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Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver

At Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, girls learn to value themselves, take risks, and discover & develop their inherent strengths. Through comprehensive whole-girl programs, GIMD equips 2,500 girls each year to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

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College Prep and College Transition Programs

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) will deliver programs and activities that support the college preparation and transition process, by mitigating challenges that contribute to the summer melt for college-intending Latinas in Denver.

GIMD's current college preparation program, supports girls in Denver's urban corridors to: 1) develop long-term educational goals, 2) explore and prepare for post-secondary education (including visits to colleges and universities), 3) prepare for college entrance exams, 4) submit college applications, 5) research and apply for college scholarships, 6) apply for financial aid, and 7) participate in career exploration activities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GIMD was able to serve a total of 600 unduplicated during FY2018 youth through this project. This number also multiplies when we account for the siblings, family members and peers that will benefit from this partnership.

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans - Social Enterprise of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans is a social enterprise coffee business owned and operated by Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Strong, Smart & Bold Beans was founded in March 2015 to give girls the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and small business while creating a means of economic independence.

For the first two-and-a-half years of operation, Strong, Smart & Bold Beans was located at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library - just a block from Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

Strong, Smart & Bold Beans is now located at the new STEAM on the Platte development at 1401 Zuni Street. The coffee shop is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to coffee, espresso beverages and tea, you can now enjoy breakfast sandwiches, grilled paninis, salads, and more at Bold Beans!

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Evidence of Program's Success

To date, Bold Beans has employed 25 girls as Bold Baristas. These girls have completed the GIMD Barista Training Program and worked in hourly positions at the cart during after-school, weekend, and summer hours. To apply for a job, girls must be current GIMD members, have a 2.5 minimum GPA, be at least 15 years old, and complete GIMD's Health & Sexuality course. The average tenure in GIMD programs of a Bold Barista is 5 years. Since its launch, Bold Baristas have worked over 7,000 hours and earned over $75,000 in wages and tips. Ten Bold Baristas have also self-promoted to outside jobs.

As with all GIMD's curriculums, the success of Bold Beans is measured through a series of goals and surveys. Key evaluation results include the following progress made by participants in FY2017:
• 78% of girls report that Bold Beans is their first paid job.
• 89% of girls strongly believe that Bold Beans has prepared them for future work success.
• 80% of girls feel confident securing employment outside of GIMD Denver.
• 90% of girls consider themselves a good employee.
• 90% of girls have a checking account and 78% of girls have a savings account.
• 60% of girls have set and achieved a personal financial goal in the last year.

STEM Programs

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations

Description

GIMD delivers STEM programs to hundreds of girls from the Denver metro area. These programs will provide girls with opportunities to: 1) explore STEM concepts and become exposed to the diversity of learning opportunities in the STEM field, 2) develop positive attitudes and increased interest in STEM subject areas like math and science, 3) gain skills through hands-on activities and real-world learning opportunities, and 4) interact and learn from women and men in STEM careers. All of these vehicles allow girls to explore and aspire to new and exciting things in a supportive all-girls environment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver delivered a successful Eureka! STEM program to 60 middle and high school girls, provided comprehensive STEM summer and after-school programs, and maintained a program retention rate above 90%.

Designed to increase girls' exposure and excitement for STEM concepts, Eureka's long-term goal is to motivate girls to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM fields. The program is five years in length; girls enroll in middle school and continue their participation through high school graduation. The Eureka! program uses a "whole-girl" approach that empowers them to achieve in areas important to their present and future. It also compensates for gender bias and other barriers girls often encounter when pursuing STEM education and careers. Eureka! meets the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional needs of girls through a combination of engaging STEM, sports, personal development and career development activities.

In addition to our Eureka! STEM program, we also provide STEM curriculum to our elementary school and middle school girls during after-school programs.

Youth Center Programs

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Description

GIMD center-based youth programs are for mostly at-risk girls. GIMD delivers after-school and all-day summer programs for girls ages 6-11 on-site at our West Colfax facilities. Congruent with our mission, our youth programs prepare girls to succeed by teaching them skills for making strong, smart, and bold choices. They encourage girls to build self-esteem, enhance academic skills, and explore non-traditional subjects. Our programs are age-appropriate and well balanced, and focus on six programmatic categories: Careers & Life Planning, Health & Sexuality, Leadership & Community Action, Sports & Adventure, Self-Reliance & Life Skills, and Culture & Heritage.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Maria" started coming to Girls Inc. of Metro Denver eight years ago. She first came seeking a place of refuge and safety as she witnessed the murder of her mother when she was just 10 years old. The now 18-year-old credits Girls Inc. for giving her the safe place and encouragement she needed to move past this terrifying life event and look towards her future. She wants to become a small business owner after attending Veterinary School and opening her own Veterinary practice, with the end goal of being able to contribute financially and mentoring to her Girls Inc. family.

Educational Enrichment

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

GIMD's after-school Education Enrichment programs will be offered to approximately 250 girls ages 6-18 who enroll in programs at our West Denver Center. All of these girls will participate in one or more Educational Enrichment activity. Girls Inc. Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) � is the core of the GIMD Educational Enrichment program. It is a series of age-based, hands-on discovery programs created to engage girls in math, science and computer technology. Designed by our national organization & based on original research, this innovative curriculum encourages girls to experiment, learn from mistakes, build things and take them apart, & master challenges.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Program activities and experiences expand on and support girls' school-based learning and engagement that leads to: 1) improved school engagement; 2) improved school performance; 3) setting personal, educational, and career goals; and 4) establishing educational aspirations beyond high school. Program design and delivery utilizes a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach that supports the fundamental developmental needs of the girls served. At GIMD, these strategies include: a physically, socially, and emotionally safe space; clear and consistent expectations; supportive adult and peer relationships; authentic and relevant leadership opportunities; skill-building activities; and intentional learning opportunities.

• 86% of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade girls have a plan in place that includes post-secondary education
• 91% of 12th grade girls completed a first year college budget including expected income, expenses, savable and spendable amounts

Healthy Girl Initiative

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Healthy Girl Initiative is a cluster of researched-based programs that provide critical health education that our mostly at-risk 9 to 18 year-old girls don't often elsewhere. They impact girls' health and well-being by teaching them how to cultivate healthy lifestyles, enhance physical safety, develop a healthy and positive body image, and prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.
Specific programs include:
Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion�, Girls' Groups, Goddess Girls, Girls Inc. My Girlfriend Zelda�, Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy� (P.A.P.), & Girls Inc. Project BOLD�.
In addition to being offered in our Center, these programs are also delivered through our Outreach Program to community partners, schools and agencies that work with youth throughout the Denver-metro area in at-risk areas where teen pregnancy, violence, drugs and the spread of STDsHIV pose a serious threat.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Reflections from a Girls Inc. community educator about Outreach Programs:
Our Healthy Relationships & Dating Abuse workshop is extremely popular in the high school setting. I've had comments like "I will be more patient and be organized with my thoughts and make good decisions that won't give me more problems" and "The Healthy Relationships workshop was the best because it gives you a better look at how people or guys treat you and it helps you see things. It's important because I've been in a lot of bad ones (relationships)." I find it interesting that whenever I ask girls (particularly high school girls) if they know what assertiveness means they cannot define it.

Girls who have participated in our programming at Adams City Middle School tend to not need the guidance counselors as much to solve their problems because they gain insight and applicable skills through our classes. Many of these girls have sought out leadership opportunities since classes ended.

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