Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood, and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self- confidence, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

LOCAL AFFILIATE HISTORY

Girls Inc. of Halton, the first Canadian affiliate of Girls Inc., has been providing mentoring to all girls from the ages of 6-18 years since 1986. We provide research-based age appropriate programs that encourage girls to master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges in a safe and supportive atmosphere where similarities and differences between girls are valued, respected and celebrated. From exploring all types of careers, playing sports, managing their health, girls build skills for a healthy, independant life.

I struggled internally for a long time, but through Girls Inc. I learned that my body is a resource, not an object. I began to love and embrace my body.

Briseida