Inspiring girls on Long Island to be strong, smart and bold.
Shaija Mills currently serves as Program Coordinator for Girls Inc. of Long Island. Shaija has always been a dedicated worker for and with children, which is evident in her career history. She has worked her way up the childcare ladder from interning in infant rooms, to counseling summer camps and after-schools, to mentoring high schoolers with their transitions to college and, lastly, as Assistant Director for a Boys and Girls Club.
At the Boys and Girls Club, Shaija led and facilitated the SMART Girls program for elementary school girls. There, she acted as a mentor and sounding board for girls as they talked through the various social, emotional and physical issues that went along with growing up. In this position, Shaija also championed the dance and gymnastics programs as well as many of the administrative capacities involved with running a not-for-profit after-school program.
As a graduate of Miss Hall’s School, an all-girls boarding college preparatory school, Shaija truly understands the mission of Girls Inc. in wanting every girl to feel strong, smart and bold. She is an advocate for girls rights not only in the classroom but in the global sphere.
Shaija graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She minored in Creative Writing and American Sign Language. Shaija’s future plans are to return to school for her Master’s in Child/Youth Development and use that knowledge to have a greater impact in the lives of youth.