Girls Inc.: Empowering Girls in Wayne County, by Erica Coulter

By KPass | education

Aug 13

By Erica Coulter, Girls Inc. Richmond IN

Team Bold (6-8th grade) practice their engineering skills by building a birdhouse

What is Girls Inc. Anyway?

Have you ever driven by Girls Inc. and wondered what’s going on in there? Our mission states that we inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, but what does that truly mean? Let’s talk about it!

Whether you’re a former Girls Inc. participant or new resident of Wayne County, here are 5 facts that may surprise you about our organization.

1. Girls Inc. of Wayne County is almost 50 years old. That’s right. In 1969 a handful of women in the community noticed that there were very few places that girls could go during non-school hours. They recognized that girls were going home alone and wanted a space where they felt they belonged. So they created the Girls Club (now Girls Inc.). Within the first few years, over 300 girls attended regularly at various locations all over Richmond run completely by volunteers.

2. Girls Inc. is a national organization. There are local, independently-run affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and even in Canada! Girls Inc. programming can be offered anywhere girls are found, including Girls Inc. centers, schools, churches, community centers and housing projects.

3. Girls Inc. of Wayne County offers year-round programming during non-school hours. We’re not after care, but rather a place where girls are offered the resources they need to determine who they want to become, not who society tells them they should be. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

4. Afterschool program fees range from just $25-100 for the entire school year. Yes, you read that right. We want to make sure that all girls have access to our programming. That means ensuring that membership costs are not a barrier to access. We accept check, cash and credit card and are happy to work with families to set up payment plans.

5. Girls Inc. of Wayne County offers a for-credit class at Richmond High School. Through our Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy (PAP) program, girls can receive high school credit as they learn about healthy relationships, communication and self-love. We also serve most middle and high school students (male and female) in Wayne County through the same program. For one week each year, one of our trained staff members travels to each school to offer PAP programming at the request of that school.

I hope that you now have a clearer understanding of our organization and the critical services we offer to the youth of our community. Feel free to pop in to our facility any time for a tour or give us a call to enroll your girl today!

Girls Inc.  of Wayne County inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. To meet our goal, we provide on-site programming for girls in grades 1-8, as well as outreach programming for girls up to 12th grade.

Erica Coulter is the Marketing, Development and Communications Manager for Girls Inc. of Wayne County. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016 with a BA in Journalism and Spanish. Her skills in public relations and design inspire her to create innovative ways to share girls’ stories and spread the word about the exciting changes Girls Inc. of Wayne County is making. She is a proud dog mom of two, and enjoys travel and her morning cup of coffee.

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.