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Snow Day – Tues Feb 12

Due to the impending snowstorm, Schenectady City Schools are closed today and Albany City Schools have canceled all after-school activities. Our Schenectady and Albany centers are closed today’s after-school programs are canceled. Stay warm and safe in the snow. We’ll see you tomorrow!


Our Albany Center’s new home

Three Capital Region non-profit organizations have joined forces to share resources and serve the community in a larger capacity!  This morning, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region (Girls Inc.), LifePath (formerly Senior Services of Albany), and Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), cut the ribbon on the newly renovated building at 80 Central Avenue in Albany.

“Turning the challenges of three non-profits into one collaborative community solution has been an incredible journey,” said Ashley Jeffrey Bouck, Executive Director for Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region, an organization providing free after-school and mentoring programs to girls grades K-12. “We’re excited to see our collective vision come to life because it doubles the capacity for Girls Inc. and allows us to serve more girls, particularly in the City of Albany.”

NABA, who assists individuals, who are blind or visually impaired, achieve independence and growth, has owned the 8,300 square foot property for many years. “We had been searching for another non-profit organization to fill the building’s vacancy, “ said Christopher Burke, NABA’s Executive Director, “Bringing all three of us together under one roof, by building out the two unfinished floors of the property, was a great idea that allowed us to maximize the available space.”

“We are thrilled to be part of this innovative collaboration,” said Monika Boeckmann, Executive Director of LifePath, an organization whose mission is keeping our older neighbors and friends healthy and safe by providing effective programs and support to help them stay connected to our communities. “This community center will provide inter-generational programs, evidence-based health education, and a large variety of recreational activities for older adults in the City of Albany. It will be a place to access community resources and provide neighbors with a place to connect.”

With daytime programming for seniors and after-school and evening programming for girls grades K-12, the new community center will now be fully utilized. The shared resources of the three organizations connects their missions, and provides opportunities for intergenerational and non-traditional programming that enriches the lives of children, seniors, and the visually impaired. The collaboration also advances Albany Mayor, Kathy Sheehan’s plan to reduce the number of vacant buildings in the City of Albany.

A capital campaign to renovate the building began in 2017 and is ongoing. “Our tri-nonprofit collaboration has had tremendous support from Capital Region donors and philanthropists who believe in what we’re doing. Without them, none of this would be possible,” said Ashley Jeffrey Bouck.


January Registration

Registration for our free Spring 2019 after-school programs will begin in Schenectady on Tuesday, January 8th from 12 pm to 7 pm, and in Albany on Wednesday, January 9th from 12 pm – 7 pm. *Please note that our Albany location has moved to 80 Central Ave!*  

Got questions? Call us at (518) 374-9800.

Spring 2019 Registration Packet

Spring 2019 Program Packet – Schenectady

Spring 2019 Program Packet – Albany


Chances to Win FIVE (5) $1,000 Cash Prizes

We’ve got FIVE (5) $1,000 cash prizes being raffled as part of our unGala 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign! Purchase your $25 raffle tickets for chances to win by:

  1. Calling Girls Inc. at (518) 466-3006 to purchase raffle tickets over the phone with a credit card.
  2. Mail a check or money order (made payable to Girls Incorporated) to:  unGala 2018 Raffle, Girls Inc., 962 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY  12307.
  3. Stop at Girls Inc. located at 962 Albany Street in Schenectady to purchase tickets in person.

    For purchasers paying over the phone or through the mail, raffle ticket numbers will be emailed to you by the Girls Inc. Development Office. Raffle tickets must be purchased by November 30, 2018. Winning tickets will be drawn on Monday, December 3 at approximately 12:00 noon at Girls Inc. headquarters at 962 Albany Street in Schenectady. Winners will be notified by phone and email and will have until Friday, December 7 to respond, otherwise additional winners will be drawn.


Be a part of unGala 2018!

