Girls Inc. of Long Island addresses 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. Girls Inc. of Long Island programming empowers 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.

Bold Future Leaders brings together high school girls (grades 9-12) to focus on leadership development and college and career preparedness in order to foster bold, successful future. The purpose of the Girls Inc. Bold Future Leaders is to provide a comprehensive opportunity for high school girls to develop strong leadership, advocacy, and college and career readiness skills. Our comprehensive approach will help to develop girls’ interpersonal relationships, leadership skills, essential life skills, and confidence, thus equipping girls to be our community’s next leaders and empowering them to be change-makers.

To apply for the 2019 – 2020 Bold Future Leaders Program, please click here and fill out the application.

Bold Future Leaders will tentatively start in January in two locations:

  • Nassau County: Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY 11530
  • Suffolk: Suffolk Community College, Crooked Hill Rd, Brentwood, NY 11717


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 in Long Island and hold at least a 2.5 GPA.

Each girl must complete an application including a current transcript and letter of recommendation. Each girl will complete a face-to-face interview with the program department. The program department will complete a phone screening with the parent/guardian of the girl.

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, meals and snacks, and a BFL t-shirt.

BFL is a program that will run bi-monthly from January through June. The Suffolk program will run at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm. The Nassau program will run at Nassau Community College in Garden City on Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm.

All meetings will be held at those locations with the exception of any conferences, College Tour and Community Service Day. Participants may not miss more than 3 sessions.