Afterschool Program

Girls Inc. of Lakeland offers the only daily after school program solely for girls in West Polk County.  Girls in grades K-12 may enroll in Girls Inc. We have centers in Lakeland and in Bartow.

Summer Camp Program

The summer program is open to girls who will enroll in grades 1st-12th for the upcoming school year.  Space is limited, so applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.  Summer camp includes fun and educational activities, including field trips, swimming lessons and our regular programs.  Lunches are provided by the Polk County School Board or the girls may bring a lunch from home.  Stay tuned for the 2018 summer camp dates.

Girls Inc. Curriculum

ECONOMIC
LITERACY

Girls learn about money and the economy, including how to manage, invest, and save money and how to help others through philanthropy. As girls explore how the economy affects everyone locally and globally, they develop skills critical to being financially savvy and to becoming economically independent adults.

LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY ACTION

Girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. With support from women in their community, girls celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and social change agents and realize their own power as community resources and trustees of the common good.

MEDIA
LITERACY

Girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women. They learn to analyze what they see and hear in the media and advocate change in news, entertainment and advertising. As girls create media that is more realistic and reflective of their lives, they learn about careers and the positive use of media.

OPERATION
SMART

Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.

PREVENTING ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY

Girls acquire the knowledge and skills for taking charge of and making informed decisions about their sexual health. Exploring values, practicing responses in different situations, and thinking about their futures help girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy and prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

PROJECT
BOLD

Girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence. Older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls.

SPORTING
CHANCE

Girls build a foundation for enjoying physical activity, sports, and adventure throughout their lives. As girls develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, and healthy habits, they experience the benefits and excitement of taking positive risks that bolster their self-confidence and personal growth.

HOMEWORK
HELP

Girls are provided an opportunity to do their homework so that it is completed when they are picked up from the after school program.  The girls have access to computers and netbooks in a monitored environment for those assignments requiring such technology or research.

TUTORIAL
PROGRAM

Tutoring services are available daily for girls who are performing below grade level in reading and/or math. We measure each girl’s progress through Star, a research-based assessment tool that evaluates, monitors and benchmarks progress made over the school year. Our goal is that by participating in the tutorial program, girls will improve a grade level or more in reading and/or math over the course of the school year. 

WOMEN ON
THE MOVE

Girls are exposed to the various traditional and non-traditional careers that are available to them in the work place. Various women from the community share their career and life story and successes with the girls while encouraging them to establish their career goals and work hard to achieve them.

EAGER TO
SERVE VISTE

This program fosters girls’ skills in service to their community while establishing intergenerational relationships. Girls prepare and deliver hot meals to clients of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly on a weekly basis.

PRODIGY CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAM
"Transforming Young Lives"

The program is a research proven, diversion, intervention and prevention program that provides a safe environment where youth ages 7-17 learn effective communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills through visual and performing arts. Dance and culinary art classes are available based on the location.