Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula is part of a national nonprofit organization, which inspires girls age 5-18 to be “strong, smart and bold.” During after school and summer camps, girls participate in social and life skill programs in experiential environments by implementing Girls Inc national research based programs.
The low proportion of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines is very well documented in the literature. There is an even larger disproportionality ratio for African-American women. Therefore, "Girls Leap for Innovative Diversity in Excellence (GLIDE)" project of Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula chapter aims at increasing the participation of pre-college girls in STEM. An early and continuous exposure is known to be a key factor to provide the proper environment and enable a strong interest for girls to pursue an education and a career in STEM disciplines.
Girls who participates in Girls Inc programs experiences enchanced critically thinking skills. Girls are exposed to programs and activities that enables them to make inform decisions that contribute to them growing to their full potential. In turn girls become productive citizens in their communities.