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100-yr Celebration of
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires

To see old photos and share stories, visit our Facebook page! 

Upcoming events

April 20
Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Good News Business Salute
Crown Plaza Pittsfield

May 5
Celebration Evening- Honoring Beth Mitchell
Berkshire Museum
See details.

July 30
12 pm - 4 pm
B.Y.O.P. (picnic!) Camp Reunion & Open House
(rain date Sunday, July 31st)
Reconnect with old friends & make new ones at Camp Stevenson-Witawentin on Onota Lake
600 Churchill Street, Pittsfield

Fun for the whole family!
Swimming • Games • Face painting • Watermelon
RSVP on Facebook.com/BrighamCenter or by calling 413-442-5174, ext. 12

For more info: 413-442-5174, ext. 12 or by email.

Aug. 28
Brigham Center @ Pittsfield Colonials
“Non Profit of the Game”
2pm game vs. Newark Bears

Sept. 12
Greylock Golf Tournament
The Brigham Center will be the recipient of the 33rd Annual Bees Prendergast Memorial Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Pittsfield

Sept. 15-17
Girl Inc. Region III Conference
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires will be hosting National Girls Inc. affiliates representing Canada through Virginia at this annual national program.

Sept. 15
Go Girl & Pittsfield 250 Third Thursday
Comprehensive Girls Inc./Pittsfield 250 theme                

Sept. 16
Go Girl Gala
Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield
Girls Inc. of the Berkshires is celebrating 100 years of inspiring girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold®
Cocktails • Dinner • Dancing to the tunes of The Jeff King Band

Laurie Norton Moffat as Alumna of the Year
Lorinda Mazur as Volunteer of the Year

For more info contact Bethany Pelletier
at 413-442-5174, ext. 12 or by email.

Oct. 15
Bizarre Bazaar
Annual craft fair and fundraiser for the Brigham Center


Mission ProgramsEvents

Download application to apply for a $1,000 college scholarship for graduating female seniors. We will award a total of 8 scholarships.

Our Celebration Evening will be on May 5, 2011.
See details.

Inspiring all girls
to be strong, smart, and bold.SM

Although we have changed our name to be more inclusive of our varied programs, we remain committed to meeting the special needs of girls. Accordingly, we are still an affiliate of National Girls Incorporated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our program shares this mission and we offer innovative programs that help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. Specific national programs address resisting harmful substances, community action, teen pregnancy prevention, science, math & technology, sports and fitness, media messages, self-defense and violence prevention, lifeskills, economic literacy and financial concepts. This program serves girls ages 5-18 with a specific emphasis on teens.


Girls Inc. Operation SMART® builds girls' skills and interest in science, math, and technology. Hands-on activities give girls the opportunity to explore, ask questions, and solve problems. Components of Operation SMART include: Eureka!®, GirlsLinkSM, GirlsLink Gets SMART, Girls Dig It, and Career Action.

Girls Inc. Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy® helps girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy. The program fosters girls' communication skills, provides basic health education, and encourages girls to plan for the future through four age-appropriate components: Growing TogetherSM, Will Power/Won't Power®, Taking Care of BusinessSM, and Health BridgeSM. The first two components have been translated into Spanish as Crecer Juntas and Querer/Poder Decir "no".

Girls Inc. Media Literacy® encourages girls to think critically about media messages and fosters their awareness of the scope and power of the media and its effects of girls and women. Girls gain media literacy skills that enhance their ability to critically examine and advocate for change in entertainment, news and advertising media.

Girls Inc. Project Bold® strengthens girls' abilities to lead safer lives. Girls develop strategies for self-defense (including physical techniques), for seeking out and talking with caring adults about personal violence, and for advocating on violence issues for girls and young women. Age-appropriate components include Kid-Ability!TM (Kid Jr.), Action for SafetySM and Taking Action.

Girls Inc. Economic Literacy® introduces girls as young as six to basic financial concepts, including money management and investment. The program explores how money affects us locally and globally as it fosters development of the skills needed to be financially self-sufficient.

Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion® builds girls' skills for resisting pressure to use harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household chemicals and other drugs. The two-part substance abuse prevention program teaches girls ages 11 to 14 healthy ways to manage stress and confront peer, media and other pressures. The girls then assume roles as PEERsuaders for younger girls.

Girls Inc. Sporting Chance® builds movement and athletic skills, cooperative and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest in all sports as girls explore career opportunities related to sports and experience the benefits of healthy risk taking. The program lays a foundation for a lifetime of sports participation through two age-appropriate programs: SteppingstonesSM and BridgesSM.

Girls Inc. Discovery Leadership® partners girls and women in community action projects chosen by girls, building leadership skills and creating lasting change. This leadership development program for girls ages 9 to 11 celebrates the heritage of girls and women as leaders, and fosters girls awareness of themselves as community resources and trustees of the common good.

For more information on these programs, click here to visit the Girls Inc. National site.


Celebration Evening Fundraiser
She Knows Where She's Going Award and Scholarship Ceremony sponsored by Girls Inc. of the Berkshires

See details

Educational opportunity has always been an important part of the Girls Inc. mission. In 1990, the First annual Celebration Luncheon was held to honor area women and award college scholarships to county high school seniors. Nominate a woman you know who Knows Where She’s Going! Contact the Brigham Center for more information.

Expanding Your Horizons
Hands-on Science and Math
for Girls in Grades 7 and 8

Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
See details

The Expanding Your Horizons Conference held at Berkshire Community College provides hands-on workshops in math and science and non-traditional careers for over 200 girls each year. We are always looking for professional woman in interesting career fields to present workshops. Please contact Christa Collier at 442-5174 if you are interested.

For more info, contact Sarah Gillooly
413-442-5174, ext. 17 or by email.

Girls Inc. Online
extends Girls Inc. research-based programming to girls everywhere in a safe, membership-based web community where members share and connect on message boards, meet inspiring women, and participate in fun activities.

Click here for details.

GIRLS INC. - Touching Lives For Over 100 Years

From humble beginnings as the Young Women’s Home Association in 1911 on Bank Row to our current location at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center on East Street, Girls Inc. has grown into the premiere leadership program in Berkshire County for girls and young women. Each year more than 900 girls from 22 towns and at 17 sites take part in our programs.

So while our name has changed over the years, our mission of inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold” has remained.


Girls Bill of Rights

Girls have a right to be themselves - people first and females second - and to resist pressure to behave in sex-stereotyped ways.

Girls have a right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

Girls have a right to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.

Girls have a right to accept and enjoy the bodies they were born with and not to feel pressured to compromise their health in order to satisfy the dictates of an "ideal" physical image.

Girls have a right to be free of vulnerability and self-doubt and to develop as mentally and emotionally sound individuals.

Girls have a right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

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