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Peggy Threlkel, Executive Director
Mickey Wright, Program Director
Lydia McArthur, Front Desk Supervisor

Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven

  • The Winter Haven Girls Club was founded in 1948 by local community activist, Virginia Snively. 
  • In the mid-60’s a Girls Club was founded in the Wahneta area.
  • The LaVilla Girls Club was founded in 1970.
  • The Havendale facility/Center was opened in 1973.  Following a fire that destroyed the building, the Center was renamed the Snively-Thompson Center when it reopened in 1980. 
  • By the mid 80’s, both the Wahneta and the LaVilla Girls Club services were consolidated into the Snively-Thompson Center. 
  • In 1990, The Community Girls Club of Winter Haven changed its name to Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven. 

Girls Incorporated National

  • Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc. has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
  • The Girls Inc. movement started in New England during the Industrial Revolution as a response to the needs of a new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities in textile mills and factories.
  • Our National Headquarters is in New York City, and our National Resource Center is located in Indianapolis. Girls Inc. programs are offered through a network of more than 1,000 sites in over 300 cities in the United States and Canada.

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