“Girls Inc. made me a better, smarter, stronger, and more self-confident woman.” – Ghita, age 15
Who We Are
Girls Inc.’s mission is inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our vision is empowered girls and women in an equitable society. Since 1955, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has been a strong advocate for the changing needs of girls and young women in Santa Fe.
The name “Girls Incorporated” was chosen by girls in the 1990s, because “growing up is serious business.”
Girls Inc. of Santa Fe is THE positive development and risk prevention organization for Santa Fe girls. We believe the Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent adults.
We work with girls ages 5-18 through After School, Spring Break and Summer Camps, Outreach, Workshops, and Collaborations. Our programs are researched and developed on a national level and cover Careers and Life Planning, Health and Sexuality, Leadership and Community Action, Sports and Adventure, Self-Reliance and Life Skills, and Culture and Heritage.
We are deeply passionate about inspiring girls and supporting them as they develop the skills and self-confidence to navigate successfully through the challenges of growing up female. We intervene to help girls develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to make the best decisions for themselves.
What We Do
Our learning programs are experiential and fun. Girls often say that their time at Girls Inc. is when they feel the safest, both physically and emotionally. Learning is supported by field trips, community projects, arts and crafts, special mentoring and other techniques where girls experience the heritage, culture and diversity that make Santa Fe unique, as they interact with role models. Our research-based programs are developed by the Girls Inc. National Resource Center and other Girls Inc. affiliates, and are tailored to meet the needs of Santa Fe girls.
Who We Serve
In 2012, we worked with 221 unique girls. These girls participated in 90,015 service impact hours (an average of 407 hours per girl).
Girls Inc. of Santa Fe works with girls ages 5-18 from across Santa Fe County. These girls are reflective of the Santa Fe community.
Self-identified racial/ethnic profile: 38% White/Anglo, 34% Hispanic/Latina, 24% Multiracial, 2% African American, 1% Native American, and 1% Asian American.
4% spoke a language other than English at home.
69% came from a home considered to be low income for the City of Santa Fe.
56% lived in a single-parent household.
96% received a scholarship to attend.
No one is turned away due to lack of ability to pay.