Youth Development

GIRLS INC. OF HOLYOKE

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

aka Girls Inc. of Holyoke

Holyoke, MA

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

1982

Executive Director

Suzanne Parker

Main Address

PO Box 6812

Holyoke, MA 01041 USA

Keywords

girls, youth, STEAM, STEM, literacy, women's organization, equitable society, equal rights, girls clubs, children, gender, equality, education, women

EIN

04-2748244

 Number

4095979078

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

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

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STEAM

Elementary School Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

At-risk youth

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.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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. has been steadily working over the past five years to build a strong platform to achieve better outcomes for girls. Between 2011 and 2015, the Girls Inc. network unified around a comprehensive program and outcomes framework and increased both the number of girls served and the revenues raised to support its work. Girls Inc. is now prepared to build on these accomplishments and leverage its network and brand to accomplish its strategic priorities, accelerate growth in the next five years, and set the organization on a positive path beyond 2020.

Success will be measured in the strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent) outcomes achieved with each girl served, the level of comprehensive programming at 100,000 girls by end of the plan period, a total revenue raised of $116 million, 10,000 active advocates, and 35% brand awareness. The size of Girls Inc. will have expanded and the quality of the network strengthened. Girls Inc. will then be positioned for the next round of capital infusion and organizational growth, achieving the Bold Goal of reaching 250,000 girls with the proven comprehensive Girls Inc. model by 2030.

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.

External Reviews

Financials

GIRLS INC. OF HOLYOKE

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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