The Elementary School Program provides girls, grades K-8, with academic support, literacy focused programming and hands-on enrichment activities. Literacy is a cornerstone of our programming and is incorporated through all of the elementary school programs. Girls enjoy an environment that takes girls seriously and provides a chance for them to make new friends, learn new skills, ask questions and explore.

Our identity programs for the 2020-2021 School Year include Operation Smart, Project BOLD, and Media Literacy.

OPERATION SMART: Girls Inc. Operation SMART develops girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.

PROJECT BOLD: Through Girls Inc. Project BOLD, girls learn skills and strategies to lead safer lives in their homes, in relationships, in their communities, and online. Girls learn specific self-defense techniques and strategies as well as how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal and gender-based violence.

MEDIA LITERACY: Through Girls Inc. Media Literacy, girls increase their awareness of the scope and power of the media and the effects of media messages on girls and women. They learn to analyze what they see and hear in the media and advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising. Girls have the opportunity to create media that is realistic and reflective of their lives. They also learn about media-related careers and the positive use of the media.

For more information about Elementary Programs, please contact us at program@girlsincofchicago.org or 312-761-3816.