Girls Take the Lead

By her sophomore year of high school, Sarahi Larios Cruz had already experienced family disruption, racism and systemic inequity, but […more…]

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Mission

To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our vision: empowered girls in an equitable society.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

“I share Girls Inc.’s vision of empowered girls in an equitable society, and support their work to encourage girls to learn and pursue higher education and careers in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields, in which women are widely underrepresented. Girls Inc. offers a pro-girl environment, mentoring relationships, and programs designed to encourage girls to break gender stereotypes and see the world of opportunity that awaits them. A Girls Inc. girl understands the importance of life-long learning and leadership, work-force readiness, creativity, and solid life-skills.”
– Lynda Weinman

Creating New Paths to Serve Girls and Teens

Girls Inc. is dedicated to making its vision of empowered girls in an equitable society a reality for all families in the Santa Barbara community and beyond. CEO Barbara Ben-Horin and her staff share three goals for Girls Inc. programs:
• To expand program delivery beyond the walls of the organization’s centers, serving girls and teens in schools, at community centers, and through other social sector strategic partnerships in Santa Barbara;
• To expand its outreach geographically to make programming available and accessible in underserved areas throughout Santa Barbara County;
• To ultimately offer programming free of charge to all girls and teens and their families.
With a $7 million investment, the organization can clear the existing mortgage on its Goleta Valley Center, fund its endowment to support operations during the transition to a no-fee service model, and fund multiple start-up and satellite programs locally and in North County to serve a greater number of youth with impact.

Board of Directors

Meredith Beitz
Carol Brumberger
Vanessa Garcia
Tracy Jenkins, President
Betsy Manger
Amber Ortiz, Vice President
Amie Parrish
Sue Pilkington, Secretary
Paul Portney, Treasurer
Luz Reyes-Martin
Christi R. Sulzbach