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Fuel Her Fire Goes Virtual

Join us on October 21 from the comfort of your own home for a powerful 1-hour Fuel Her Fire Virtual Event. The event gives viewers a “behind the scenes” look at what the Girls Inc. Experience is all about. Hear from our girls, families, staff, and community partners involved in our programming and why it’s important for our Capital Region communities. The event will stream live from 7:30-8:30 pm on our Facebook page and through our Youtube Channel. We hope to see you there!

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Fall After-School Programs

Registration is underway for K-12 grade girls to participate in our fall after-school programs at our Albany and Schenectady centers. Space is limited due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, so register quickly! Schenectady after-school programs begin September 21 and Albany after-school programs begin September 29. Registrations forms can be filled out online, downloaded, and emailed to our staff. Get all the details:

Albany Information and Registration Forms
Schenectady Information and Registration Forms


Matching Gift Challenge!

Donate $50 or more to the Girls Inc. Experience Challenge and Bill & Linda Newman from Atrium Financial Group will match your gift up to $10,000!

“We got involved with Girls Inc. because, as the parents of two daughters, we believe every girl should have access to the same educational opportunities, support systems, and resources that help girls reach their full potential,” said Bill Newman. “Nearly 65% of the girls served by Girls Inc. are from households with an annual income at or below the poverty level. Providing free programs that empower girls to flourish academically, psychologically, and socially opens up a world of opportunity for them to succeed that they might not have had otherwise.”

“Our programs are open to all girls in the Greater Capital Region, and they are particularly vital for girls in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill and Albany’s Arbor Hill and South End communities,” said Ashli Fragomeni executive director of Girls Inc. “Our centers are located in the heart of these downtown neighborhoods and want every girl to know we are here to support them.”

The Girls Inc. Experience currently offers 6 weeks of free summer programming for girls grades K-8 and free after-school programming in the fall and spring for girls grades K-12. Girls Inc. also provides a free 5-year STEM learning program called Eureka! for girls grades 8-12 that helps prepare them for the next steps in their education after high school.

“Our research-based programs incorporate topics like self-reliance and life skills, sports and physical activity, health and sexuality, personal and leadership development, and career and life planning,” said Fragomeni. “Our goal is to reach as many Capital Region girls as possible to help them discover and develop their inherent strengths and use them to fuel their futures.”

During the Girls Inc. Experience Challenge, the organization is taking its community outreach mobile on Wednesdays in an effort to give parents a chance to talk with Girls Inc. mentors and staff in a casual environment. From 1-3 pm on July 8th (this date was changed to July 10 from 12-2 pm due to thunderstorms), 15th, and 22nd (this date has been changed to August 19 from 1-3 pm due to thunderstorm warnings) staff will be in Schenectady’s Central Park near the playground. From 1-3 pm on July 29 and August 5 and 12 staff will be in Albany’s Washington Park near the playground.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for family households and for non-profits like ours,” said Fragomeni. “We’re thankful for the support from donors like Bill and Linda that not only allow us to expand our programming but keep it free of charge for Capital Region families.”

The Girls Inc. Experience Challenge runs for 6 weeks from July 6 – August 14, 2020. Gifts of $50 or more made during that time will be matched up to $10,000 by Bill and Linda Newman from Atrium Financial Group.

Learn more about registering for Summer Fun
Learn more about registering for After-School Programs
Learn more about registering for Eureka!


Register for Girls Inc. Eureka!

Girls heading into 8th grade in Fall 2020 can register now for our FREE Eureka! program. This unique 5-year program in conjunction with the University at Albany, provides girls with a gentle introduction to STEM learning, personal development, sports/physical activity, mentorship, and career exploration. The Eureka! program is designed to prepare girls for the next step in their education after high school. Girls have tremendous opportunities to learn more about themselves and the world around them in a sisterhood of peers. Applications are available now through September 15th for any girl entering 8th grade in 2020, from any school district throughout the Capital Region.


A Letter to our Capital Region Girls Inc. Community

To our Girls Inc. Friends, Families, Supporters, and Partners:

We are heartbroken. We are heartbroken for George Floyd and his family, and for people of color all across this country – and the world – who have been scarred by racism. We are horrified and angered by the racial injustice and inequality that remains prevalent in our society. It’s easy to feel helpless during a time when fear, rage, and grief can undermine our ability to enact lasting change.

