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In partnership with schools and at Girls Inc. centers, we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls 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.
For 62 years, 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 girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the tools and support they need to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only 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, age 15
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.
“Girls Inc. is a place where I can be myself without worrying about being judged.” – Ariana, age 14
In 2016, we worked with 525 unique girls at our Hillside center and offsite.
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.