It’s the social event of the year you won’t be attending! Make a donation between now and Giving Tuesday, November 27 and receive chances to win FIVE (5) $1,000 cash prizes. The unGala is a great and unique way to make a year end gift to Girls Inc. Visit our event website for all the details!


Fall 2018 After School Registration

Registration remains open throughout the program session.

*Schenectady Kids Corner (K-2) Registration is closed. The program is full & there are no spots available on the waitlist. Please check back at a later date to see if there are any opening. We apologize for any inconvenience.

*Albany Kids Corner (K-2) has spaces available on the waitlist only.

*There are still spots available, in Albany & Schenectady, for girls 3rd-12th grade.

 

For more information, download our registration packets and schedules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Administrative Office at 518-374-9800


See the Yankees from Behind Home Plate!

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win four (4) field level seats behind home plate to see the New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers on August 10 at 7 p.m.

Click here for more information and to purchase raffle tickets.

Special thanks to our corporate partner, Bank of America, for making this raffle possible.


Fuel Her Fire 2018 Announcements

The 4th Annual Fuel Her Fire Awards Celebration is just around the corner! Mark September 26 on your calendar and join us to celebrate and recognize local women who exemplify the life-altering mission of Girls Inc.

This year, we’re thrilled to welcome Sandra Fox, President of Sensory Six, as our 2018 Honorary Chair. Together, we’re presenting the 2018 Fuel Her Fire Award to Angela Beddoe, President & CEO of Beddoe Publishing and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Herlife Magazine New York. We’re presenting the 2018 Emerging Leader Award to Valerie Rapson, PhD, Outreach Astronomer for the Dudley Observatory at miSci.

Read more about these inspiring women and learn about how you can be part of this exciting event through sponsorships, Honorary Committee membership, or attending the event.

 


Nominate a Leader!

We’re now accepting nominations for our Emerging Leader Award presented at our Fuel Her Fire event in September. Nominations are due by July 16, 2018 and announcement of the recipient will be on July 23, 2018.

Download the nomination form.

For more information visit our event page.

 

 


A Celebration for the Girls

 

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Every year, from September to May, we open our doors in Albany and Schenectady to girls from around the Capital Region. We provide free after-school opportunities, in a safe, fun, nurturing environment. During these 8 months, we experience some amazing things…

Positive behavior
Higher levels of self-esteem
More interest in school
The ability to be a girl and just have fun!
And so much more…

At the end of the program year, we hold an event, Girls Night Out,  to celebrate our Capital Region Girls. Staff, parents, community members, and supporters gather to enjoy dinner and recognize their achievements.

Girl of the Year – Schenectady

The Gladys Jameson Girl of the Year Award for 2018 was presented to Oluwatosin Osipitan. 

Tosin is 11 and in the 6th grade at Oneida Middle School. Tosin recently moved from Nigeria. She started the year off very shy both here and at her school. She struggled to connect with people because of a small language barrier, and the fact that she’s new to the country. Since her first day at Girls Inc., Tosin has been AMAZING. She leads by example, does her work, exudes respect and empathy for her peers and teachers, always tries, and supports other girls. Tosin makes sure to give everything her all, even though her circumstances would’ve made it understandable for her to sit in the background. Tosin has formed genuine friendships at Girls Inc. and has also given each staff member something to look forward to each day. Her kind, positive energy is exactly what is needed!

 

 

Girl of the Year – Albany

The Winifred Downey Girl of the Year Award for 2018 was presented to Nyasia Surgick. 

Nyasia, age 12, is consistently thoughtful, helpful and respectful. At age 6, Nyasia came to Girls Inc. one day wearing a “Girls Can Change The World” shirt, and she is doing just that. Nyasia is intelligent, funny, and a positive role model for our younger members. She is not afraid to speak up if she sees someone doing something that they shouldn’t. She is more concerned with doing the right thing than “looking cool”. This earned Nyasia a great deal of respect in her peer group and they voted her “Girls Inc. President” last year. She is always willing to lend a hand and help someone in need. Congratulations to this amazing future leader!