Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for each session?

Fall Semester: August through December
Spring Semester: January through May
Summer: June- July

Does my daughter have to be enrolled in a public school to attend Girls Inc.?

No, we serve all girls, whether they are in public, private or home schools.

Is it OK if my daughter doesn’t attend every day?

Yes. Our programs are structured so that if she comes on the same day each week, she will get the most out of our programs. She does not have to attend every day. Check out our schedule for classes offered on each day. However, we highly encourage her to attend every day so she receives the full benefit of the Girls Inc. programs.

Is Girls Inc. open for early release days?

We go by the Bristol Virginia Public Schools schedule.  If there are scheduled early releases, we are open for the girls and van routes will be run accordingly.  However, if BVPS dismisses early or closes for the day because of inclement weather, Girls Inc. will not be open.

What schools do you serve girls after-school?

Currently we serve girls from:

  • Haynesfield Elementary
  • Anderson Elementary
  • Fairmount Elementary
  • Holston View Elementary
  • Vance Middle School
  • Tennessee High School
  • High Point Elementary
  • Highland View Elementary
  • Van Pelt Elementary
  • Washington-Lee Elementary
  • Stonewall Jackson Elementary
  • Virginia Middle School
  • Virginia High School

Do you provide transportation?

Girls that attend Bristol Virginia Public Schools are transported by school buses.  Girls that attend Bristol Tennessee City Schools and High Point Elementary School (in Washington County, Virginia) are transported by our staff in vans.

What is Girls Inc.’s mission?

To inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Why just girls?

The all-girl environment enables girls to plunge into activities without worrying about whether they belong or not - or whether they are more or less skilled than boys. Gender-specific programming lets girls focus on their real interests, at their own pace, free from distractions and comparisons.

  • To prepare for interesting work and economic independence
  • To accept and appreciate her body
  • To take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in her success
  • To express herself with originality and enthusiasm
  • To be herself and resist gender stereotypes

The purpose of Girls Inc. programming is to enable girls to achieve their full potential. To do this, girls must conquer social, legal and cultural barriers that are different than those of boys. By providing space and programming that is targeted specifically to girls, their needs and their challenges, Girls Inc. is able to put them on the same playing field as boys as they grow in life and develop into professional and responsible citizens.

According to a study commissioned in 1999 by Girls Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive, more than half of high school girls are very dissatisfied with the role gender stereotypes play in their lives.

  • 56% of girls and 78% of high school girls said that, in schools, boys think they have a right to discuss girls’ bodies in public.
  • 65% of all girls said girls are expected to spend a lot of their time on homework and caring for younger children.
  • 75% of girls and 81% of high school girls said girls are under a lot of pressure to dress the right way.
  • Nearly twice as many girls as boys (47% compared to 29%) believe that girls and boys are more the same than different.
  • Girls with the highest scores on quality of life were more likely than girls with low scores to feel that girls have the same abilities as boys (50% versus 42%).

Does Girls Inc. support single-sex education?

Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit youth organization that has served girls for over 143 years. Through research-based, informal educational programming, we foster girls-only communities that encourage girls to take risks, challenge the barriers created by gender stereotypes, reward their achievements, and explore possibilities for their futures.

We know first-hand the value of single-sex programming designed to redress gender discrimination and stereotyping. High-quality single-sex education must have this aim as its guiding principle. Without this commitment, there is real danger that single-sex classrooms and programs will reinforce gender stereotypes.

What makes Girls Inc. different?

Girls Inc. programming:

  • Is comprehensive, including modules that develop across four age groups, building on learning from one area to another, rather than organized in short-term activities related to a variety of topics.
  • Is intentionally focused on gender equity, inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold; and key issues like pregnancy prevention, rather than general youth development and "safer" topics.
  • Is based on high-quality, longitudinal, national evaluation research, rather than only local evaluation of program quality.
  • Is delivered by professionally-trained facilitators, rather than volunteers who may not have the time or the training to offer excellent programs.
  • Includes role modeling and mentoring as key components where older girls connect with younger girls, rather than groups segregated by age.
  • Provides opportunities for girls to work with a number of adults with a variety of skills, rather than limiting the adults involved to the same one or two people over time.
  • Reaches many girls (of color and from low-income families) who would otherwise be left out of enrichment programs.

How can I get my daughter involved in Girls Inc. of Bristol?

Parents can enroll their daughter in a program by contacting the Girls Inc. of Bristol office and filling out the necessary forms.

How can I get involved with Girls Inc. of Bristol as a donor?

There are a variety of ways for individuals, businesses and organizations to support Girls Incorporated as a donor, including our annual Committee of 100 and Guys for Girls mailings.  We also host multiple fundraisers throughout the year that you are invited to participate in or sponsor.

How can I get involved with Girls Inc. of Bristol as a volunteer?

Volunteers play a key role at Girls Incorporated of Bristol. There are a variety of ways to participate as a volunteer- if you are interested, please contact Nicole at nicole_girlsinc@bvu.net.

How can we obtain your programs in my school/community?

Girls Incorporated of the Bristol provides programs based on program requests and funding available. If you would like more information or to start a program in your school/community please contact us at 276-669-8686.

How is Girls Inc. of Bristol funded?

Girls Inc. of Bristol is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt agency and operates on a carefully managed budget. Funding comes from individuals, corporations, and grants.

Does Girls Inc. of Bristol serve only low-income areas or at-risk girls?

Definitely no! Girls Incorporated of Bristol’s mission is to inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. We currently serve specific communities and schools based on determined need and available funding.

Is there a Boys Incorporated?

No, there is currently not an official Boys Incorporated organization that is affiliated with Girls Incorporated.

Does Girls Inc. of Bristol collaborate with other organizations?

Yes, Girls Incorporated of Bristol collaborates as needed or able with other organizations to form mutually beneficial relationships and offer more programs and services to our girls.

What are some of your challenges (helping girls, raising money, etc.)?

Girls Inc. operates on a limited budget, relying heavily on gift support from individuals, corporations, and grants. For every girl that we serve, there are countless other girls throughout Bristol and surrounding counties that need our help.

If you have further questions, please contact us at 276-669-8686 and our staff will be happy to help you!