Yvette Nechvatal-Drew, Executive Director
Girls Inc. of Durham is a part of Girls Incorporated, the North American network of over 88 Girls Inc. affiliates, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
Today, girls continue to encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. In fact, right here in Durham: 570 teen girls become pregnant every year; 78% of girls under age 17 are unhappy with their bodies; 1 in 5 children live in poverty; and most startling of all perhaps, is that 1 in 4 girls will be the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Every day, in communities across the Durham Region, Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing real solutions to the unique issues girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of the people, environment, and programming that, together, empowers girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Through curriculum-based in-school classes, after-school programs, summer and March Break day camps, workshops, seminars, and community events, Girls Inc. of Durham served over 822 girls aged 6 to18 from Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, and Ajax in 2021 during the pandemic.