Girls Incorporated of Orange County

Empowered Girls in an Equitable Society

aka Girls Inc.   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  www.girlsinc-oc.org

Mission

Mission - Girls Incorporated of Orange County inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
 
Vision - Empowered Girls in an Equitable Society

Ruling year info

1959

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lucy Santana-Ornelas

Main address

1801 E, Edinger, Suite 255-A

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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EIN

95-1810150

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Girls today face profound challenges. They face challenges to their mental health, safety, and in attaining equity in educational and workplace opportunities. Girls of color face even greater obstacles. One in six girls in the United States will not finish high school. One in four girls experiences sexual abuse or assault before age 17. More than one in 20 teen girls becomes pregnant each year. Seven out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends. One in four girls falls into a clinical diagnosis including depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental disorders. Clearly, girls are not getting the message that they are important and they do have the right to equal opportunities in education and the workplace. Girls Inc. addresses the systematic barriers that hold girls back. Girls Inc. offers the people, place, and programs that help girls succeed.

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?

Eureka!

In a typical day at Eureka!,
a girl might start the day with a career panel, then go swimming at the college
pool facilities. After lunch she could choose to participate in a
filmmaking class or in mock interviews. She might conclude the day in a
class doing a science experiment that teaches her about DNA. There are
four program/activity periods during the day.  Throughout the day to keep
the mind and body sharp, there are 10-15 minute walks between activities. Eureka! – in its 20th year, is 50% STEM, 25% health and wellness, and 25% life skills. This four-week, 170-hour, summer program provides an intense Girls Inc. experience. The program is always at a local college, allowing girls to get an on-campus experience. GIOC will increase the program from 90 to 135 girls over the next two years.

Population(s) Served

mso-fareast-language:DA">College Bound offers: college readiness (course planning, scholarship and
financial aid research, testing preparation, mentoring, and college visits), life skills (to navigate through risky
behaviors that can lead to unhealthy and/or unsafe relationships, poor self-esteem,
sound body image, lack of confidence, and health and wellness), workforce readiness (career panels,
mock interviews, office etiquette and dress, public speaking, team building,
tours of various workplaces, and externships
(training and a summer job placement). College Bound programming starts with girls in middle school and they are able to participate in the program until they graduate from high school. High school seniors are able to sign up for mentors that will follow them through their college careers. The externship program offers yearlong training for a four-week summer placement. College Bound will serve 250 girls with after-school programming and a summer program on a college campus.

Population(s) Served

Literacy Lab was created to ensure that underserved girls achieve grade-level reading proficiency by the third grade. To achieve this goal, Girls Inc. will partner with the NMUSD (Newport Mesa Unified School District) to offer Literacy Lab to, 150, K-3rd-grade girls. The program is divided into three 10-week sessions during the school year, giving participants 60 hours of programming. They receive small group literacy training and engaging group activities. There is one staff member for every group of 15 girls and four volunteers for each group (as many as 75 volunteers participate throughout the year). Girls are placed in small groups of 3-4 according to their reading levels. Each program unit aligns with the Core Standards at each grade level and follows the district's timeline matching these standards. A highlight of the program is a series of family literacy nights.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Orange County Business Council 2011

United Way Member Agency 1987

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 children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Eureka!

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Girls Inc. has shifted focus from serving more girls to increasing the hours that each girl receives. In the long-term, girls are getting more of the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Girls Inc. has shifted focus from serving more girls to increasing the hours that each girl receives. In the long-term, girls are getting more of the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

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.

The mission of Girls Incorporated of Orange County is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Our vision: Empowered Girls in an Equitable Society

Girls Inc. programs are research-based and holistic in nature. Program goals are:

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

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

To avoid the risky behaviors that could derail plans and goals;

To develop skills that will help them avoid drugs, alcohol, and involvement with gangs; and

To set goals for their own future that build on their strengths, talents, and abilities.

Girls Inc. believes in starting early and staying late. Girls enter the program as early as age five and continue through middle and high school with programs that empower the to succeed academically, develop lifelong healthy habits, and to seek higher education and rewarding careers. Girls Inc. takes programs to were girls are at their schools, community centers, other non-profit organizations, and in juvenile court.

Programs are offered after-school and during the critical summer months.

Though Girls Inc. programs apply to all girls, Girls Inc. has traditionally used its resources to serve the most at-risk and underserved girls and communities.

