In order to inspire girls and young women to be strong, smart and bold, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria seeks to empower girls and women to achieve personal, social, economic and political success. We strive to inspire critical thinking and progressive action in their lives. All programming is specifically designed to support this mission, to intentionally change girls’ lives and their world. In addition, our organization actively advocates for the elimination of gender barriers that limit girls’ options and involves them as agents of community change.
Girls Incorporated was founded in Carpinteria in 1971 as a summer camp for 33 girls. The club incorporated in 1974, began year-round programming in 1975, purchased a 2-bedroom house in 1978 and affiliated with Girls Clubs of America in 1982. In 1990, Girls Clubs changed its name to Girls Incorporated and our affiliate followed suit. In 1994, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria began a $2.4 million capital campaign resulting in the building of a 16,000 square foot facility, which tripled its programming capacity. Currently, Girls Inc. serves over 700 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County.