Since 1938, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama (formerly Girls Club Inc. of Birmingham) has provided places and programs where school age girls of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds participate in wholesome activities. We help girls develop to their fullest potential, enrich their relationships with others, and grow to be responsible and productive members of the community. Girls Inc. helps girls gain new skills, develop self-confidence, and learn to compete in an ever-expanding world. Girls are exposed to our programming through center-based participation and outreach community-based forums provided to schools, clubs, and churches. We offer two year-round programs providing both after-school and summer curriculum. At our Girls Inc. Crestwood Center, we serve girls from in and around the Birmingham area. In Bessemer, our partnership with Jonesboro Elementary School allows us to provide center-based curriculum and instruction to girls there. In addition, we host a summer program in Walker County. Our Outreach department, which canvases three counties, partners with area elementary, middle, and high schools. We regularly visit classrooms, sharing information from each of our program areas. Membership in Girls Inc. is open to any school age girl regardless of background. Programs are offered to attract members from 6 to 18 years old. The average girl participates for seven years.