Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada

Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada (Girls Inc.) inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by providing programs that promote their emotional, physical and social well-being.  Over the past several years we have seen an increasing demand for programming from South Dundas and the greater SD&G region.  Our primary mandate has been to provide group programs to girls in Leeds & Grenville, although we've traveled into Dundas when we had sufficient capacity to meet the requests.


Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, by providing programs that promote their emotional, physical and social well-being. While our primary mandate has been to provide programs in Leeds and Grenville, we have seen an increasing demand for programming in South Dundas. Over the past three years we have worked with Iroquois P.S., Seaway District High School, Morrisburg Public School and St. Mary’s/St. Cecelia’s Catholic School. Our reputation within these schools is positive and programming has been extremely well received. We have some wonderful champions and partners in the schools who recognize the difference that Girls Inc. programming can make for girls.


The Project:

We intend to hire a part-time Program Facilitator to work in the SDG region, with a primary focus on the North and South Dundas regions where previous relationships have been built, support for our approach is evident and the need for services is prominent.  We regularly receive requests from these areas and hear that they are underserved or not at all served by many other service providers.  We are seeking to fill a gap and ensure that the girls in rural Dundas counties have access to inspiring and empowering group programming.  In 2017, we were unable to provide any outreach programs in south Dundas which meant that only 16 girls from South Dundas were able to access Girls Inc. programs by travelling to communities in Leeds-Grenville for March Break and Summer offerings.  In 2015 and 2016 we worked with close to 200 girls per year in South Dundas schools.  The creation of this outreach position (.25 FTE) would provide approximately 500 hours of time invested in SD&G, a considerable increase from what we’ve been able to provide in the past. 

Your support will allow us to bring programming back to local schools to ensure all girls have equitable access to programming that builds resiliency, critical thinking skills and empowers them to overcome barriers.  


The SD&G Outreach worker would provide a variety of weekly programs and workshops, in schools and community spaces focusing on media literacy, violence prevention, healthy relationships, economic literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  


Our hope is that funding from 100 Women Who Care South Dundas would provide an opportunity for us to test this model and make a strong case for support to the United Way of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry in 2019 for them to continue funding this investment for girls in North and South Dundas.  


Estimated Cost: $15,000 but we are asking for $10,000 from 100 Women Who Care About South Dundas (estimated completion date June 2019)


The Community of South Dundas will benefit directly when local girls are stronger, smarter and bolder as a result of participation. Results show that this evidence-based programming better equips girls for the challenges they face in the future. It builds resilience, resistance skills and self-confidence. In 2015 we provided programs and workshops to 185 girls from South Dundas and in 2016 we have worked with 188 girls from South Dundas. Direct funding for South Dundas will ensure these and many other girls will have the opportunity to continue their relationships, learning and growth.


What do you know about this organization that you wish everyone knew?

Girls Incorporated of Upper Canada was founded in 1979, and is a member of the international Girls Incorporated network. We provide evidence-based, curriculum driven, in-school and community-based programming for all girls between the ages of 6-18, focussing on self-reliance and life skills, violence prevention, substance use prevention,  relational aggression, and bullying, media and economic literacy and leadership development in a safe, girls-only environment. Girls learn to lead healthy and physically active lives, navigate media messages, and make the bold choice to say no to risky and dangerous activities. Girls Inc programming puts the tools for empowerment in girls’ hands and encourages them to take healthy risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges, reinforcing their belief in themselves.

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