In partnership with schools and community organizations, we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.

Who We Are

Since 2007, Girls Inc. of SE Wisconsin has inspired girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold. We provide girls throughout Southeast Wisconsin with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the tools and support they need to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment; peers who share their drive and aspirations; and research-based programming. At Girls Inc., girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, and see college as attainable. Our programming focuses on healthy living; academic enrichment and support; and life skills and independence.

“Girls Inc. made me a better, smarter, stronger, and more self-confident woman.” – Ghita, age 15

What We Do

Our learning programs are experiential and fun. Girls often say that their time at Girls Inc. is when they feel the safest, both physically and emotionally. Learning is supported by field trips, community projects, arts and crafts, special mentoring and other techniques where girls experience the culture and diversity that make Southeast Wisconsin unique, as they interact with role models. Our research-based programs are developed by the Girls Inc. National Resource Center and other Girls Inc. affiliates, and are tailored to meet the needs of Southeast Wisconsin girls.
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“Girls Inc. is a place where I can be myself without worrying about being judged.” – Ariana, age 14

Who We Serve

In school year 2018-19, we worked with 2,000 plus unique girls throughout Southeast Wisconsin. Girls Inc. of Southeast Wisconsin works with girls ages 5-18 from across Southeast Wisconsin. These girls are reflective of the Southeast Wisconsin community.

Self-identified racial/ethnic profile:
36% African American, 35% White, 25% Hispanic/Latina, 3% Asian American, and 1% Native American.

No one is turned away due to lack of ability to pay.

Our leadership is dedicated to assuring high-impact services for a growing number of girls and expansion of our advocacy efforts. We set bold goals and a clear strategic direction in partnership with local leadership.


Girls Inc. of SE Wisconsin is committed to maximizing our resources to benefit the girls we serve. 92% of our expenses go directly to programming.

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Our History

Girls Inc. was founded in 1864. Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific challenges facing young women. Although times have changed, Girls Inc. has always been and will always be about girls.

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Our Investors

Our work is possible thanks to the generous support of committed individuals, foundations, and corporate partners.

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Our Partners

Through the support of our community partners, we are able to deliver programs and opportunities to girls in the Southeast Wisconsin area. Thank you!

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