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To inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold.
Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County (Girls Inc. of WCCC) has served over 6,000 girls of West County for over 38 years.
Originally the agency was called the Richmond Girls Club. However, in 1985 the agency changed its name to Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County. With the help of corporations, foundations, community and private donors, many programs flourished and capital improvements were made to the physical plant; PG&E and Chevron were responsible for installing a computer laboratory and developing the playground; The Ed and Susan Lowe foundation were responsible for the remodeling of the main office and classrooms to accommodate the growing needs of the agency. Most recently, Home Depot installed new flooring in all classrooms and offices, painting throughout the building and new landscaping of the agency grounds.
Working in conjunction with local high schools, Girls Inc. of WCCC has made an extensive effort to reach girls ages 14-18 to inform them about college readiness and the Girls Inc. National Scholars Program. As a result of the outreach efforts of Girls Inc. of WCCC, nine participants have been recognized as national scholars and have received scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. During 2006, Girls Inc. of WCCC had three $10,000 scholarship recipients, more than any other Girls Inc. affiliate in the nation.
The history of Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County is one of pride, purpose and promise. We look forward to continued growth in the future, keeping alive the infinite possibility of girls becoming "Strong, Smart and Bold."