Women Powered, Girl Approved
2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the addition of girls to Boys Clubs of America, making it the perfect time to move girls into the spotlight.
Girls face unique challenges and deserve an equal footing with their male peers. Our Clubs are supported by a strong network of women leaders who have successfully navigated their own challenges and have the life wisdom to show for it.
By channeling the collective experience and insight of these women, we believe we can empower girls and fuel our programs.
The vision took flight in April 2010, when over 85 women attended the first annual InfluenceHer Summit.
That event lit a fuse, igniting the passion and commitment that is growing steadily, increasing in quantity, and generating excitement across the county. We’re using that spark to light the way as we develop a comprehensive program strategy for girls that will have lifelong impact—preparing girls to think smarter, reach farther, and fulfill their dreams.
What are the programs?
We’re clear on the vision: We want to help girls find their voice, tap into their passion, and reach for their dreams. We want to provide a framework that enables them to envision themselves as leaders, become life-long learners, and take control of their health so they can be strong and resilient.
Where are we? Existing programs targeting girls include:
- SMART Girls – a program for girls that focuses on positive choices and building healthy relationships
“SMART Girls helps you learn about changes, what there is in the world, how to take care of the world, and how to be a girl. We do fun projects.” – Tanisha, age 13
- Girls’ Athletics – building skills that focus on leadership and sportsmanship
Where do we go from here?
We’re plotting a course—harnessing the knowledge, wisdom, and life experiences of over 85 visionary women leaders to define programs, resources, and make personal contributions that move this initiative into high gear.
We’ve defined three key areas on which to focus program offerings and we’ve identified initial activities in each area:
Our planned academic programs will provide help with homework, tutoring, mentors, special speakers, career exploration, coaching and more. Our goal: empower girls to make their dreams a reality.
By helping girls achieve and maintain healthy, active lifestyles, we help ensure they are ready to take on whatever the future brings.
Through coaching, planning and mentoring we provide the framework for each girl to uncover the leader within.
The journey has just begun….add your vision, your energy, your support. Get involved today.