Community programs are open to all girls from across Long Island, regardless of whether or not they participate in our school-based programs.

Girls Inc. of Long Island community programs address all aspects of a girl’s life and helps her discover and develop her inherent strengths. As girls begin to develop confidence as learners, and build the foundation for academic success, they also form attitudes about themselves in relation to school and their peers, family, and social groups that can last throughout their lives. Programs empower girls to be leaders today and in their futures by helping them master foundational academic skills, practice healthy behaviors, and build positive relationships with peers and adults. Girls learn they can have a role in educating and bringing about change in their own lives as well as among their peers, families, communities, and beyond.


The next Bold Future Leaders cohort is scheduled to take place weekly on Saturday mornings November 2022-May 2023 with applications opening in October 2022. Bold Future Leaders brings together high school girls (grades 9-12) to develop strong leadership, advocacy, and college and career readiness skills. Our comprehensive approach helps develop girls’ interpersonal relationships, financial literacy, gain practical life skills, and confidence… thus equipping girls to become our community’s next leader, change-makers, and economically independent women. 

Topics covered in this program include: healthy relationships, goal-setting, resume writing, communication, career exploration, and budgeting & investing.

Participants must meet the attendance requirement of missing no more than 3 sessions throughout the program duration to remain in Bold Future Leaders.

This program is sponsored by Bank of America.

If you’re interested in participating in Bold Future Leaders, contact Susan Dunbar, Program Manager at [email protected]


BFL participants will learn the importance of monitoring self-care, time management, and managing the important steps toward self-reliance and success.

Adapting Communication Skills

BFL participants will improve their ability to listen and express themselves.

Civic Engagement

BFL participants will understand the importance of serving their community.


BFL participants will be able to discern their own needs and be able to communicate their needs to others.


BFL participants will learn to work effectively with others, and emerge as leaders in a group.


BFL participants will take responsibility for themselves and their actions.


BFL participants will take initiative and complete tasks on their own and will foster a sense of ability to do work on her own, and keep track of those responsibilities.

Requirements to enter:

BFL will remain an exclusive program offered by Girls Inc. of Long Island. Girls, both new and returning participants, must apply for the program each year. In order to be considered eligible for the program, girls must be in high school, grades 9-12, on Long Island.


Upon applying to the program, the participant must pay a $25 application fee. Upon being accepted, the participant must pay a $25 program fee, to include all program activities, materials, and t-shirt.


BFL is a program that will run weekly online, Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm from December through May. Participants may not miss more than 3 sessions.