Girls Inc. of The Valley

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Holyoke, MA   |  www.girlsincvalley.org

Mission

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces where girls find a sisterhood of support with mutual respect, and high expectations. Research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Suzanne Parker

Main address

PO Box 6812

Holyoke, MA 01041 USA

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EIN

04-2748244

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are key areas of learning (and career development) that we enable girls to explore through Eureka!, Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technologies) BuildIT, and other programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Holyoke Elementary School Program serves girls ages 5-12.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of girls served with holistic, high-impact experiences enabling them to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Girls Inc. creates trusting relationships with adult mentors, hands-on, minds-on experiences for girls that address their ability to grow up healthy, educated and independent.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success.
- 1 in 4 girls will not finish high school.
- 78% of girls are unhappy with their bodies by age 17.
- 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 20.
- 1 in 5 girls will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse.

Girls Inc. meets these challenges by helping girls explore and celebrate their strengths, their voices, who they are today, and who they will become. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls build confidence and embrace positive decision-making to take charge of their health and wellbeing, and achieve academic, personal and career goals.

As we embark on a new strategic direction, building from our current position of strength, our goals for the future include:
- Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls.
- Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience.
- Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model.
- Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls.
- Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer.

Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: affiliates align behind a network-wide approach to reaching girls with an intensive, holistic approach that is distinctive to Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: affiliates align with common business practices and strategic goals to emphasize sustainability and risk mitigation, opening the way to innovative reach to new communities.

Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model: affiliates are recognized experts in their local areas, anchored into the fabric of the communities where they serve girls who most need the Girls Inc. Experience.

Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls: the network engages in advocacy at the national, state, and local levels, as appropriate, with a particular focus on the needs of girls from low-income communities and girls who face multiple, intersectional challenges such as those based on sex, race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We are committed to a “girl-centered" advocacy approach that prioritizes the lived experiences of girls in our network and lifts up their voices; we aim to empower girls with the tools necessary to be change agents in their communities and beyond.

Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer: The Girls Inc. Outcomes Measurement Strategy is designed to help us understand and showcase the measurable difference we make in the lives of Girls Inc. girls. Gathering information about outcomes for girls will, over time, meet three important purposes for the Girls Inc. network:
- Mission accomplishment – how well are we working toward the Girls Inc. mission?
- Performance management - how well are we meeting our objectives?
- Evaluation – how do we know that we are having the impact we aspire to have?

Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: The program framework has been established and shared with all affiliates to drive planning.

Girls Inc. will have strong affiliates that are able to consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: the business model has been established and shared with affiliates to bolster planning.

Girls Inc. will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model: 17 affiliates have received more than $3M in investment capital to expand; over the next three years 60 affiliates will receive more than $20M in investment capital.

Girls Inc. will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls: the policy framework has been developed in conjunction with the Girls Advocacy Committee (girls) and Public Policy Committee (adults).

Girls Inc. will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented network and external influencer: Girls Inc. has engaged an outside evaluator to conduct a quasi-experimental study of our aggregate outcomes data.

Financials

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Girls Inc. of The Valley

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melyssa Brown-Porter

Disability Management Services

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data