City of Fort Smith Spotlight of the Month is..


This dynamic organization is in partnership with schools in our community and at The Girls Inc. of Fort Smith Nancy Orr Center. One of their top priorities is to focus on the development of the “whole” girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develops her strengths.

The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Formed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also advocates for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.

Girls Inc. was founded in 1864. Over the years, they adapted to meet the specific challenges facing young women. Although times have changed Girls Inc. has always been and will always be about girls. Girls Inc. girls live healthy and active life styles and are less likely to engage in risky behavior, they are eager to learn, successful in school, and more likely to graduate from post-secondary education; they display diligence, perserverance and resilience

These girls are learning that education is power. Girls Inc. is helping teach these girls the skills of leadership and the importance of honesty, communication, confidence, commitment and having a positive attitude. They will be learning that a leader’s courage to fill their vision comes from their passion, not their position.

If you would like to know more information regarding Girls Inc. you may contact them at 479-782-0375 or by email

You can help make a difference – I did!  - Wendy Mathis