Youth Development

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

aka Girls Inc. Westchester

White Plains, NY

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 lasting, mentoring relationships in pro-girl spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Ruling Year

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Catherine M. Lepone

Main Address

901 N Broadway, Suite 6

White Plains, NY 10603 USA

Keywords

girls, youth, gender, equal rights, education, young women, youth leadership, STEM, life skills, economic literacy, college preparation, mentors, pregnancy prevention

EIN

04-3831108

 Number

1455784509

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girls Clubs (O22)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. • 1 in 4 girls experiences sexual abuse or assault by age 17 • 1 in 6 girls won’t finish high school • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10-24 • Over 1 in 20 teen girls becomes pregnant each year • 78% of high school girls report being unhappy with their bodies 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.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thinking Smart STEM Program

Girls Go Forward Together: College & Career Readiness Program

Girls Leadership Council

Healthy Sexuality

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of girls reached via participation in 1 or more program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

At-risk youth

Number of girls served in STEM programming

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

At-risk youth

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals in an all-girl environment, equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Specifically, Girls Inc. embraces the following program goals are for girls to:

-Improve academic skills and attitudes towards school, graduate from high school and consider higher education as a means to economic and personal independence;

-Understand the restrictions of gender stereotypes and develop the confidence to overcome them when seeking opportunities to enhance their lives;

-Avoid the risky behaviors that could derail plans and goals;

-Develop skills that will help them avoid drugs, alcohol, and other risky behaviors; and,

-Set goals for their own future that build on their strengths, talents, and abilities.

The Girls Inc. Experience helps girls to grow up:

Strong: Girls gain knowledge to embrace physical activity, positive body image, and nutrition while decreasing or delaying substance use and risky sexual activity.

Smart: Girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, and aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.

Bold: Girls build life skills to set and achieve goals and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives.

As we embark on a new strategic direction, building from our current position of strength, our goals for the future include:

- Girls Inc. Westchester's program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls.

- Girls Inc. Westchester will grow the number of girls served with the Girls Inc. experience, with emphasis on girls aged 9-18 from underserved communities.

- Girls Inc. Westchester' will expand its impact by strategically identifying the key topical issues to pursue in our Community, and advance Girls Inc. Westchester values and program priorities through public activism in those areas, advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls.

- Girls Inc. Westchester will have the necessary resources, systems, and supports to be a data-driven and performance oriented organization and external influencer.

Girls Inc. Westchester program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: we will reach girls with an intensive, holistic approach that is distinctive to Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. Westchester will consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: we will 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. Westchester will grow the number of low income girls served with the Girls Inc. program model: we are recognized experts in our area, anchored into the fabric of the communities where we serve girls who most need the Girls Inc. Experience.

Girls Inc. Westchester will expand its impact by becoming a leading advocate for advancing the rights and opportunities for all girls: as part of the Girls Inc. network, we engage 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. Westchester 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:

- 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. Westchester 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. Westchester 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 300 girls by end of the plan period, and a 6% increase in revenue year over year.

Girls Inc. utilizes needs assessments and pre- and post-tests to determine each program's impact. Results are measured against agency goals of continued excellence in programming.

Girls Inc. Westchester is one of several Girls Inc. affiliates across the country participating in the Strong Smart and Bold Outcomes Survey (SSBOS), an evaluation program developed in partnership with Child Trends, a leading youth development research firm. The survey captures information on girls in the areas of Healthy Living (Strong), Academic Enrichment and Support (Smart), and Life Skills Instruction (Bold). It also provides valuable feedback from girls about their perceptions of and experiences at Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. program framework will effectively deliver desired outcomes for girls: The program framework has been established and drives planning.

Girls Inc. Westchester will consistently deliver a high-quality Girls Inc. Experience: the business model has been established and bolsters planning.

In 2014, Girls Inc. Westchester partnered with New Rochelle High School to create the first school-based, girls' safe space in Westchester.

In 2015 we formally implemented the Latina Initiative to address the needs of Latinas aged 9 to 18, with the goal of increasing the number of Latina girls served and increasing the sensitivity to Latinas in all Girls Inc. efforts. Outreach materials and components of our curricula have been adapted into Spanish to more effectively reach the Latina/o community — the fastest growing minority group in the United States.

In 2016, we reached more girls than ever before. We have developed many strong community partnerships with corporate partners, local colleges and universities, school districts, and other non-profit organizations.

In 2017 our Board of Directors ratified a three-year strategic plan that articulates our organizational vision, values, and serves as a road map to meeting the Girls Inc. National strategic goal of increasing the number of girls served with impact in low-income communities. Our Board also finalized a succession plan for Board Officers through June 2020 to certify that all positions are filled, and in-coming officers are trained by their successors.

External Reviews

Financials

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No