Youth Development

Just For Girls

Together, We're Helping Girls Achieve Their Full Potential!

aka Just for Girls

BRADENTON, FL

Mission

To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles, to seek a better education, to secure meaningful and financially-equitable employment, and to become responsible and caring members of our society.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are proud of our 50-year history of service to our communities, and honored to be a part of the Guidestar family of nonprofits. Just for Girls is an advocate of proper stewardship and transparency, and we invite any and all members of our community to schedule a tour at one of our Leadership and Learning Centers to learn more about JFG and the remarkable results we're achieving.

Ruling Year

1969

CEO

Becky Canesse

Main Address

3809 59th Street West

BRADENTON, FL 34209 USA

Keywords

girls, women, education, prevention, scholarships, charter school, animal therapy, children

EIN

59-1271332

 Number

6594464216

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Girls Clubs (O22)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The percentage of children living in low-income families has been on the rise in the southeast region of the U.S., increasing from 39% in 2008 to 48% in 2015. The poverty rate for a single female head of household is up to 69%, and a large body of research illustrates the profound negative effects of poverty on girls as they complete less schooling, work and earn less as adults, are more likely to receive public assistance, and have poorer health. There is a strong connection between economic advantage and education, proving that equitable academic resources and opportunities can level the playing field between childhood poverty and adult prosperity.

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

Girls Stepping Up to Success

Just for Girls Middle

Just for Girls Elementary

Prevention, Education, and Intervention

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 students showing improvement in test scores

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Elementary

Context notes

Combined totals for K-5th (JFG Elementary) and 6th-8th (JFG Middle) students who completed Florida State Assessments in reading, language arts, and math at beginning, middle, and end of year.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Elementary

Context notes

Students who indicated interest in after school or non-school related STEM subjects and activities.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Elementary

Context notes

Combined and averaged totals for JFG Elementary and JFG Middle.

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Prevention, Education, and Intervention

Context notes

Includes ESE, ESOL and non-English speaking households who have improved language arts, developed or maintained the ability to communicate effectively.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Girls Stepping Up to Success

Context notes

As measured by character development curriculum, which includes study habits, attitudes towards learning, empathy, resilience, and observable behaviors.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Elementary

Context notes

Chronic absenteeism reduced by 77%, and an overall attendance increase of 82% with 50% of JFGE and JFGM students achieving 96-100% attendance for the year.

Number of full-time equivalent students per full-time faculty member

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Middle

Context notes

JFG Middle only. Ratios never exceed 10 students per full-time faculty member. Enrollment is capped at 50 students for this program.

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Prevention, Education, and Intervention

Context notes

As measured with beginning and end of year Florida State Assessments.

Number of student behavioral issues reported

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Elementary

Context notes

As measured by teacher and administrator referrals, parent reporting, or classroom disruptions.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Prevention, Education, and Intervention

Context notes

As reflected by average daily attendance rates for JFGE and JFGM combined.

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Just for Girls Middle

Context notes

As measured by weekly parent engagement, progress reports, parent/teacher conferences, and parent participation in PSI (Parent Support Initiatives) including workshops with industry professionals.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Prevention, Education, and Intervention

Context notes

Includes all unduplicated enrollments at all 3 centers in all programs: before/after school, summer, JFG Elementary and JFG Middle.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Girls Stepping Up to Success

Context notes

Measuring all regularly attending before/after school and summer programs with pre, mid, and post-assessments using KidzLit and Center for the Collaborative Classroom curriculum.

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?

The primary goal of Just for Girls is to help girls reach their full potential by using education to level the playing field. According to Britain's Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, if women's level of employment matched men's over the next 15 years, the GDP would increase by 12% worldwide. Just for Girls envisions a world where today's young girls grow up feeling safe, capable, and smart, having developed self-respect and confidence so they keep themselves healthy and are inspired to achieve academically. Reaching one girl at a time, JFG seeks to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen our communities for generations to come. Together, with our donors and partners, we can lift young women from poverty to prosperity as an impetus to extreme and far-reaching socioeconomic transformation.

Just for Girls addresses poverty from an educational perspective with the belief that extraordinary academic experiences go a long way toward closing the achievement gap. Our strategies include: --Helping girls develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors that will enable them to successfully pursue educational achievement. --Reaching girls when they are forming their habits, values, and attitudes. --Promoting opportunities for females in the classroom, the workplace, and in personal relationships. --Helping girls to build confidence and efficacy. --Reducing high risk behaviors such as substance abuse, promiscuity, low self-esteem, and violence by promoting healthy choices, proper decision-making skills, and positive attitudes. --Assisting students in finding the courage and determination to redirect their lives; to change, redefine, and become who they want to be.

Just for Girls has been serving generations of young women for almost 50 years. With three Leadership and Learning Centers and two academic branches, Just for Girls has consistently improved and expanded their comprehensive, wraparound services through before and after school time and summer programs. Recent awards include: "Promising Programs and Strategies" from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Prevention, "Shining Stars - Prevention Programs That Work" from the U.S. Dept. of Education's Drug-Free Schools Recognition Program, "Top-Ranked Agency Providing Child Care Services in Manatee County" from the University of South Florida's Dept. of Education, "Governor's Substance Abuse Best Practices Award" from the FL Dept. of Children and Families and the FL Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, "Youth and Children's Services Nonprofit of the Year 2014" from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and the "Model Schools Silver Award for 2015-2016" from Florida's Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support Project.

Girls enrolled at JFG Elementary outperformed the Manatee County School District in 8 of 12 progress measures. State Assessment scores show stronger achievements from JFG alumni in every grade. 1st Grade: alumni scored an average of 10% higher than new students, 2nd grade: 1% higher, and 3rd grade: 5% higher. Girls enrolled at JFG Middle illustrated 12-18 months of learning gains in math and language arts in a 9 month period, which is indicative of accelerated learning models and superior information retention. Girls enrolled in JFG's before and after school programs showed 96% of regularly attending members maintained or increased their reading levels during out of school time, ameliorating learning loss that is typically expected during long summer breaks. In addition to academic progress measures, JFG documents results in knowledge and understanding of prevention curriculum that includes substance abuse, violence, pregnancy, and measures the reduction of risk factors through a comprehensive self-esteem index and pre/post program questionnaires designed by the Department of Juvenile Justice in cooperation with prevention, intervention, and redirection-based programs.

Just for Girls has enjoyed expansion to 3 Leadership and Learning Centers and measurable results that include reaching and exceeding projected benchmarks of 80% or more achieving improved reading and math skills, 80% or more achievement in increased empathy and teamwork indicators, 80% or more achievement in increased school commitment, 85% achievement in drug and alcohol prevention, 90% or more achievement in identifying and understanding risk factors for harmful behaviors, and 100% achievement in pregnancy prevention.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

U.S. Green Building Council

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Financials

Just For Girls

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We collect general demographic information for our board and staff on a voluntary basis, which can be used to track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories. JFG staff is as demographically diverse as the communities we serve, and JFG experiences a very low rate of staff turnover with an average tenure of 8.5 years. JFG does not discriminate on the basis of or track the success measures of students based on racial or cultural background. JFG does not discriminate on the basis of, or track, income levels of board members. JFG does obtain family income information as it pertains to scholarship needs for impoverished students or Title I eligibility for JFG Elementary and JFG Middle students. JFG does record and track predictive student risk factors across 12 environmental, demographic, and behavioral domains through assessments developed in cooperation with the US Department of Juvenile Justice.