Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 1,400 girls in Fort Smith and surrounding areas with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. Do South®reached out to Amanda Daniels, Executive Director, to learn more.
Who does Girls Inc. serve and in what ways?
The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Our after-school program currently picks up at twenty-two out of twenty-six public schools in the Fort Smith district!
What specific needs or problems in the community does this program address?
Our programs offer parents an affordable option for after-school and summer care while providing a safe, girls-only environment where they continue learning even when out of the classroom. Our sports programs are a great option for girls to learn a sport and develop teamwork skills and other traits to help them be successful and confident.
How long has Girls Inc. served the community?
Next year we will celebrate ninety years and are planning a big celebration! If you attended, served as a volunteer or were a past staff member, we want to make sure you are included. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and how you were connected with us. We will soon have a google form to fill out so look for that on our social media accounts.
Are there any upcoming events our readers should know about?
After-school transportation and fall volleyball sign-ups are now underway! You can register online or in person. On September 14th we will host Fest of Ale at Uncork’d. You don’t want to miss this fun event featuring the best craft beers paired with delicious food from Uncork’d. Follow the Fest of Ale Facebook page for more information and purchase your tickets!
What else should our readers know about Girls Inc. Fort Smith?
We are a United Way agency that is lucky to be in a very supportive community. Girls Inc. often partners with other nonprofits for the betterment of our programs. We also do outreach within some of the Fort Smith public schools. Last year, we were able to return to our longest partner, Howard Elementary. We hope to be back there again this school year as well as expand to some other schools.
1415 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas