Join us for Creating with STEAM!

February Vacation Week: 2/20/18-2/23-18


Who: Girls in grades K-8

What: During this week girls will spend each day learning about and creating science fair projects. They   will have the opportunity to create hover crafts, phases of the moon, solar systems, and test the buoyancy of water by stacking. Field trips will include: The Aquarium & Swimming.


Where:                         Albany Center                                   Schenectady Center

                                          301 Washington Ave.                    962 Albany Street

                                           Albany, NY 12206                       Schenectady, NY 12307

When:                           Tuesday 2/20 – Friday 2/23     9am – 5pm

                                        (Early drop off available upon request, $5 fee per day)


Cost:                              $10-15 per day based on a sliding scale fee.

                                      (due to limited spaces fee will increase $5 a day if registered and/or paid after 2/14)


Contact:                     Administrative Office – 374-9800

Click here for registration form

Registration is still open!

It is not too late to register for afterschool programs in Schenectady & Albany.

Stop in to register at the Schenectady Site, Monday- Friday, 9am-6pm or at the Albany 2pm-6pm. You will need to complete a registration packet & sign up for kids corner (K-2nd) or sign up for programs (3rd-12th)

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 518-374-9800

Feel free to take a look at our program schedules before you stop by:

Schenectady Spring 2018 Schedule

Albany Spring 2018 Schedule

10th Annual Girls’ Summit

What is the Girls’ Summit?

The Girls’ Summit is a free, full day forum for and about girls and STEM. The event is designed to empower, inspire and inform girls to better prepare for their future. As Tech Valley continues to grow, we need to continually address the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The Girls’ Summit focuses on STEM studies, careers and fields, and the development of girls into the next generation of leaders and problem solvers.

2017 Theme & Audience

For 2017, our focus was Flexing your STEM muscle. What can girls do with STEM? Literally anything – she might go on to be a programmer, doctor, anthropologist, designer, president, pastry chef, or anything in between. By learning skills in STEM, every girl can build the foundational problem solving, creativity, and communication skills that will help her succeed and stay competitive in whatever she chooses to do.

This year there were 175 7th grade girls from  Ballston Spa and Niskayuna school districts, in attendance. Our goal was to expose girls in their middle school years to positive and engaging experiences with science, technology, engineering, and math. For girls, this is a critical age and stage of their development and Girls’ Summit is designed to stimulate a curiosity, interest, and connection to the fields of STEM. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities both today and for the future

Venue :

Each year, we collaborate with a local college/university for the location of the summit in order to provide girls a taste of the college experience. For our 10th annual summit, on December 18th, we are thrilled to once again partner with and host the event at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies), a campus located in Malta.  The state-of-the-art TEC-SMART facility will allow for exciting learning opportunities and will inform girls about college and career decisions as they relate to STEM and the Capital Region. 

Workshops: The day include 8 different workshops, developed and facilitated by our community partners & Girls Inc. staff. The community partners included MiSci, CMOST, GE, Cornell Cooperative Ext., & Wadsworth.


Thank you to the sponsors Adirondack Community Trust Foundation, The Niskayuna Foundation & Hudson Valley Community College Tec-Smart !

Thank you to our community partners: MiSci, CMOST, GE, Cornell Cooperative Ext.,  &Wadsworth.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating in the Girls’ Summit next year, please contact Kerry Gribbon, Grant Development & partnerships manager at 518-374-9800 ext. 225 or [email protected]



Holiday & Gift Shops are almost here!


The Gift Shop offers members the opportunity to purchase and wrap items for gift giving, at the cost of 25¢ per item. Members are allowed to purchase items for their immediate family only; parents/guardians, grandparents, sisters and brothers. This year there will be a limit of 6 gifts per member. Names of eligible family members must be recorded on the permission slip and returned on or before Friday, December 1st. All girls will shop on a first come basis.

Schenectady’s Holiday & Gift Shop

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  



Albany’s Holiday & Gift Shop

Thursday, December 7th, 2017




All staff will be assisting with the Gift Shop; therefore all regular activities are cancelled.


If you have any questions, would like to volunteer on the day or would like to drop off a donation for either Holiday shop, please contact Diana Suits at 374-9800 ext. 232.

Join us for our Strong, Smart & Bold Breakfast!

