. 

STEM GEMS is made possible by

Rising stars

Rising STARS is a leadership program for middle school girls designed to equip girls with the skills to investigate their rights and responsibilities, and create lasting social change within the community. Participants partner with professional and college mentors to complete a community action project. Through Rising STARS, girls will gain the confidence to dream big and achieve their goals.

To learn more, contact Brionna Pendleton at bpendleton@girlsincpa-nj.org. Registration for Rising STARS is currently closed.


rising stars partner
Temple Law Alumni Association Women’s Leadership Initiative

ambassador club

Ambassador Club is a leadership program designed to prepare the next generation of future leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed. This program is for high school girls. Participants in the program work closely with Girls Inc. staff and mentors to develop valuable skills in public speaking, essay writing, college preparation, etiquette and building their brand.

For more information, contact Simone Roberts, Program Specialist for Ambassador Club and Literacy Initiative at sroberts@girlsincpa-nj.orgThe application for this program can be found here. Completing and submitting this application does not guarantee enrollment in this program. A Girls Inc. staff member will follow up regarding your application status.



The ambassador club is supported by
The Fund for Children of the Philadelphia Foundation
New Century Trust

2018 Summer Camp

Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s summer camps are filled with opportunities to explore careers, dream big and most importantly network with peers. Girls will have fun participating in hands-on projects as they work closely with college and professional mentors.

All summer camps will take place at the Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street), except for the STEM University Camp which will be held at Drexel University’s Innovation Center (3401 Market Street). All girls must bring their lunch and will receive a Girls Inc. shirt. Girls are required to attend the summer camp orientation. The cost of camp is $125 and scholarships are available.

Please see below for a description of the 2018 Summer Camps:

STEM University Camp (July 9-July 13):Through a partnership with Drexel University, 6th-8th grade girls will have the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from Drexel University professors. Girls are paired with college mentors, experience college life, and make new friends while conducting an array of science projects.

GoGirlGo! Summer Camp (July 9-July 13):A week-long interactive camp designed for girls in grades 3rd-5th. Activities are focused on improving the social and emotional health and well-being of girls by combining sports, physical activity, and leadership.

Girls Inc. STEAM Camp (July 16-July 20): Girls in grades 3rd-5th grades will participate in hands-on activities where they will explore, ask questions, persist and solve problems. Using the SciGirls curriculum, participants will be inspired to get their hands dirty, develop leadership skills, work with mentors, and explore the world around them. 

Culture & Immersion Summer Camp (July 23-July 27):Participants in grades 3rd-8th will have fun exploring art, culture, food, and history as they explore the city of Philadelphia. Activities will include visits to local festivals, museums, restaurants, and community tours.

Leadership & Career Exploration Summer Camp (July 30-August 3): Girls in grades 6th-9th will participate in a career exploration and leadership camp that will introduce girls to a variety of careers in media, business, health, and STEM.

2017 Summer Camp

In the summer of 2017, over 70 girls from the Greater Philadelphia region participated in six week-long summer programs:
  • MAGIC Camp
  • STEAM Camp
  • Fun & Fitness Camp
  • STEM University Camp
  • Media Literacy
  • WICT Career Exploration Summer Camp

They explored career paths in construction, STEM, media, fashion, and more. Girls had unique opportunities to go behind the scenes at Free People, hone their culinary skills with chefs from the Vetri Foundation, learn about investment management from Macquarie Investment Management professionals, and work alongside Drexel University professors in their laboratories, to name just a few of these extraordinary experiences.

Thank you to our Summer 2017 Career Exploration Partners:
A Pomerantz & Co
Camden Aquarium
Carpenters Training Center
Cement & Plasterers Local 592
Drexel University
Eurofins, Inc.
Free People
Johnson & Johnson
Macquarie Investment Management
NAWIC Philadelphia
Painters & Allied Trades, DC21
Partners Consulting
Sprinkler Fitters Local 692
Steamfitter Local 420
Vetri Foundation