Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. 1 in 4 girls will not finish high school, 78% of girls are unhappy with their bodies by age 17, 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 20, and 1 in 5 girls will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Less than 1% of high school girls are interested in pursuing computer science as a college major. 5.5 million girls ages 5-17 in the U.S. are living in poverty.
Trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships with girls, and access to peers who share their drive and aspirations; A girls-only, physically and emotionally safe place that is supportive, and sets high expectations for achievement; Programs that are "hands-on, minds-on", and meet the needs of today's girls to provide the age-appropriate information and knowledge so girls make decisions leading to healthy lives; succeed academically; and develop life skills.
Our preliminary findings of middle school and high school girls who have received the Girls Inc. experience show that 98% of middle school girls and 99% of high school girls report that some or all of the time they are engaged in school, completing homework on time and care about getting good grades. Of the high school girls surveyed, 82% have never been expelled, suspended or skipped class and 65% have taken a technology class, advanced science or advanced mathematics in preparation for college
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