Strong, Smart & Bold Breakfast

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

7:30am- 9am  at The Radisson, Wolf Road, Albany

Join us for breakfast! Discover ways our community can inspire and empower girls and women to explore a career in business ownership.

Click on this link for more information and to register!

Thank you to our sponsors:

CAP COM Federal Credit Union           Couch White, LLP    


The Strong, Smart and Bold Institute was a success!

On Saturday, October 21st,  more than 50 girls had the chance to participate in our first Strong, Smart and Bold Institute held at Siena College.

The day included:

  • Breakfast & lunch at Snyder Hall
  • A tour of Siena’s campus
  • A Financial Aid information session & campus tour just for parents
  • Unique, hands-on programming in the Morrell Science Center, facilitated by students enrolled in Siena’s Albany Medical College Program.
  • Exciting programming about entrepreneurship at the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Siena’s new Stack Center.
  • A College Reality Series facilitated by Girls Inc. Staff.


We would like to thank the amazing students, professors, and staff for welcoming us on campus and giving our ladies an informative and empowering day. Thank you to Sara Rindenello, Dr. Dorecy Applyrs & Destiny Roseman for kicking of the day with some inspirational words!

The day would not have been a success without the support of our sponsors Siena College, Berkshire Bank  and Albany Medical Center.


Purchase a Fuel Her Fire Raffle Ticket for a Chance to Win!

You and a guest will fly coach class on Southwest Airlines and spend a week in a vacation home in Celebration, Florida ( about 20 miles from Orlando).

Thank you to Girls Inc. Board member, Bill Newman and his wife, Linda for donating their vacation home and travel vouchers for this raffle!

Winner will be announced at the conclusion of Girls Inc.’s 3rd Annual FUEL HER FIRE Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 27 at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany.

Purchase your RAFFLE tickets when you register to attend Girls Inc.’s FUEL HER FIRE Awards Celebration –

Can’t attend FUEL HER FIRE? You CAN still WIN the RAFFLE! Get your raffle tickets here –

Details & Pictures Below:


About Celebration, Florida:

  • a quaint village about 25 miles from Orlando airport with boutique shopping,dining, and stunning homes surrounding a beautiful lake
  • 15 minutes from all Disney World parks and Universal Studios
  • shoppers, golfers, foodies, and entertainment seekers will find lots to do
  • walking trails, dog park
  • Town swimming pool (3 blocks from house)

Vacation Home Details

This beautiful vacation home in Celebration, Florida is available to the winner from April 1 through December 31.

Main House

  • 2 bedrooms and 1 sleeper sofa
  • 2 full baths * eat–in kitchen * dining room * living room * small family room
  • Full fridge & freezer * electric stove & oven * dishwasher * full laundry room
  • Screened porch * fenced backyard * 2-car garage

Guest House (studio)

  • 1 bed
  • Small kitchen; no sitting area

Sleeps 6, total


And the Winners Are…

Join Us for our 3rd Annual Fuel Her Fire Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 27th at Wolfert’s Roost County Club, can you buy valacyclovir online Albany.

Join us in recognizing these empowering individuals who fuel the fire of local women and girls!

Click to Register


Thank you for a great trip to the Adirondacks!

We would like to thank everyone that helped make this trip becomes a reality! The girls and staff had a blast on their trip to the Adirondacks, during Session 3 of Albany Summer Fun! The overnight trip will be Thursday, July 27th – Friday, July 28th. This trip was made possible through the collaboration and generosity of many organizations and people!


Adirondack Diversity Initiative




Adirondack Trip Itinerary

July 27th

Travel to ESF

Canoeing on Rich Lake

Hiking & Science activities on Adirondack Interpretive Center Trails

Capture the Flag

Campfire & Dinner at Rich Lake

July 28th

Breakfast at Rich Lake

Trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY  (wild walk exploration, animal encounter & museum exploration)

Pizza Lunch

Tour of Olympic Ski Jumps & Ski Deck in Lake Placid, NY

Dinner & travel home.


There are still a few spots available! If you are interesting in registering please contact us at 374-9800.




Congratulations Eureka! Graduates

Congratulations to our first graduating class of Eureka! girls! These young ladies completed our 5-year STEM based program, which included two summers of camp at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, three summers of paid internships, and earned Eureka! credits throughout the school year by attending monthly Girls Inc. programs, volunteering and attending college tours.

A special thank you to SEFCU for sponsoring all 5 years of this cohort and helping us bring this life-changing program to the Capital Region!