Girls Incorporated of the Island City’s elementary after school programs for girls, grades 1-5, are structured to meet the needs of developing girls. Programs are delivered in three sessions: fall, winter, and spring, by staff that is trained specifically to create learning environments that support the way girls learn and build their self-confidence. Programming curricula for each session will be based on the theme, “Inspiring all Girls to be Strong, Smart, and Boldsm.” Programming curricula is segmented by developmental age groups and is based on National research and testing.

The Elementary Girls Program is offered Monday-Friday, 2:50-6:00 pm, except Wednesday when programming begins at 1:50 pm. Girls do not need to be enrolled in Alameda schools to attend our programs. We provide supervised walking transportation to Girls Inc. of the Island City from the following schools (rain or shine): Franklin, Love (formerly known as Haight), and Maya Lin. And we provide van transportation to Girls Inc. of the Island City from the following schools: Ruby Bridges, Paden, and NEA.

Volunteer: Our Elementary programs have opportunities for volunteers to work with girls in grades 1-5 during the school year. Visit our volunteer page to see how you can help us!

2019-2020 Registration Information

Enrollment is for individual sessions (fall, winter, spring) and fees are based on a sliding-scale model, which takes into account our families’ financial needs.

Registration for the 2019-20 school year will be done by appointment only. We are currently full at Love and Maya schools. There is limited space for Franklin, Nea, Paden, and Ruby Bridges schools. Please contact Director of Elementary Programs, Natalie Duarte to schedule your registration appointment, to be placed on the wait list, or with further questions.

For more information, download the Printable Registration Forms,  Fee Table and Payment Plan, and FAQ Sheet.

FALL

(August – December)

Inspiring all girls to be BOLD


We strive for our girls to be bold in action, to be aware of the world around them, to be fearless leaders, and to stand out because of their great ideas. To help them achieve these goals, curriculum for our fall session will focus on self-reliance and life skills, a core area identified as critical to addressing the challenges faced by all girls.

WINTER

(January – March)

Inspiring all girls to be SMART


Too many girls still get the message that math and science are not for them. Curriculum for our winter session is designed to develop girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with fun, experimental activities in a supportive, all-girl environment.

SPRING

(April – June)

Inspiring all girls to be STRONG


We believe it is critical for girls to be in charge of their bodies and sustain a healthy, positive sense of self. As such, we designed our curriculum for the spring semester to incorporate a “whole health” care model for the girls we serve. Regular physical activity is interwoven with activities that promote nutrition, healthy eating, effective stress management, and positive body image.

School-Based Programs

GIRLStart Literacy and Operation Smart are offered after school five days a week. GIRLStart focuses on phonics, read-alouds, and other hands-on, minds-on literacy projects for first and second grade girls. Operation Smart – which stands for Science, Math, and Relevant Technology – is for fourth and fifth graders. For school site information, please contact Lindsay Hopkins.

GEMS (Girls. Empowerment. Mentoring. Support.) is offered at Bay Farm, Earhart, Edison, Franklin, Love, Maya Lin, Otis, Paden, and Ruby Bridges. The program is designed specifically for girls in Alameda Unified School District schools and focuses on social emotional learning, academic success, building healthy relationships, anti-bullying, leadership, and developing confidence and self-esteem. GEMS is a one hour, once per week program offered during the school day and is led by one of our Girls Inc.of the Island City facilitators. Registration for GEMS is done at the girl’s school site. For more information, contact Lindsay Hopkins.