Even in sunny San Diego, girls are growing up in poverty, suffering from physical and sexual abuse and facing barriers to college. Girls Inc. of San Diego County (GISD) was founded as the Girls Club of Vista in 1967 to address these issues by creating a safe, pro-girl environment where girls can explore and celebrate their strengths, develop self-confidence and plan for their future. In 1980, GISD joined the national Girls Inc. organization, and in 2010, we closed our brick-and-mortar center to initiate programming through a 100% outreach-based curriculum in 2013. Having celebrated our 50th year of service in 2017, GISD’s programming and support continue to help girls in the county to overcome barriers in pursuit of their academic goals.
Girls Inc. Bill of rights
Although the times and programs have changed, Girls Inc. always has been, and always will be, all about the girls. With a continued commitment and dedication to making a measurable and lasting difference, Girls Inc. is a strong advocate for girls and honors the Girls Inc. Girls Bill of Rights.
Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist stereotypes.
Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
Girls Inc. has helped me build my confidence and to be more comfortable standing out and just being myself.