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1011 21st Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
TEL: 941.747.5757
FAX: 941.251.4913

Just for Girls' Leadership and Learning Centers are open from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Girls Stepping Up to Success (SUS)

Girls develop resiliency through physical safety, a supportive and nurturing environment, academic skill building, high quality homework help, engaging activities, conflict resolution skills, positive social experiences, and supportive relationships with adults in our out-of-school time programs. Elements of this program include:

-KidzLit, a research-based literacy program specifically designed for the afterschool environment.

-Enrichment activities such as creative and performing arts, health and fitness, life skills, games, and free play.

-Protective factors are built through group settings that provide supportive relationships, opportunities to belong, and activities that promote skill building.

-Positive social norms are built through rules, expectations, and experiences that promote decision making, problem solving, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Girls Alternative Program for Success (GAPS)

GAPS gives girls the opportunity to achieve long-term academic success with alternative education programs designed to meet their needs. Studies show that girls who attend gender-specific education programs reap the advantages of expanded educational opportunity, custom-tailored learning and instruction, and greater autonomy in their adult relationships.

GAPS opens up a world of possibilities for girls who are having difficulty in traditional co-ed classroom settings, and allows them to explore subjects and interests they may otherwise be deterred from due to social factors. Comprehensive academics and a strong focus on the prevention of risk factors enables and empowers girls to take ownership of their academic and professional futures.

GAPS for 6th-8th grades has achieved successful results in pregnancy and substance abuse prevention, improved grades and study habits, as well as setting and achieving personal and academic goals.
GAPS for K-5th grades has achieved successful results in early study habits, math and reading gains, and improved empathy, teamwork and leadership.

For additional information on the benefits of gender-specific education for girls, read HERE and HERE.

Preventing Teenage Pregnancy / Baby Think It Over

The Baby Think It Over Program helps middle-school girls experience the real challenges of parenthood as they care for an infant-simulator that behaves and needs to be cared for like a real infant. This program is highly effective in preventing teen pregnancy.


Girls learn to achieve with remedial education during after school, full day, and summer programs. Tutors provide extra help in math, English, computer learning, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) questions, and other subjects.

Girls who received Summer Tutoring in 2013:

100% stated that it helped them feel more confident in the subject.

100% stated that the tutoring had helped them learn how to study better.

Abuse Prevention

Children who live with the fear and burden of domestic violence receive counseling services through collaboration with HOPE Family Services. Teens and Tweens also participate in a Dating Violence Prevention Program where they learn to recognize warning signs of dating violence and skills to protect themselves.


Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy offers girls a creative education outside the classroom that focuses on Relationships, Leadership and Service. Equine Assisted Learning builds confidence and trust and inspires a more conscious and conscientious view of the cooperative world around us.

Health & Nutrition

Teaches girls ages 9-12 about the importance of nutrition, physical fitness, reproductive health, the dangers of substance abuse, and the recognition that each individual is responsible for her own health.

Parent and Peer Solutions

Provides parent support and education with peer counseling to teach and encourage prevention of A.I.D.S., pregnancy, school dropout, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Sports & Recreation

Builds girls' competitive spirit, team playing skills, leadership ability, and knowledge of the benefits of fitness through participation in traditional and nontraditional sports.

For more information on programming and volunteer opportunities, call (941) 747-5757 or email JustforGirls@myjfg.org

JFG's Alternative Education Program for 6th-8th grades is made possible in part
by a grant from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

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