Girls Inc. of Rapid City

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Girls Inc. of Rapid City
120 East Adams St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

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Youth & Family Services
Girls Inc. of Rapid City
PO Box 2813
Rapid City, SD 57709-2813

Health Connections

Health Connections is an innovative program offered to girls ages 5-15, with unmet health needs. This program addresses physical, mental and social health needs by connecting girls with service providers in the community. Girls are referred to the program by school counselors, teachers, parents, and health and social service agencies.
Each girl is assigned an advocate who will:
• Connect her with the appropriate medical, dental, and mental health care services within the community.
• Offer referrals for tutoring or other services to meet her individual needs.
• Work closely with her family and school to ensure her success.
• Assist her in learning and developing patterns of behavior that will enhance her health.
• Emphasize the value of regular school attendance and good study habits.
• Instill the importance of responsibility, self-esteem, and community involvement.

Operation Smart

Girls Inc. Developed Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) on a national level in the mid-1980s in response to the shortage of women entering careers in scientific, mathematical, engineering and technical fields.
Key Components
• Assume girls are interested in science, math & technology
• Let girls make big, interesting decisions
• Help girls get past the "yuck" factor - let them get their hands dirty and conduct experiments
• Expect girls to succeed


Girls in grades K-4 who have been identified as reading below grade level are eligible to receive extra hands-on activities and support to increase their skills and help them form good study habits.
This window of time is especially crucial as research has shown that children who are not at grade level by third grade will continue to struggle in school, are more likely to fall behind, and are less likely to graduate than their peers.

Girls Inc. Bill of Rights

• Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
• Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
• Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success.
• Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
• Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
• Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.