A message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It’s been a bit since I've had the opportunity to share all the wonderful happenings here at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria! We’ve had a busy few months, and I’m excited to catch you up on our recent activities and achievements.

Inaugural Fuel Her Fire Event

In April, we hosted our inaugural Fuel Her Fire event, which was an incredible success. The energy and enthusiasm from our community were truly inspiring. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us make this event unforgettable.

Celebrating 160 Years of Girls Inc.

In May, we proudly celebrated 160 years of Girls Inc. programming across the nation. This milestone reminds us of the enduring impact of our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We reflected on the remarkable achievements of our girls and the difference we make together. Thank you again to our local partners who generously contributed a portion of their proceeds during Girls Inc. Week and to all of you who donated towards the Girls Inc. Together collaborative fundraiser! Your enthusiasm and support has helped us lift up the voices of our girls and provide them with the necessary resources to prepare for the future they envision.

Pride Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

June is Pride Month, and we are proud to stand as an ally organization, committed to supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. At Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, we believe in fostering an inclusive environment where every girl feels seen, heard, and valued. Read more about our commitment below.

What’s Next?

As we move into June, we have a lot more in store. We’re kicking off our summer camps, Eureka! program, and athletic enrichment opportunities. These programs are designed to keep our girls engaged, learning, and growing throughout the summer. Think of it as summer vacation with a turbo boost!

Additionally, we’re excited about the campus renovations happening, including a full kitchen remodel (because who doesn't love a good before-and-after?), a multi-purpose room remodel, and new fencing to enhance the safety and security of our facility. We promise the construction noises are just the sounds of progress!

Thank you for being part of the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria family. Together, we are creating a new generation of leaders!

Warm regards,

Jamie Collins

Executive Director

Upcoming Special Events!



Summer kickoff event is tomorrow!

Join us for a family-style picnic complete with burgers, activities, live music, and more!

Burgers by the Carpinteria Lions Club

Live music by: The Neighbors & Grupo Agresivos

Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase!

Join us in our courtyard and get comfortable—don't forget to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

Saturday, June 1st

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Girls Inc. of Carp Campus

Congrats 2024 Eureka! Graduates

We are SO proud to announce that our eighth cohort of Eureka! participants have graduated high school and are officially preparing to attend college this fall!!!

  • Liz Alpizar Farfan, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Vanessa Cardona, Santa Barbara City College
  • Camila Evangelina Hernandez-Sanchez, Santa Barbara City College
  • Alejandra Lira, Westmont College
  • Alanna Magee, Oxnard College
  • Jessemar Marquez, California State University, Long Beach
  • Natalie Martinez, Brown University
  • Danna Mora, University of California, San Diego
  • Isabel Nunez, Santa Barbara City College
  • Marisol Rodriguez, California Lutheran University
  • Isabella Velasquez, San Diego State University

Program Highlights

Upcoming/Ongoing Offerings

Apply to be a mentor!

Become a workplace mentor!

Workplace Mentors work with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to coordinate the placement of a dedicated teen at their place of business. These teens, called Externs, are part of our 5 year college bound program, Eureka!

Externship Dates: June 24-July 19

Schedule: Businesses set hours. Extern communicates with externship site/mentor if schedule changes are needed.

Requirements: $750 donation and provide 80 hours of work over 4 weeks (5 hours per day, Monday-Thursday). Girls Inc. provides girls with additional projects if girls finish assignments/work early.

Summer Camps are OPEN

Registration opens 3/4

Summer Session begins 6/17 - 8/16

Join us for a summer of fun, enrichment, and advocacy!

Enroll Today!

Join our Summer Water

Polo Team!

July 29th - August 2 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Girls Ages 8-12

Get ready to swim, score, and have fun in the water with us. Come join our team and learn the exciting sport of water polo. No experience needed!

Sign up for Water Polo today!

June is Pride Month

Girls Inc. knows how crucial it is for young people to have safe spaces in which they can learn and grow. We stand with LGBTQIA+ youth and continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of girls and all youth – especially those disproportionately impacted by harassment, violence, and trauma.

Girls have a right to positive, supportive environments and linkages to community resources for understanding and learning about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. All young people deserve a safe and supportive school environment, a life free from discrimination, and the right to show up as their authentic selves. As a core pillar of the Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights, we believe girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.

LGBTQIA+ youth are already at significantly increased risk for mental health disorders and suicide because they are too often mistreated and stigmatized by society. Laws that increase stigma, limit access to medical care, and even criminalize social and gender identity are, quite simply, bad for children, families, and communities. Youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Girls Inc. is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.

Here are some helpful LGBTQIA+ youth resources anytime

Vision: Empowered girls in an equitable society

Mission: To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Values: Community, Inclusion, Bold Advocacy, Intentionality

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