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Girls Incorporated of St. Louis (Girls Inc.) provides educational and cultural programs in safe environments for girls that enable them to raise their aspirations and realize their potential. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold!


Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit youth organization that was established in 1864. Nationwide, the organization affects the lives of approximately 500,000 girls in more than 100 cities annually. We have provided educational programs to millions of girls, particularly those in high-risk and under-served areas.


Established locally in 1981, Girls Inc. of St. Louis has relocated three times to accommodate expanding membership. In 2004, the agency moved to the Nelson Center, its permanent home in the City of Northwoods in North St. Louis County. Formerly the Ascension St. Paul School building, the facility has the capacity to serve 550 to 600 girls. 


At Girls, Inc., we believe that each child has a unique intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical potential. The cultivation of this potential is our priority.  Programs give girls the information, skills, strategies and resources they need to make good decisions, solve problems, meet their own needs and lead others. These activities provide the opportunity to experience success as they grow to understand their options, accept new responsibilities and face new challenges. 




Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.

Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.

Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.

Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.



Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.



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