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Year Published: 2020
This quasi-experimental study of Girls Inc.—a year-round program located in more than 350 cities for girls ages 5-18 that focuses on healthy living, academic enrichment, and building positive life skills—found that girls who participated in the program reported more positive attitudes and behaviors than a comparison group of girls across the 27 outcomes that were measured in the categories of healthy living, academic engagement and success, and life skills. Girls Inc. participants also had higher math achievement test scores and school-day attendance rates than matched non-participants. By year two of the program, 23 of the 27 outcomes were statistically significant in the positive direction, including outcomes such as school engagement; finding school fun in areas like reading, math, and science; getting excited about science; engaging in physical activity; leadership; positive relationships with adults; and postsecondary readiness.
Program Name: Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. is a national organization that provides evidence-based programming to support the overall development of young females age 5-18. The program provides programming to support three main areas of development—healthy living, academics, and life skills and character development.
Scope of the Evaluation: National
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Website: https://girlsinc.org/