But we feel hopeful and empowered – particularly by young people – rising up in peaceful protest and using their voices to say “enough.” We are reminded that the work we do every day at Girls Inc. is a vehicle for change, as we mentor and inspire girls to share their own voices with the world and be heard. We believe girls are powerful and we remain focused on helping them stand up for what they believe in and become role models in their schools and communities.

We stand beside our girls in helping them establish a vital foundation for healthy habits – learning to value themselves and make positive choices – ensuring they grow up and remain strong. We are resolute in ensuring girls develop the skills and mindsets needed to overcome serious challenges, debate charged situations, and to set and achieve their goals. We work hard to address the systematic barriers that hold girls back and give them the tools for civic engagement. The programming we provide builds safe spaces and fosters long-term mentoring relationships for girls to develop their strengths, learn lasting skills, and take charge of their futures. From healthy decision-making and critical thinking to perseverance and leadership, we advance and invest in their success.

The girls we serve need to grow up believing the world can be changed and that they are influencers of that change. Recent events force us to face the harsh and uncomfortable reality that we still do not live in an equitable world. But every day is an opportunity to create one by empowering and educating the generations who will follow us.

Ashli Fragomeni
Executive Director
Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region


2020 Summer Fun Experience

Register your K-8th grade girl by June 22 for the 2020 Summer Fun Experience! The Summer Fun Experience begins on July 6 and ends on August 14.

Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region’s summer programming will look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Summer Fun Experience for girls grades K-8 will be a hybrid of hands-on programming from home and occasional field trips as area businesses and attractions reopen.

“Despite Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement permitting day camps to open, we know that parents still have some hesitancy and social distancing concerns,” said Ashli Fragomeni, Girls Inc.’s Executive Director. “The health and safety of the girls and families we serve remain our top priority.”

Normally, our two centers in Albany and Schenectady provide an in-person day camp in July and August with trained staff and a weekly fee for participants. This year, we have reimagined how to temporarily provide the programming without the daily face-to-face component, and we are offering the new Summer Fun Experience for FREE to girls grades K-8.

“Our goal is to connect with as many Capital Region girls as possible,” said Fragomeni. “With the many social and economic challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our local communities, we’re thrilled that our supporters have made it possible for us to provide this free opportunity to girls during this unprecedented time.”

The Girls Inc. Summer Fun Experience is a 6-week program that offers themed activity bags every week for pick-up in the Schenectady and Albany centers. The bags include weekly snacks and all the supplies needed for immersive activities on a variety of topics that allow girls to explore, discover, and imagine. From learning about animals and gems to exploring future careers, or the way chemistry impacts baking, girls will have fun while learning. As corresponding field trips are scheduled, parents and guardians will be notified.

The deadline to register a K-8th grade girl is June 22. The Summer Fun Experience begins on July 6 and ends on August 14. Get all the detailed information and application.


Online Auction – May 5

STAY HOME and SPRING into our online auction on May 5! With more than 35 items up for grabs there’s something for everyone! Register as a bidder anytime between now and May 5, then return on Tuesday, May 5 to start placing your bids. Your support impacts the futures of hundreds of Capital Region girls who need our centers to return to when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Together, we can inspire all girls to be Stronger, Smarter, and Bolder than ever before!


The 2020 Fuel Her Fire Virtual Event

Due to the challenges facing our country this year, we not only combined but ReImagined, our special events. Join us for what will truly be the biggest Girls Inc. event of the year!

Our ReImagined Fuel Her Fire Virtual Event is scheduled for October, 21st from 7:30- 8:30pm. The event will stream on our Facebook page and our YouTube Channel. Get all the details about this exciting event!


Schenectady & Albany Afterschool Programs are Cancelled

Albany City School District is closed for the remainder of the school year. Girls Inc. Albany center will be closed during this time.

Schenectady City School District is closed for the remainder of the school year. Girls Inc. Schenectady center will be closed during this time.

Please check back for updates at summer programs. Thank you.


Schenectady After-School Programs Cancelled Today

The Schenectady City School District has cancelled all after-school programming today, therefore the after-school programs at our Schenectady Center are also cancelled for today.

Our Administrative offices in Schenectady are closing at 1 pm.

Our Albany Center is closing at 4:30 pm today and after-school programs in the Albany Center will end at that time today.