United Starts with You and Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of Central Alabama has provided gender-specific programs for school-age girls of diverse racial and economic backgrounds in the Birmingham area since 1938.  Across the decades, Girls Inc. adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self- confidence, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

In 1954, Girls Inc. became a United Way partner agency, and we have been working together ever since to empower girls in Central Alabama to succeed.

Girls Inc.’s research-based programming is designed to teach girls to live healthily, succeed academically and acquire well-rounded life skills. When you give to United Way, you are standing in these girls’ corners, giving them a safe space to grow and the tools they need to be their strongest, smartest and boldest selves.

United Way is the reason that me, my friends, and other people I’ve met here [at Girls Inc.] had the chance to even come here.
Lonnitria Keenan, participant


16.7% of girls will not finish high school.

78% are not happy with their bodies.

25% experience sexual abusee or assault by age 17.

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