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Since its founding in 1964, Girls Incorporated of the Island City has provided youth development services geared specifically for girls in Alameda.

As the Alameda affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Girls Inc., we are able to offer the most current research-based programs to the girls and families we serve. These curricula, delivered by trained mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and, discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

We serve over 600 girls annually, ages 6-18. These girls represent the diversity of families living in Alameda and 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.

Girls Inc. of the Island City has been the pilot site for several cutting edge programs offered by Girls Inc. National and has also developed unique programs that are now used by other Girls Inc. affiliates throughout the country. Visit the Programs page to learn more.

In addition to our girls-only programs, we operate Alameda Island Kids, a before and after school state-licensed childcare service at six elementary schools in Alameda.

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 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 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

Our Herstory

In April 1964, a group of concerned citizens founded a program for girls and incorporated it as Alameda Girls' Club. The doors officially opened October 28, 1964. Since then, there have been many milestones to celebrate.

Here are some of the highlights:

1964-1973, A place to Call their Own
At the time, there were no opportunities for girls in Alameda similar to those offered to boys. The Girls' Club responded to this need, fostering the character development of all girls through a program of educational, vocational, health, social, and recreational activities.

1974-1983, Preparing Girls for Bold Futures
In response to the powerful challenges of the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the flood of women entering the workforce, and the adolescent turbulence of the time, activities changed to prepare girls for very different adulthoods.

1984-1993, Going Places
For the first time, groundbreaking, research-based National programs were implemented to ensure that the organization was the best equipped to address girls' issues.

1994-2003, Best Foot Forward
In addition to innovative programs, Girls Inc. provided girls with new opportunities to grow and gave them the tools they needed to avoid or overcome obstacles to their success.

2004-Present, Positioned for the Future
As we look to the next 50 years and beyond, our goal is to make sure that every girl in Alameda has access to our enriching programming and support services.

To find out more about the history of Girls Inc. nationally, visit the National Girls Inc. History page.