Program areas at Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
Elementary programswe envision a world where every girl feels valued, safe, and prepared to achieve her dreams. We focus on the whole girl from age 5-18: her health, education and development as a leader. Our continuum of academic, social, and community enrichment programs is offered at no cost, to remove barriers to participation. Elementary programs include:beginning in march 2020 all of our school districts across the County went into remote learning due to the global pandemic. This forced all of our direct serivce programming to go into remote learning. We offered programming through zoom meetings, google hangout and at times over the phone providing wellness checks. We adjusted our program delivery hours, times and frequency in order to accommodate the change in the traditional school day schedule. Depending on the sites we provided programming during school day and afterschool hours. The focus of our programs remained the same.-girlstart literacy program (grades k-3): providing Girls and boys with a strong literacy foundation for their school years and beyond.-team (together empowered and academically motivated) for 4th-5th graders, who will participate in activities including book clubs with academic discussion and intentional extension activities, independent reading and exploration of complex text using non-fiction articles. Each academic hour component will complement school day learning in a fun, enriching way to meet the needs of youth in an afterschool environment. Team will include hands-on enrichment and/or community building activities chosen to meet the unique needs, interests and group dynamic of each individual class. -stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) will provide high-quality, hands-on learning to build youth confidence in applying design skills, improve academic success and boost interest in studying stem topics.we have evidence demonstrating the positive impact our programs have on our Girls. Girls in our k-3rd grade girlstart program, referred due to below-grade-level literacy, increase their spelling, writing, speaking, and reading levels, thus closing the achievement gap to future academic success.we have more fully integrated training and evaluation into elementary programming. We have reorganized our staff to support our continuous learning model and Incorporated cross organizational trainings for more synergy amongst our staff and leadership. This year staff have not only received direct service training but training regarding professional development around managing staff, time management and many others.
Middle and high school programswe envision a world where every girl feels valued, safe, and prepared to achieve her dreams. We focus on the whole girl from age 5-18: her health, education and development as a leader. Our continuum of academic, social, and community enrichment programs is offered at no cost, to remove barriers to participation. Middle and high school programs include:beginning in march 2020 all of our school districts across the County went into remote learning due to the global pandemic. This forced all of our direct serivce programming to go into remote learning. We offered programming through zoom meetings, google hangout and at times over the phone providing wellness checks. We adjusted our program delivery hours, times and frequency in order to accommodate the change in the traditional school day schedule. Depending on the sites we provided programming during school day and afterschool hours. The focus of our programs remained the same.-all stars (sports, technology, academics, responsibility, sisterhood) (grades 6-8): empowering Girls to develop their capabilities through technology, academic enrichment, career exploration, leadership, sisterhood, fitness and team-building activities.-eureka! Teen achievement program (grades 8-12): fostering girls'interest in science, math, engineering, and technology, providing them with valuable summer internship opportunities, and preparing them for college. Summers are spent on a college campus.-advocating change together (act) project (grades 9-12): a youth-led research and advocacy program.-heart (helping everyone achieve respect together) (grades 9-12): a peer health and sexuality education program.sihle (sisters informing, healing, living, empowering) sihle is a peer-led, group-level, social-skills training intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among african american female teenagers who are at risk for acquiring or transmitting hiv/stds. In addition to hiv prevention, the program addresses relationships, dating and sexual health within the specific context of the female african american teenage experience, drawing upon both cultural and gender pride to give participants the skills and motivations to avoid hiv and other stds.-girls resource center (grades 6-12): a downtown oakland hub where Girls can access innovative and responsive services and programming. Girls are offered opportunities to take positive risk in exploring adventure sports, learn self-defense principles, become the next generation of women recording artists and engineers, learn about nutrition and healthy eating, workout in the fitness center, participate in yoga, develop leadership skills and create change within their community. In addition, Girls make new friends, become more confident, find their own voice, and receive academic support and college and career readiness in a positive all girl space.girls in our middle school programs report increased confidence and interest in stem learning opportunities and careers, paving the way to a commitment to learning. Our Girls report feeling more motivated towards academic achievement, positive risk taking, and setting healthy boundaries. This is reflected in 100% of our seniors who graduate from high school each year (in comparison with only 66% of their peers in oakland who graduate) and 100% are college-bound, 86% of whom will be the first in their families to attend college.
Pathways mental health programs pathways counseling center is the mental health program of Girls Incorporated of Alameda County. Pathways' services include: 1) mental health treatment and case management; 2) mental health consultation; and 3) community mental health training events.pathways counseling center's framework is a trauma-informed approach.services were delivered at Girls inc. office locations in oakland and san leandro. Services are also delivered through home visits and at other community locations.pathways' goals include reducing barriers to overall care for children and families. We do this by delivering services to those children most in need and by locating our services in under-resourced communities and school campuses. Increasing access to overall care also helps reduce the sense of stigma that many people feel regarding any need for mental health care.since 1999, pathways' consultation services have included twice-monthly meetings convened by a staff clinician for all Girls programming staff and managers. At consultation meetings, youth development staff can better understand and problem-solve challenges that girl program participants and their families are encountering. By doing so, staff can increase the positive experience Girls and their families have in Girls inc. programs, improve their outcome, and more easily link to any needed specialty mental health (and other) services. As a result of covid-19 and the public health recommendations for physical distancing, Girls inc.'s clinicians have pivoted to providing telehealth services via hipaa-compliant video-conferencing and/or telephone. Clinicians assessed the client's/family's ability to utilize remote services and found solutions for addressing barriers to treatment. Clinicians continually monitor how the clients and caregivers are coping with the stresses of the pandemic, as well as their comfort/ability to engage with telehealth. Clinicians are utilizing on-line activities and interactive tools to build rapport with new clients, to continue to engage existing clients, and to facilitate parenting workshops.