It has been more than three years since our board of directors made the bold decision to close our clubs and initiate a new model of operation. Driven by our mission to inspire all girls in our service area, our outreach service delivery model was born.
Did we think it would work? Yes.
Were we sure how well it would work? No.
It was a leap of faith. We were charting a new course in Girls Inc. history. As an outsider coming into the organization, that single fearless decision told me that Girls Inc. was a nonprofit willing to take risks to do more good for its constituents.
Those risks have more than paid off. Officially our 2008-2010 plan will come to a close at the end of the month. But, we’ve been finished with the plan for almost the whole year.
The 2008-2010 strategic plan called for a three-pronged approach:
1. Establish multi-partner “hubs”—or neighborhoods—where girls could participate in Girls Inc. programs near their home or schools.
Our goal was to establish 12 hubs. We are now serving 15 hubs.
2. Recruit and train volunteers to support the growing demand for programs.
We trained 153 volunteers in 2010 for a total of 320 trained volunteer facilitators since establishing the plan.
3. Utilize technology to streamline communications with volunteers and partners.
Our web portals remain key to our volunteer management system and as a tool for ongoing training.
Our success in outreach has been phenomenal. While we are still tallying participation numbers from fall programs, we know that we will surpass our goals once again. Watch our outreach video to better understand how we are serving thousands of local girls.
Over the next few months, I’ll introduce you to the new 2011-2013 strategic plan and goals. You can imagine how eager we are to move onto the next great challenge. Our board has once again shown how fearless they can be in pursuit of our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Stay tuned!