Girls Inc.: Empowering Girls for More than 150 Years

This entry was posted on Jan 3, 2020 by Charlotte Bell.

Girls Inc.

In January 2019, a record number of women—of diverse races and religions—entered the halls of U.S. Congress. We congratulate these empowered women who will likely bring women’s issues to the foreground and into better focus.

Women’s empowerment may seem like a new phenomenon, but in reality, at least in America, the seeds of this movement were planted as far back as 1864. Girls Inc., originally known as Girls Clubs of America, formed to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Girls Clubs of America aimed to create a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in sisterhood.

At Hugger Mugger Yoga Products we are excited to partner with Girls Inc. for the next three months. Through March 31st, we will donate a percentage of our net profits to this vital organization.


What Girls Inc. Does

Today the organization serves more than 156,000 girls at 81 affiliates across the U.S. and in Canada. They deliver programming in three areas:

  • Healthy Living: Support for healthy choices, including managing reproductive health, developing healthy relationships and forming sound body image.
  • Academic Enrichment and Support: Support for academic performance; high school graduation and post-secondary education; and goal setting in the areas of personal life, education and career.
  • Life Skills: Helps girls learn to use their own voices and advocate for others, become resilient and increase grit. Life Skills support also helps girls develop an ability to regulate emotion.


How the Program Works

The organization partners with schools to provide before-, during- and after-school programming. Girls can attend a Girls Inc.-facilitated health class during the day. Or they can come to a Girls Inc.-designated safe, girls-only space after school to expand their access to STEM education, improve literary skills, develop healthy relationships, get on track to graduate, and prepare for college and future careers.

In addition to partnering with schools, local Girls Inc. organizations often work with other community and like-minded partners to provide girls with as many opportunities as possible to support growth and learning. Corporate and cause-related partnerships also provide mentorship programs.

The Girls Inc. experience consists of three facets:

  • People: Strong and lasting relationships with Girls Inc. facilitators are at the core of the organization’s work. Mentors are trained youth-development professionals  who develop lasting mentoring relationships with the girls they serve.
  • Environment: The environment is a safe, all-girl, pro-girl space at school or in a Girls Inc. center where there is a sisterhood of support.
  • Programming: Programming includes research-based, hands-on, minds-on activities designed to help girls become healthy, educated and independent.

For more information on Girls Inc. and how you can get involved, visit

About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.