Girls Inc. of Lynn has responded to the changing needs of girls and their families by providing essential resources and challenging programs to disadvantaged, low-income girls.
Girls Inc. of Lynn is a local affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization with roots dating back to 1864. The national organization provides vital educational programs to millions of girls in America and Canada, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Girls Incorporated of Lynn inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers.
"I am a Girls Inc. of Lynn alumna. I am one of the many girls they have inspired to become a strong, smart and bold woman. My family and I moved to Lynn, Massachusetts from the Dominican Republic when I was nine. My parents worked long hours at multiple jobs to create a better life for our family. There were many challenging and isolating times. Knowing very little English and with few friends, I was timid and unsure about the future. However, the sense of isolation was gone when I walked into Girls Inc. The staff and the friends I made allowed me to believe that I have the right and the potential to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals. I did not have to be another statistic or another stereotype. I was an individual. I was a girl with ambitions and the abilities to make them reality. I had a sisterhood of girls in my corner who encouraged each other to set positive goals for and to not cave into peer pressure. With the support of Girls Inc., I gained confidence to speak in public and the power to obtain a college education. I attended college with a full scholarship and was even the student commencement speaker at my graduation. All the important lessons I learned at Girls Inc. are still with me today in my personal and professional life. I plan to pursue a PhD in sociology with a special focus on helping immigrants achieve higher education. Girls Inc. of Lynn believed in me and supported me. I now inspire others to achieve their goals." - Jomaria, Class 2009