Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) is an award-winning program that serves an ethnically and economically diverse population of girls, ages 6-18, in a safe and supportive environment.
Since 1964, we have empowered more than 30,000 girls in the city of Alameda to realize their potential as fearless, goal-oriented young women. Our research-based programming focuses on the development of the whole girl.
Over 600 girls annually are provided access to our programs based on a sliding fee scale that takes into account their families’ financial needs. We extend the numbers of girls served through collaborations with other local community-based organizations and schools.
Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe. Girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations to help realize successful frameworks for their futures.
GIIC provides programming that helps girls and young women develop skills in the following areas: Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); reading, writing, and economic literacy; art, music, and drama; nutritional, physical, social and emotional health and wellness; college and career preparation; positive image and identity; and leadership and life skills.
As the Alameda affiliate of the national nonprofit, Girls Inc., we have been the pilot site for several cutting-edge programs offered by Girls Inc. National and we have also developed unique programs that are now used by other Girls Inc. affiliates throughout the country. Visit our Programs page to learn more.
In addition to our girls-only program, we operate Alameda Island Kids, a before and after school state-licensed childcare service at five elementary schools in Alameda.