Local chapter of national organization strives to inspire girls
Girls Inc. of Chicago was founded in 2017 as the local chapter of Girls Inc, a national organization that was founded in 1865. The mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, which is done through direct advocacy.
Girls Inc. of Chicago serves 800 girls across six schools: Ruggles, Clay, Aldridge, Langston Hughes, Arthur A. Libby and
Mildred Lavizzo. At those schools, Girls Inc. of Chicago’s programs take place Monday- Thursday.
to meet with high achieving women. Through the citywide program, Girls Inc of Chicago provides leadership, entrepreneurship and advocacy training.
shaped her personal, professional and career trajectory was
attending selective enrollment schools. It has provided her with a different set of educational experiences.
to opportunities. So, I’ve really been driven to do something about that and to provide and to pour into youth,” Mason said. A lot of the girls come from working class households and engaging with high achieving women, especially women of color, inspires them he added. It enables those young girls to connect what they’re doing in the classroom with their future careers, which expands those girls’ horizons and closes the opportunity gap.
with their personal values; thinking about what they personally value and the future they want to have as independent young women,” Mason said.
as adults at an early age. Girls Inc. of Chicago provides opportunities for the girls in the program to express themselves, learn how to cope with stress and how to get along with other girls. The hope is the girls in the program are inspired to live up to their full potential, as well as break down gender and racial stereotypes that can be limiting to them.
beauty and STEM sciences. Girls Inc. of Chicago also hosts
a summer camp, for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. The camp runs from June 26th to Aug. 3rd. The camp will feature golf lessons through First Tee and dance lessons
through the Joffrey Ballet.
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