Girls Inc. of Holyoke: Part of a national network focused on girls

As a member of the nonprofit organization Girls Inc. (formerly known as Girls Clubs of America, headquartered in New York City) we are one of the leading organizations focused exclusively on helping girls achieve their potential.

Each year, more than 90 Girls Inc. affiliates in the U.S. and Canada help more than 138,000 girls 5 -18 years old to be strong, smart and bold by offering life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face.

Our impact is also felt among elected representatives, policy makers, corporations, and community organizations. We collaborate with these groups to advance an agenda that represents the interests of girls and young women.

National strength and reach

While Girls Inc. of Holyoke operates as an independent organization, we draw strength from our national network in several ways: Through research, programs, and media exposure. By working closely with our national office, we channel their resources into our local communities and stay aligned with the goals of our national leadership.

Champions for Girls

Champions for GirlsChampions for Girls is a national giving circle of individual philanthropists in the US and Canada who are dedicated to the Girls Inc. mission. These significant donors contribute funds that go to work at the local level, enabling more girls to experience what we do:

  • Partner $1,000 to $4,999

    Every gift in the Champions for Girls giving society is used to help identify girls' strengths, and promote a growth mindset where both achievement and the ability to learn from mistakes are celebrated. PARTNER level gifts enable us to sustain a presence in her world.
  • Ally $5,000 to $9,999

    Gifts in this range support the importance of creating spaces that are "girls only," where their worries, their strengths, their ideas and dreams are taken seriously, and they feel the safety and freedom to envision a positive future.
  • Advocate $10,000 to $24,999

    Advocate level contributions enable us to create relationships with trained, supportive adults who believe in girls' innate abilities, can build their skills, and draw out their resilience.
  • Luminary $25,000 to $49,999

    Gifts in this range expand our ability to support the delivery of a breadth of experiences in programs that meet girls where they are, connect to interests they already have, and expand their horizons into areas they may never have imagined.
  • Vanguard $50,000+

    Donors in this category make a huge impact in our long-term financial strength, ensuring that each girl we serve grows to be a competent and confident adult woman.

Research-based curricula

As part of our affiliation with our national organization, we have access to research-based curricula designed specifically for girls. This means our programs are built on data and are designed to meet specific needs that are proven to exist among girls.

The Girls Inc. National Resource Center (NRC), located in Indianapolis, provides background information for anyone interested in our programs.

Defining the Girls Inc. Experience

Every day, when girls arrive at out Girls Inc. locations to take part in various programs and activities, they have different experiences that are all based on one set of criteria. This is what defines the Girls Inc. Experience:

  1. A pro-girl and girls-only environment
  2. Trusting, mentoring relationships
  3. Holistic, compensatory, and intentional experiential content
  4. Research-based curricula
  5. Hands-on, interactive activities
  6. Sustained exposure to increase positive outcomes
The Girls Inc. Experience is facilitated by 3 Essential Services that are common to all activities and programs. They are: Healthy Living activities, Academic Enrichment, and Life Skills instruction.

We use these criteria to create consistent experiences, outcomes, and levels of quality in everything we do for girls.

The Girls Inc. Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change is that the Girls Inc. Experience results in:

  1. Strong and Healthy girls, who make healthy choices and manage their reproductive health
  2. Smart and Educated girls, who are motivated to achieve, graduate from high school and have post-secondary education, and attain personal, educational and career goals
  3. Bold and Independent girls, who have healthy relationships, a sound body image, and are not afraid to use their voice

Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing them the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential.