Smart Start Youth Employment Program
Smart Start is a life changing program that helps women+ from 15 to 30 set and achieve education and employment goals and work towards financial self-sufficiency. Smart Start participants are paid a training allowance, earn wages, and receive dependent care, transportation and other supports to enable them to focus on their future. If you are a woman+ living in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hastings or Prince Edward County, and are not currently working or in school, we encourage you to apply.

BOLD FUTURES is a new Girls Inc. Limestone program that helps women+ who self-identify as living with a physical, mental and/or developmental disability increase economic participation and financial independence. Disabilities include anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, and others.The Girls Inc. staff team also works directly with community employers through a range of supports to diversify workplaces and to create inclusive and accessible work environments for employees with disabilities.To find out more about both of these programs designed to increase the opportunities for financial independence, please click here for more detail and to apply.

Employers interested in hosting a Girls Inc. participant in their workplace can find out more by contacting:
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Girls Inc. Limestone welcomes all girls+ and women+ regardless of their assigned sex at birth. This includes those who are exploring their gender identity or expression or those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. please see our Human Resources Policy Statement and the Girls Inc. National Position Statement on Gender Identity.

Our Service Group for our programs listed below includes:
Girls Ed Program
Girls Ed provides prevention and intervention based programs for school-aged girls+ throughout our service district. Our programs are evidence-based and deliver experiences that help girls and young women navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Our programs are always free to ensure accessibility for all girls.

Groups for girls take place in a wide variety of formats including in school during class time, after school programs, lunch time programs, summer day camp, winter break and March break camps. We also provide individual and family support and an annual girl conference! You can learn more about our Girls Ed Program and the topics and support provided for community girls in our Agency Overview.To find out how you can host a Girls Ed group at your school or for a group of girls, please contact:

Justine Marchand, Girls Ed Program Manager
(613) 561-4487
• School-aged girls+ - typically 6 to 18
• Youth 15 to 30 - based on the Canadian federal definition of youth
• Families of Girls Inc. participants with no age limitations
• Women
+ experiencing trauma with no age limitations.
Charlotte Lees, Smart Start Coordinator
(343) 261-1194
Elaine Voigt, Smart Start Coordinator
(613) 929-4134
Other Services
Girls Inc. provides individual support for girls+ and their families and former program participants who need information, advice, follow-up support or community referral. We also provide COVID-19 recovery support for women+ who continue to experience trauma and/or economic crisis. For more information on these support options, please call our office at (613) 542-9202.