Girls Inc. of Holyoke began changing the lives of girls and young women in 1981 as the Holyoke Girls Club.
The Girls Club was formed by a small and dedicated group of community members responding to the lack of services after the YWCA of Holyoke closed its doors.
The Holyoke Girls Club mobilized leadership, staff members, and volunteers to provide a space just for women and girls. A Board was formed. Renovations were made to the old Tommy's Taxi Building. Grant monies were secured. The new organization was on its way.
The Holyoke Girls Club joined the Girls Club of America in 1983. Programs were thriving and growth continued year by year. In the 1990s, the national organization changed its name to Girls Inc. – and we aligned with the national organization by changing our name to Girls Inc. of Holyoke.
Fast forward to 2003, and we proudly opened our second site, Holyoke’s only Teen Center just for girls. Our Elementary School Program continued to operate at 52 Nick Cosmos Way.
Today, we reach more than 1,750 girls each year through programs, peer education, and community outreach.