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Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta

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Mission

To inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Who Do You Serve?

Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta serves girls ages 6 to 18 mainly in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Dekalb counties. We strive to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold; accordingly, our girls represent a wide variety of backgrounds. Recently, we have focused on working with historically under-served and represented populations. Over 50% of our girls come from single-parent homes, with an average yearly income below $25,000.

Brief History

It all began with a tragic incident in Cobb County, in 1973. That year, a 9 year old Cobb County girl, Debbie Randall, was abducted. She was found 2 weeks later, raped and murdered. Her misfortune stemmed from a lack of a safe, after-school environment for girls in her area. At the time, the most popular place to be during non-school hours was the local Laundromat. Having decided that this was unacceptable, Irma Glover and Joyce Dunaway Parker appealed to the Marietta City Council to provide a safe place for girls in the form of the Marietta Girls Club. The Cobb County Commission then helped the Club acquire land in the Larry Bell Civic Center Complex, where the Cobb-Marietta Center still resides today.

Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta was reorganized in 1998/99 when two outstanding programs, Girls Incorporated of Cobb County and Girls Incorporated- Urban Girls Initiative/Atlanta, were combined. The Urban Girls Initiative, a national program designed by Girls Incorporated and piloted in four major national cities, was created to address the special needs of under-served girls in inner city settings.

As Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, the organization has turned its attention to the needs of girls in the greater Atlanta area. With an aggressive goal to reach and serve girls in all 13 metro Atlanta counties over the next few years, Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta has positioned itself as a leading organization that addresses the needs of girls between the ages of 6 and 18, from low and moderate income families, who seek safe and creative programs to improve their life outcomes.

It is the expressed mission of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta to “Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.” We envision reaching this goal by becoming the premier organization that helps girls to realize their potential and exercise their rights.

Proudest Accomplishment

No other national organization is doing what Girls Inc. does: empowering young women from Kindergarten through High School to overcome serious gender, economic, and social barriers, forge their paths and achieve their own success. Through our intentional and compensatory programs, we are building a financially stable, competent and empowered generation of girls.

Greatest Need

Strong, smart, bold volunteers to help the girls with homework and in the classrooms, encouraging them to look towards a bright future. We also rely on the financial contribution of generous individuals, corporations and foundations to serve girls each day. Your contribution at any level helps us to build a a financially stable, competent and empowered generation of girls.

Future Plans

With an aggressive goal to reach and serve girls in all 13 metro Atlanta counties over the next few years, Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta has positioned itself as a leading organization that addresses the needs of girls between the ages of 6 and 18, from low and moderate income families, who seek safe and creative programs to improve their life outcomes.

It is the expressed mission of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta to “Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.” We envision reaching this goal by becoming the premier organization that helps girls to realize their potential and exercise their rights.

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