The Girls Inc. Experience empowers girls to succeed. Girls Inc. provides girls with trusting, mentoring relationships; a girls-only environment, and research-based, hands-on programming. Three critical goals drive our programming – that girls lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and have life skills needed that prepare them for adulthood. To meet our goal of girls leading healthy lives, we work to ensure that girls have the skills, knowledge, and support to take charge of their health and increase healthy behaviors throughout their lives.

In-School

Programs are offered in schools all across Leeds and Grenville, as part of the regular school day. Last school year 9 schools from two local school boards partnered with Girls Inc. to offer students in their schools this opportunity. Programs are available for all age groups for 15-25 girls. To find out how to bring Girls Inc. to your school please contact Girls Inc. at (613) 345-3295.

Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion

The Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion program helps girls build their skills and knowledge for resisting negative pressure, enhance their communication skills and body image, analyze media messages that glamorize substance use, and learn to recognize and manage stress in healthy ways.

The program consists of 10-1 hour sessions, delivered to groups of 10-25 Grade 5-6 and Grade 7-9 girls on a weekly basis.

This program has been correlated with the Ontario Curriculum and is being evaluated locally. The curriculum correlation and the evaluation results from the pilot sites are available upon request.

Economic Literacy

The Girls Inc. Economic Literacy Program enhances girls’ financial competence and confidence, empowers girls to recognize early on that they can exercise control over their financial future, and promotes within girls a sense of economic justice.

Through Girls Inc. Economic Literacy, girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save money and how to help others through philanthropy. As girls explore how the economy affects everyone locally and globally, they develop skills critical to being financially savvy and becoming economically independent adults. The following core components give girls a foundation for economically independent adulthood and an understanding of key economic concepts at the individual, family, community, national, and global levels and of the impact that girls can have.

She’s on the Money
This program uses games, role-playing, art projects, and field trips to build girls’ skills for identifying and counting money and to increase their understanding of basic concepts and topics such as using banks, saving for the future, planning for a career, differentiating between wants and needs, donating and volunteering, comparison shopping, taxes and government services, and global economics.

She’s on the money consists of 10 – 1 hour sessions delivered to groups of 10-25 of Grade 1-3 girls on a weekly basis

Dollars, Sense, and Me
This program gives girls the opportunity to explore topics like managing money and investing and will begin to build their skills for a financially independent future.  Role plays, art projects and group discussions to build girls’ skills for identifying and counting money, increase their understanding of basic concepts like banks, saving for the future, encourage girls to differentiate between wants and needs, and think about concepts like donating and volunteering
Topics include currency, supply and demand, entrepreneurship, paid and unpaid work, volunteerism, budgeting, taxes and government spending, and smart consumerism.

Dollars, Sense, and Me consists of 8 1-hour sessions delivered to groups of 10-25 of Grade 4-6 girls on a weekly basis

Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders
The Girls Inc. Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders helps girls learn broad financial and economic concepts, such as wants and needs, career development, banking skills, loan applications, credit cards, investment risks vs. return, consumer tips, media literacy, labour law, taxes and government services, philanthropy, global economics, and fitting a career into a full, well-rounded life.

Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders consists of 10 1- hour sessions delivered to groups of 10-25 Grade 7-9 girls on a weekly basis.

Futures and Options
The Girls Inc. Futures and Options program prepares girls for entering the world of work by helping them examine topics such as attitudes and values about money, career strategies, economic justice and workers’ rights, paycheque deductions, responsible use of credit and avoiding predatory lenders, renting versus buying, and investing.

Futures and options consist of 10-1 hour sessions delivered to groups of 10-25 Grade 10-12 girls on a weekly basis.

Media Literacy

Girls Inc. Media and Me
The Girls Inc. Media Literacy Program helps school-age girls recognize tools and techniques used to persuade media consumers, think critically about the media they consume and advocate for change in how the media represents girls and women.

This program consists of 8-1 hour sessions delivered to groups of 7-18 girls, ages 6-8, on a weekly basis.

Media Smarts
This program encourages and equips girls to think critically about how media messages are constructed and provides opportunities for them to craft their own media messages.
Throughout Media Smarts girls will:

  •  investigate the use of slogans, logos, merchandising and target marketing in media
  • consider the realness of reality TV
  • practice creating strong, smart, & bold characters
  • consider issues such as beauty, diversity and stereotypes

This program consists of 10-1 hour sessions is delivered to groups of 10-25 Grade 4-6 girls on a weekly basis

Girls Take Another Look
Girls Take Another Look is an exciting program full of opportunities for creativity that will encourage girls to:

  • Recognize tools and techniques used to persuade media consumers
  • Question the media’s focus on appearance and narrow definition of beauty
  • Practice deconstructing obvious and hidden media messages
  • Learn to influence the media by communicating their opinions to those in power
  • Think critically about the entertainment news and advertising media they consume

This program consists of 10-1 hour sessions is delivered to groups of 10-25 Grade 7-9 girls on a weekly basis

Project Bold

Through Girls Inc. Project BOLD®, girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal and gender-based violence.

Be Bold
Be BOLD, for girls ages 6 to 8, builds girls’ skills and personal power for avoiding or dealing with hurtful or dangerous situations and assists them in identifying resources that contribute to their safety.

This program consists of 8-1 hour sessions delivered to groups of 7-18 girls on a weekly basis.

Living Safe & Strong
Living Safe & Strong, for girls ages 12 to 14, continues discussion of gender violence issues, reinforces and provides additional safety strategies and self-defense skills for teen girls, and introduces them to community experts and resources.

This program consists of 12-1 hour sessions delivered to groups of 10-25 girls on a weekly basis.

Operation SMART

Girls Inc. Operation SMART® develops girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.

Community Based Programs

Girls Inc. programming is offered in community spaces throughout Leeds-Grenville, allowing close to 400 girls to participate in the Girls Inc. experience in their home community.  In the past programs have been offered in Athens, Brockville, Portland, Prescott, Kemptville, Lansdowne, Spencerville, Cardinal and Gananoque.

Programs are a girls-only environment for children aged 6-13 years old

All programs are from 9 am to 4 pm – No before or aftercare is available

To Register
  1. Complete the following form Program Registration
  2. Once you have completed the Program Registration we will send you an email to confirm your registration and any other information needed.
Payment
  1. We accept e-transfer to admin@uppercanada.girls-inc.org
  2. Credit card over the phone
  3. If you would like to discuss our full or partial subsidies please call or email
Virtual Programing

PA Day Programs 2020/2021

For the 2020/2021 school year, we will be offering PA Day programming throughout the region.  Themes will vary including Building Friendships, STEM, and many more.  Check back often for updated information on locations and themes.

Programs are a girls-only environment for children aged 6-13 years old

All programs are from 9 am to 4 pm – No before or aftercare is available

Program cost -$30.00

November 19th, 2021 – French School Board 

Location: Kemptville
Theme: STEM

November 26th, 2021 

Location: Portland
Theme: STEM

December 20th,2021

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD

December 21st,2021

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD

December 22nd,2021

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD

February 1st, 2022

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD

May 27th, 2022

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD

 

March Break 
March 14th-18th, 2022  9 am – 4:30 pm (No before or after care)

Location: TBD
Theme: TBD
Cost: $150 (full and partial subsidies are available)

 

 

Summer 2022

Information regarding summer 2022 TBD

 

 

Workshops

Our workshops for girls in Grades 1-12 cover topics including, but not limited to, body image, stress, media literacy, healthy relationships, social aggression and so much more! Workshops are conducted by trained Girls Inc. staff with groups of 15-25 participants.Fee per workshop is $50. Call or email for more information!