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Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Organization Mission

To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, and to respect themselves and the world around them.

Girls Inc. serves 1,700 girls in 41 schools with trained professionals (often older teens) who mentor them in a safe environment. Girls are inspired to pursue secondary education, develop leadership and decision-making skills, serve their communities, and acquire the ability and wisdom to lead healthy lifestyles.

The Big Idea:
Growing Together

The relationship between a girl and her mother is so powerful, it affects everything from her health and self-esteem to setting the stage for all relationships throughout her life. Communication can be a common challenge for young girls and their mothers. As girls go through puberty and the physical, mental and emotional changes, the challenges can escalate.

We hope to assist by supporting girls and their mothers or another significant adult with our new program: Growing Together. It’s designed to increase positive communication between girls ages 9-12 and their mothers or possibly a sister, aunt, grandmother, or father.

Your gift will support girls in Santa Cruz County for a weekly get-together for four weeks to share activities aimed at learning about values, body changes, health and hygiene, nutrition and exercise, goals, problem solving strategies, conflict resolution and positive communication.

Girls Inc. teaches girls to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields.

My experience with Girls Inc. was amazing. I am an outspoken person but my daughter is not, she is the opposite. She would rather not talk about things that make her uncomfortable but ever since we did Girls Inc., that changed. She became more outspoken and it helped me communicate with her in a way that would not make her uncomfortable. Participating in activities where we got to practice problem-solving skills, learn about health together, and even share our goals and dreams — we feel more connected with each other and have made it a goal to spend more time with one another.


Karina Rangel, Watsonville