Since moving to a full outreach service model in 2007, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has charted significant growth in service. While we have grown in breadth across Indianapolis (read about our 2011 growth below), we have also been committed to growing in depth with our service to each community partner.
We know we are most impactful when we can offer girls multiple programs throughout their school career. They benefit from an accumulation of knowledge and skills that address their needs at all stages in life. Since 2007, 1,328 girls have reached comprehensive status, defined as participation in three or more programs. In 2009, just 405 girls had completed three or more Girls Inc. programs. This growth is due to an increase of our program partners scheduling one or more programs throughout the year.
In fact, we have also found more of our program partners are placing cohorts of girls in our programs for a full-year. At the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, a group of 9-11 year-old girls participated in two programs in the fall and will complete two more programs before the end of the school year. “These girls are truly Girls Inc. girls. By the end of the school year this group will have experienced a combination of programs that address the whole girl,” said Pat Wachtel, president & CEO. “We will continue to work with our partners to line up this kind of intentional programming.”