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.

Our Vision


Our vision for society is empowered girls and an equitable society.

Our vision for the organization is to be recognized as the premier organization that empowers all girls to realize their potential and exercise their rights.

Our Mission


Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold(SM) through innovative programs, activities, and advocacy and to provide before and after school child care services supporting youth and their families through Alameda Island Kids.

Our Values


Our values are to:

  • Respect the dignity of each human being
  • Recognize and support the strength in every girl
  • Appreciate, embrace and value diversity
  • Strive for results anchored in accountability
  • Operate collaboratively

Leadership

Our leadership is dedicated to assuring high-impact services for a growing number of girls and expansion of our advocacy efforts. We set bold goals and a clear strategic direction in partnership with local organizations and our national leadership.

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Our History

Girls Inc. was founded in 1864. Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific challenges facing young women. Although times have changed, Girls Inc. has always been and will always be about girls.

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