School Based Programming
Throughout the school year, Girls Inc. of Columbus offers School Based Programming in the Muscogee County Middle Schools.
The premise of launching the school-based program is to form partnerships with middle schools to help equip girls with the tools needed to combat the struggles faced in their lives to grow up strong, smart, and bold. At the beginning of the program, the girls correlate media literacy with one thing: social media. Through programming, the girls learn about marketing and its view through various media outlets. The girls also gained awareness of how advertisement persuades specific gender and social classes. Throughout the course, we have seen girls realize how media is such a powerful force in their lives today. The girls grow more aware of the daily media influences of music, TV, video games, and magazines. Overall, the girls show growth in their abilities to engage in regular interactions as mindful media consumers. The information they receive throughout the first semester will help them navigate through an increasingly complex media outlook. During the second semester we focus on Leadership and Community Action. Through Girls Inc. Leadership and Community Action, girls build leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. With support from women in their communities, girls celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and social change agents and realize their own power as community resources and trustees of the common good. Serving those who serve was woven into the core of the Leadership and Community Action curriculum for the Spring 2019 school-based semester. Our primary focus was for girls to understand true leadership begins with services to others. The girls were each elected to be servant leaders. As servant-leaders, the girl's principal focus for the semester was on the growth and well-being of one another, and the school to which they belong. Girl Inc. programming received overwhelming positive review from principals, administrators, staff, teacher, parents, and girls. Expanding school-based programming and facilitating partnerships with Muscogee County School District signifies a positive way to advance girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We are ecstatic to continue to partner with middle schools taking action to ensure these powerful learning opportunities are accessible to young girls in every school and community who want and need them.