In partnership with schools and at the Girls Inc. Hillside center, we focus on the development of the whole girl. They learn to value themselves, take risks, and discover and develop their inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equip youth to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.
Gender-based oppression affects everyone, especially those who have been historically marginalized. It is essential that our youth have a safe and supportive environment to be themselves. We only become stronger when all voices are heard and there’s room for everyone at the table. We are committed to building an organization and a society that recognizes and celebrates all.
Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has been a trans-inclusive organization for many years, being steadfast in our commitment to providing the Girls Inc. experience in a safe space for our youth. Our doors are open to our transgender and non-binary individuals. We believe that we are all connected: discrimination targeted toward some girls not only hinders their achievement but diminishes the strength of community for all. We welcome all transgender girls and young women and non-binary individuals, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
Who We Are
Since 1956, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has inspired girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. We provide girls throughout Santa Fe with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues they face. Girls Inc. gives youth the tools and support they need to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, pro-girl environment; peers who share their drive and aspirations; and research-based programming. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, and see college as attainable. Our programming focuses on healthy living (Strong); academic enrichment and support (Smart); and life skills and independence (Bold).
“Girls Inc. made me a better, smarter, stronger, and more self-confident woman.” – Ghita
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 Girls Inc. National team and other Girls Inc. affiliates, and are tailored to meet the needs of Santa Fe girls.
“Girls Inc. is a place where I can be myself without worrying about being judged.” – Ariana, age 14
Who We Serve
Girls Inc. of Santa Fe is an accepting and inclusive space for all people who feel welcome in our place and our programs.
Girls Inc. operates on a sliding scale with additional scholarships available. We will never turn away a family due to their ability to pay. The application process is not extensive, and access is an important value to us.
We work in conjunction with the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, we have summer camp, spring break camp and afterschool programs at our Hillside Avenue Center.
We have programs for youth aged 5 to 18.