At Girls Inc., we put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that is build on six essential elements.

1. A pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe and confirms that girls can succeed and deserve to be taken seriously for the persons they are now and the women they will become;

2. Mentoring relationships with adult staff and volunteers trained in an approach that is grounded in a belief in girls' rights and abilities;

3. Holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focused on girls' needs and that provides exposure to a wide variety of experiences and options that girls might not have experienced otherwise;

4. Relevant, field-tested, and research-based curricula that confront the serious needs of girls while building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable girls to be competent, confident individuals and adult women;

5. Girl-centered, motivating, deliberate, and interactive activities that develop and promote girls' strengths.

6. Sustained exposure to programming and connection with a girl over time to increase positive outcomes and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

Girls Inc. of Orange County is part of a strong national organization. Nationally, Girls Inc. is the oldest girl-serving organization in the nation. Since First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, every First Lady since has served as the volunteer Chair of our organization. Locally, Girls Inc. was established in Orange County in 1954 giving us 65 years of experience in working with Orange County girls. Girls Inc. also has a national research center that helps develop programming and does research on how to serve girls in our changing and complex society.

The Girls Inc. management team (Chief Executive Officer, Director of Program Services, Director of Volunteer Services, and Director of Operation Services) has 78 years of experience with program management, financial management, and fund development.

Girls Inc. staffs programs with real educators. They are chosen because of their passion for working with girls, their skills in group dynamics, organizational skills, knowledge of child development, creativity, and enthusiasm with a sense of fun. These amazing team members are daily mentors and role models. Hiring practices

In addition to a dedicated and experienced staff, Girls Inc. is able to serve more girls because of a robust volunteer program. In 2018, Girls Inc. had over 650 volunteers who gave over 15,000 hours of service.

Girls Inc. is involved in numerous community partnerships. Girls Inc. has a strong 20-year partnership with the Newport Mesa Unified School System. Programs are offered in elementary (early literacy), middle (STEM), and high school (College Bound). Programs are offered during and after class. Girls Inc. is one of the funded agencies of the ACT (Accelerating Change Together) Anaheim Collaborative. Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim is a collaboration among business, community, ​and nonprofit leaders addressing gaps in services for at-risk youth. Girls Inc. was chosen as one of four non-profits (4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and YMCA of USA) to participate in a national movement, Imagine Science (funded by the Noyce Foundation) to expand STEM programming to middle and high school students. Girls Incorporated of Orange County is one of three affiliates nationwide to participate in this project. Girls Inc. partners with Hoag Hospital and the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living (MHSCHL) to provide Girls Inc. programming to children while their parents receive needed services such as medical, counseling, housing, legal, and other services.

Girls Inc. has established a 12-year experience that served over 4,500 girls at 46 program sites in 2018. Programs were offered after-school and in the summer. Girls Inc. has established:

1. An early literacy program for elementary school girls that takes places during class time and offers small group reading, literacy games and activities, family literacy nights throughout the year, and heavy volunteer participation. This program is currently a partner with the Newport Mesa Unified School District.

2. The Eureka! summer camp for middle and high school girls that takes place on a college campus. The program consists of STEM (50%), Health and Wellness (25%), and Life Skills (25%).

3. A summer "on the job" externship program with some of Orange County's premier corporations and organizations (Hoag Hospital, Human Options, Allergan, and Edwards Lifesciences). The program also includes year round workforce readiness workshops and a full week (on a college campus) of readiness training before the summer placement.

4. A community partnership with Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, and the YMCA to offer Imagine Science to get more Orange County youth engaged in STEM programs and interested in STEM-based careers.

Girls Inc. has developed many strong community partnerships with corporate partners, local colleges and universities, school districts, and other non-profit organizations.

To keep these needed and proven programs operating and even growing each year, new and continued funding has​ to be secured. Girls Inc. is embarking on a five-year campaign to set up a fund to help sustain programs and keep programs stable despite changes in local funding, funding trends, and other external factors. It is the organization's goals to build a fund large enough to sustain programs during difficult economic times and also to ensure enough growth to meet community needs. Girls Inc. is at the beginning of this process and is planning for the next five years.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Girls Incorporated of Orange County

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Janet Michels

Community Leader

Term: 2019 - 2019

Janet Michels

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/16/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.