Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: the importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood, and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self- confidence, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.


Girls Inc. of New Hampshire has been serving girls since 1974. We began in the city of Nashua as a very small Girls Club and have expanded in the last 25 years to become a statewide organization with centers in Nashua and Manchester. In addition to our center-based after school and summer camp programs, we deliver outreach programs in over 30 schools across the state. We have grown from one of the smallest affiliates in the country to one of the largest. We are the only affiliate (out of 79) to have an entire state as our territory. We won the first national award for excellence in leadership. Annually, we serve approximately 1,000 girls. We have many members who are the first in their family to obtain their college diploma and break the cycle of poverty they were raised in. Our doors have been open to girls for 50 years and not once during that time have we ever turned a girl away for her inability to pay.

I struggled internally for a long time, but through Girls Inc. I learned that my body is a resource, not an object. I began to love and embrace my body.