Girls: Strong, Smart & Bold


Hey, Sarasota! Who here can get on board with a gals only organization? (We’re not just talking about a program where girls sit around and kill time.) We’re talking about Girls, Incorporation: A life-changing company that equips females to overcome serious barriers. A place that nourishes young women to grow up strong, smart and bold.

Girls Inc. is nation-wide, and Sarasota is home to a special branch that focuses on the development of kids from K-8th grade. How? By offering after school and summer camp education beyond the traditional realm of teaching; by exposing young ladies to entrepreneurship, technology, finances, engineering and science.

One rather unique program Girls Inc. has designed is called MicroSociety®. In this program, “students build and run a miniature society within their afterschool program.” By using real world experiences that they’ve learned in the classroom, they receive a job title or community role and get to work. All citizens are able to earn money, invest, and even pay everything from tuition to rent.

Girls Inc. has an even greater overall vision than that, though. They’re especially dedicated to impacting the lives of each individual. They teach girls to value themselves, find their strengths, and navigate through challenges. It’s an all around pro-girl environment, breaking away at self-doubt, and social and economic impediments with the help of female mentors. We could all benefit from positive role models like that.

As the only gender specific program for girls in Sarasota County, Girls Inc. has developed an ever-so appropriate Book of Rights for their fellow ladies to follow:

  • Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
  • Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
  • Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
  • Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
  • Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
  • Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

Interested in becoming a volunteer, donating or learning more? Join Girls, Inc. on Friday, April 20th at 10:30 AM for their Annual Celebration Luncheon honoring the strong women leaders in our community. Or, visit their website here.

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