The beginning of a new program year is always an exciting time. It can be felt in the hustle and bustle the moment you step on our partner school campuses all across town. After 18 months of remote programming, our School-Based Programs are back in person at elementary and middle school campuses! Our staff are inspired to be back to the energy of a room filled with youth. Our girls are thrilled to be back with friends and a sense of normalcy. All involved are happy to have less screen time and more in-person engagement! However, we have all been changed by our experiences in the last year, so we are leaning on our trauma-informed approach throughout our programs. Making sure our staff are equipped to recognize and respond to girls who have faced traumatic stress during these unprecedented times reduces the impact of that stress on girls’ ability to learn.
Our Community Based Programs for our older youth, where participants come from more than 60 area schools, are starting the year with remote programming this fall out of an abundance of caution. Girls Inc. remains a source of consistency for our girls as we remotely facilitate our impactful programs on advocacy, health, academic assistance, workforce development, college access, and sisterhood.
Remote or in-person, Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s programming is designed to empower girls at every stage of development, and provides a supportive, engaging environment for them to thrive. Over the coming months we will continue to evaluate the ever-changing environment amidst the pandemic and pivot as needed to make sure our girls continue to receive our intentional programming in a safe, accessible environment.