Inspiring a Future Generation of Leaders

By Giving List Staff   |   October 28, 2021

At Girls Inc. Carpinteria, the work of empowering girls to ensure they have the tools to reach their full potential has a long-standing tradition. Girls Inc. serves girls ages 5-18 through after-school, summer, and enrichment programs that inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. outreach programs in partnership with the Carpinteria Unified School District provide literacy intervention to girls in K-3rd grade, ensuring girls are on track to read at grade level. Their work continues into middle and high school, where the nonprofit’s paid staff provides comprehensive sexual education to young women and men. Another pillar is Eureka!, an intensive, five-year STEM-based education program in which Carpinteria girls receive hands-on support in science, technology, engineering, and math starting in the eighth grade and seeing them through the end of high school. Combining college and career preparation, the program exposes girls to diverse career paths and a continual support system as they navigate the high school years, begin to establish life goals, and look ahead to higher education.

The Carpinteria nonprofit also hosts multiple community workshops in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit institutions to connect the community and families to local resources and provide education on topics such as scholarship assistance, substance-abuse prevention, and parent workshops. 

“The unique thing about Carpinteria is that we are small enough that we are really able to build a resource hub around our families,” says Executive Director Jamie Collins.

The focus on early developmental support is crucial, Collins says, providing more than 1,000 youth each year in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County with the foundation they need to grow up healthy, educated, and independent by encouraging girls to discover and develop their inherent strengths.

Collins tells the story of a single father who in 2021 put his young daughter into the Girls Inc. Summer Program. The family received a one hundred percent scholarship to the program, preparing the young girl for kindergarten while the father searched for a job to get back on his feet.

By the end of the summer, the father sent a thank-you card that remains in the Girls Inc. Carpinteria office today.

“My accident-prone, constant complainer, never prepared, always late child is now ready for kindergarten,” the card reads. “Without each one of you, I truly would have had a different summer and I’ll be forever thankful.”


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A Once-In-a-Generation Opportunity

More than three-quarters of girls served by Girls Inc. Carpinteria are on some type of scholarship assistance. In 2021-22, the nonprofit plans to give around $125,000 worth of scholarships.

Executive Director Jamie Collins shares her vision that every girl in Carpinteria between kindergarten and the 12th grade has the opportunity to attend at least one Girls Inc. program. Financial support, Collins says, is even more crucial today as families recover from the economic loss caused by COVID-19.

“It’s going to take years and in some cases generations for families to recover,” Collins says. “The more that we can support our families with scholarship assistance, the more we can help shape future generations and help families recover from the pandemic.”

When you support Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, you invest in creating a positive, transformational experience for local girls. The Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Your support will help us expand our reach and cultivate the next generation of female leaders.


The mission of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programs empower girls and women to achieve personal, social, political, and economic success. In partnership with schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and at our Girls Inc. campus in Carpinteira, we focus on the development of the whole girl. Our comprehensive approach helps girls to value themselves, take risks, and discover and develop their inherent strengths.
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Executive Director: Jamie Collins

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The Girls Inc. Eureka! program took my cohorts on a trip to Washington, D.C. On this trip, we had the opportunity not only to go sightseeing, but also to speak with office staff of then-Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Salud Carbajal. As I walked up the steps to the Capitol Building, I had the moment of realization that Girls Inc. had prepared me for. This trip was a culmination of everything that I had ever learned about democracy and advocacy through Girls Inc. They taught me that my voice is powerful and my experiences matter.
Laura Flores
Class of 21 Eureka! program

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Avantor Sciences Foundation
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City of Carpinteria
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Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Linked Foundation
Lori Pearce
Mericos Foundation
Mithun Foundation
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Orfalea Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Seaman Family
Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation
Whale Beach Foundation
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