Girls Inc. Summer Program (Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara photo)

Noozhawk has put together our annual ParentNooz After School Activities Guide. Our guide takes the stress out of planning your child’s after school schedule by providing you with all the necessary information when deciding on which after school program is the best fit.

To help give parents more information about after school programs in Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk has conducted a series of interviews with representatives of local programs for this year’s After School Activities Guide.

In this interview, Noozhawk spoke with Roxanne Pereira, Lead Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara to learn more about their after school programs.

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Question: What is the mission behind your after school program?

Answer: Our mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our evidence-based programming provides opportunities for girls to follow their curiosities, cultivate their strengths and build leadership skills

Q: When was your program started and what was the inspiration for creating it?

A: Girls Inc. has been serving the greater Santa Barbara community for 65 years! Our trained and trusted professionals mentor girls in a safe, inclusive, pro-girl environment that fosters respect and amplifies the voices of girls.

Q: What is the age range for children to take part in your after school activity or program?

A: Our TK-6 After School Program is transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.

Q: Describe a typical day or schedule of your after school activity/program.

A: Our After School program focuses on academic enrichment, and social & emotional learning that helps girls build confidence and leadership skills in a pro-girl environment.

Q: What is the average program size or class size for your activity? What is your teacher to student ratio?

A: Our TK-6 After School program has a 14:1 girl-to-staff ratio, girls enjoy trusting relationships with their mentors.

Q: What is the protocol for bringing on a new employee or teacher? How are employees vetted before joining your program?

A: Our staff interview and extensive onboarding includes a criminal background check and DEI training as well as facilitator training to foster a pro-girl environment in every classroom.

Q: In what ways is your program educational?

A: Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique biases and obstacles girls face.

Q: Describe what makes your after school program unique and worthwhile?

A: Our TK-6 After School program offers hands-on enrichment fun in a pro-girl environment! Team building and leadership, sports and movement, STEAM, and more!

Q: What is the date range and hours of your after school activity or program?

A: Our After-School program is open from the time of school dismissal to 5:30 p.m between the months of August through June.

Q: What is the cost/tuition? Are scholarships available?

A: Our full-time registration (3 days or more) is $140 per week and our part-time registration (2 days or less) is $85 per week.

Yes, we offer scholarships.

Click here to learn more about Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and their after school programs!