Classes

Classes are special programs for girls of all ages that focus on a given topic or project over a series of weeks. Girls who are enrolled in the after school program may sign up for classes at no extra charge. Members who do not attend the after school program but would like to attend special interest classes may enroll in one of these classes for a fee of $50 per two-month class. Space in classes is limited and many classes fill up quickly.

All girls who enroll in a class must make a commitment to attend each class meeting. Classes usually meet weekly on a specified day and run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Classes and programs that take place offsite require that participants attend from 4:15-5:45 p.m. to allow time for transportation. Unexcused or excessive absences may result in removal from the class to afford another member a space. Any participant who fails to maintain regular attendance in a class may forfeit her right to enroll in future classes. All class sizes are limited, and schedules are subject to change. Classes that are listed as “ongoing” meet throughout the school year and usually have space for new participants to join during our bi-monthly class sign-up periods.

For the nineteenth year in a row, Girls Inc. has received a Community Development Block Grant, which enables us to offer some exciting classes to our members. Due to reporting requirements of the funding source, we must report statistical information on all participants in grant-funded classes. We thank parents for providing us with this confidential information so that we may continue to provide high quality classes for all of our girls. New classes will be announced monthly. To sign up for one of these classes, pick up a permission form in our front lobby.

Classes are offered in the following topics


Creative Pursuits

MIXED MEDIA ART

ALL AGES
Experiment with color combinations, shapes, textures and patterns to create unique jewelry items such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets and other multi-media art! This class is taught by Lolita Demers from the Brush With History Art Gallery!

AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY

AGES 8+
Activities provided by and held at the American Textile History Museum will help girls to develop skills such as sewing, weaving and beading and to learn about some Native American traditions.

POTTERY

AGES 8+
This course is taught at the Brush With History Art Gallery by local artist Lolita Demers. Girls in this class learn the basics of form, texture and design while working with stoneware clay. Hand-building and glazing techniques are introduced along with the use of the potter’s wheel!

AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM THREADS OF LEARNING

AGES 11-18 ATHM and Amelia Peabody Foundation bring this exciting new program to Girls Inc. Participants learn how to build a business plan to design, print and sell tote bags, t-shirts, hoodies, or aprons and gain business and life skills.


Self-Reliance and Life Skills

MIND AND BODY

ALL AGES
This program supports girls in taking care of their own health. Engaging activities focus on fortifying girls’ ability to develop and sustain strong minds and strong bodies through nutrition, physical activity, stress management and body image.

SPORTING CHANCE

ALL AGES
In this active and fun class, girls will learn about staying physically healthy while becoming familiar with many positive female role models from the sporting world. Girls will practice and learn a variety of sports and games.

BE BOLD

AGES 6- 8
This empowering program will give our younger girls the skills and personal information critical to avoiding hurtful or dangerous situations and assist them in identifying and acknowledging people and resources that contribute to their safety.

PHOTOVOICE

ALL AGES
In this leadership program, girls will use photography as a medium for exploring what is important to them in our society and their community. The participants are given cameras to take pictures, they write narratives about their photographs, and they hold a public exhibit and learn about activism.

HEALTHY YOU

ALL AGES
Healthy You covers many aspects of health, from good nutrition and healthy snacks, to easy but fun ways to exercise and ways to manage stress. This special program is taught by UMass Lowell interns.


Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology)

BUILD IT (Unit 6)

AGES 10 +
Build IT is a program that encourages youth to think like designers and focuses on the growing information technology field. Participants learn how to solve real world problems by creating solutions and prototypes using the design process. This semester, girls will learn to use HTML to create a website for a “user” in the community.

FILMING

AGES 9 +
Set free the actress and director in you! Learn how to use a digital video camera and join an all-girl cast and crew to film your own skits, commercials, documentaries and more!

ENGINEER GIRLS

ALL AGES
Members will explore a series of problems that call on critical thinking skills and the scientific method, all while learning the importance of teamwork and solutions, just like real engineers!

OPERATION SMART

ALL AGES
This science program offers girls a series of engaging science activities that promote critical thinking, an engineer design process, chemistry, dissection and biology, habitat and more with an easy guide that encourages kids to investigate and explore the world.

MY GIRLFRIEND ZELDA

ALL AGES
Girls become the “medical team” for Zelda, a life-size girl that is made of felt, who has been admitted to the hospital. They learn about human anatomy, health, and healthcare in this hands-on program.


LitSMARTS (Literacy and Writing)

BOOK CREATIONS

ALL AGES
Girls create their own stories and illustrations using blank “Bare Books” (actual blank books created for instilling creativity in literacy). The girls will learn to use their imaginations to craft meaningful and fun stories and use their artistic skills to bring their stories to life.

MEDIA SMARTS

AGES 9-11
Participants will learn how to spot advertisers’ manipulations, think about what messages the media sends and whether those messages are healthy or true, and then create their own media – a magazine, a TV or radio commercial, you name it!

PEN PALS

ALL AGES
Write to long-distance friends and members of other Girls Inc. affiliates. Learn all about the special programs and events they host at other sites and share insights on being Girls Inc. girls.

READING CLUB

AGES 9 +
The older girls read impactful and empowering books written especially for girls their age
and share meaningful discussions on the subjects important to them!