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After-School

Open to girls ages 4-18, our after-school program allows girls from Kingsport City and Sullivan County Schools to become Strong, Smart, and Bold through weekly Girls Inc. programming. After-School programming includes transportation on vans to our facility from the child's school, a daily snack, free activity time, homework help, access to our in-house library & computer lab, and Girls Inc. National Programs. In addition to these daily activities, girls also get the opportunity to sign up for special activities such as bible classes, Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Girlbotics Lego League, Girls Inc. Mentoring, and monthly nursing home visits.


 Fees based on income.


After School Hours

Monday-Thursday - 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday - 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

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Summer

Open to girls ages 4-18 Girls Inc. Summer Program includes van transportation to and from the facility*, a daily breakfast, lunch, and snack for all girls, free activity time, two Girls Inc. program periods per day, weekly visits to the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and themed weeks. Girls will also get the chance to go on special field trips throughout the summer.


 Fees based on income.


Summer Hours

Monday-Friday - 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


*Only girls who live within a 5 mile radius to Girls Inc. of Kingsport will be picked up/dropped off on the van. Any girl who lives outside of this radius will need their own transportation.


Sign up for summer

Before School

Do you need to be at work before your child needs to be at school? Enroll her in the Girls Inc. Before School program! Girls who attend before school will be served breakfast, given homework help, and transported to the school they attend. 


Fees: $10 per day with a minimum of 3 days attendance per week.


Before School Hours

Monday-Friday - 6:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Sign up for before School

Outreach

Are you a school administrator who is interested in offering Girls Inc. National Programs to your students? Girls Inc. of Kingsport will send trained facilitators to your school to present the program of your choice to students in any grade. This service is available to Kingsport City Schools, Sullivan County Schools, Hawkins County Schools, and Scott County, Virginia Schools. 


Click below to contact the Outreach Program Director about bringing Girls Inc. to your school!

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Girls Inc. National Programs

Economic Literacy

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Girls learn to manage money, invest, and begin to develop an appreciation for global economics.  Girls as young as six explore how the economy affects us locally and globally and develop skills needed to be economically independent.  Girls learn these skills through four age-appropriate components:  "She’s on the Money", "Dollars, Sense and Me", "Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders", and "Futures and Options".

Friendly PEERsuasion

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Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals, and other drugs.  In this peer-education program, girls ages 11 to 14 learn healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media, and other pressures and then assume the roles of PEERsuaders for young girls.  

Healthy Sexuality

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Girls Inc. Healthy Sexuality will assist girls in understanding and embracing sexuality with a positive, empowered approach that is built on a foundation of accurate information, cultural sensitivity, and values of inclusiveness and respect. Girls will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful decisions about their sexual health.

Leadership & Community Action

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Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting social change through community action projects. In "Discovery", girls celebrate the heritage of girls and women as leaders and develop awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good. In "In Our Own Hands" girls ages deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one's community.

Media Literacy

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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 critically what they see and hear in the media, advocate for change in entertainment, news, and advertising media, and create images that are more realistic and reflective of their lives. Components of the program include: "Media and Me", "Media Smarts", "Girls Take Another Look", "Girls Get the Message", and "Girls Make the Message".

Operation SMART

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Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, and solve problems.  They also consider careers in these fields by interacting with women and men pursuing such careers.  Components of the program include: Eureka!, Girls Dig It, and Thinking SMART.

Project BOLD

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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 how to seek out and talk to caring adults about personal violence. Older girls also take on a community action project to advocate for a safer world for all women and girls. Components of the program include "Be BOLD" ,"Action for Safety" and "Living Safe and Strong".

Sporting Chance

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Girls learn to appreciate an active lifestyle as they develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in sports and adventure.  Girls also explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits and excitement of taking healthy risks.  Through three age-appropriate components—"Steppingstones", "Bridges", and "Girls encourage" —girls build a foundation for a lifetime of enjoying physical activity and participation in sports and adventure.

Literacy Initiative

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The Girls Inc. Literacy Initiative strives to improve the literacy skills of girls in kindergarten through third grade (K-3) by promoting a love of reading and providing fun and engaging programming that supports the school-based instruction that girls receive. 

The Literacy Initiative supports girls in building developmentally appropriate reading skills by the end of third grade so that they are equipped to succeed in school and participate more effectively in the Girls Inc. Experience.  Further, girls develop enthusiasm for reading as a tool to learn about the world and become healthy, educated, and independent.

Mind + Body Initiative

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Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies, and are entitled to thrive in communities that invest in their total physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Girls need access to information, resources, and skills to be effective partners in promoting their own healthy development. To help ensure that girls have the support that they need to take charge of their own health, Girls Inc. has launched "Girls Inc. Mind+Body", which focuses on four pillars that, according to research, play a major role in fortifying girls’ ability to develop and sustain strong minds and strong bodies. They are: nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and body image.

Girls Inc. Mentoring

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“Trusting Mentoring Relationships” is one of the essential elements of the Girls Inc. Experience.  It is a powerful and developmental tool that encourages and supports girls emotionally, academically and socially in achieving goals and reaching their highest potential. 

Girls Inc. utilizes a “Group Mentoring Model” which enhances the girls’ ability to share experiences, learn and grow with their peers and gain the confidence to pursue desired aspirations.

Meet Our Staff

Julie Wright-Short

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Executive Director


Gail Newland

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Program Director

Sara Mowell

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Director of Human Resources

Tasha Cleveland

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Assistant Program Director

Emily Mays

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Director of Operations

Susan Fleenor

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Outreach Director

Caitlin Ramsey

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Program Instructor

Taylor Payne

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Check-In & Program Instructor

Jessika Bailey

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Snack Coordinator

Board of Directors

Emily Thompson

Chair

Jack Vaughn

Vice Chair

Sador Black

Treasurer

Cindy Humphrey

Secretary

Karen Mills

Assistant Secretary

Casey Applebaum

Board Member

Kelsey Bartley

Board Member

Jaclyn Clendenen

Board Member

Lee Ann Davis

Board Member

Tori Smith

Board Member

Ashley Hobbs

Board Member

Katherine Hofmann

Board Member

Gale Manley

Board Member

Marla Morrison

Board Member

Danna Pearce

Board Member

Eric Donahue

Board Member

Edna Potts

Board Member

Richard Robinson

Board Member

Kristie Leonard

Board Member

Teresa Unick

Board Member

Marilyn Martin

Board Member

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