At Girls Inc., we believe that all girls are inherently strong, smart, and bold, but need help overcoming society’s messages and pressures that make them doubt their self-worth. Girls gain confidence when they are encouraged to set achievable goals, explore their worlds, and dream beyond their realities. Girls feel most empowered when they trust the adults in their lives to lead them to discover that their potential is limitless and reinforce that their accomplishments will always be celebrated.As parents, caregivers, and trusted adults in girls’ lives, you play an essential role in shaping their futures. Girls Inc. wants to be a trusted partner in this critical work. Explore resources that will help you inspire the daughters in your life to value themselves for exactly who they are: strong, smart, and bold girls.

Please note: It is Girls Inc. of Central Alabama’s policy to only link to resources developed by our trusted partners. No unsolicited links will be posted

Cyber bullying/Bullying

National Bullying Prevention Center – “What Parents Should Know About Bullying”
Bullying can be an isolating experience — not just for the kids involved — but for their parents, too. Fortunately, there is help. This guide offers a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying.

Stomp Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, and teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online.

Re-Think App: Stop Cyberbullying before it starts!
Want to stop Cyberbullying? Get the Re-Think App, the first-ever solution to prevent cyberbullying before it starts! How does it work? When a teen tries to post a hurtful or offensive message on social media, Re-Think uses its technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the teen a second chance to think about their decision.

Center for Parent & Youth Understanding
Helping parents, youth workers, educators, pastors, and others understand and reach today’s youth culture

Digital Kids Initiative
Provides information and resources for parents, youth workers and educators to help kids navigate their digital world.

KnowBullying App for Parents
Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and prevent bullying. The time you spend will boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying – whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.

The KnowBullying App features:

• Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
• Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13 and teens.
• Warning signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied or witnessing bullying
• Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.
• Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email and text messages.

Cyberbullying Research Center
Catch up on the latest news and trends in cyberbullying and how to protect your children.

Online Enticement
Online Enticement involves an individual communicating with someone believed to be a child via the Internet with the intent to commit a sexual offense or abduction. Learn how to protect your child from sexual predators.

Talking to Your Kids About Social Media
Most social media sites and apps (including Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, and require users to be at least 13 years old, though it is not uncommon for youths to be untruthful about their date of birth in order to gain access to the site or app. By accessing these platforms before age 13, young children are at an increased risk of encountering inappropriate content and/or contact from older users.

Not sure what you kids are texting? NetLingo can help. It is an Internet dictionary.

Homework Help

Free Homework Help is available for your child or teen from a Tutor!
Live Homework Help – Get FREE live one-on-one homework help with any topic, K-12 and College.
Hours and days of operation: 3 pm-10 pm, Sunday-Thursday.
Find “Live Homework Help from” on the homepage and click the link.
You must use the code on the back of your library card. If your child does not have a library card, you can sign up for a temporary one on the website.

Student Center homework topics 
Science, math, English, AP courses, social studies; help in studying for exams.

College Center
Tutoring for current college students, ACT/SAT prep resources, and college information.

Writing Center
Help with writing reports, essays and papers.

Career Center
Career tutors to help with job search, writing a resume, current job openings, and preparing for interviews.

Adult Education 
GED preparation information and back to school information.

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
About Suicide
When Someone is At Risk

“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Guidance for Educators and Parents
The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising concerns about youth suicide. The intended audience of 13 Reasons Why is adults because of serious topics such as suicide, rape, sexual assault, teen drinking, teen substance abuse, and bullying. We are learning, however, that many youths are viewing the series, which can be troubling, particularly because many viewers note that the series presents a graphic and almost glamorized presentation of suicide. Such tough topics can put girls at risk for self-harm if they are not able to process the content of the series in a healthy way. We are not recommending that girls watch the series. This article offers guidance for educators and families in speaking with children who have seen the show, as well as a link to talking points to aid in conversation.

Parenting /Help for Families

The Parent Assistance Line (PAL)
1-866-962-3030 (calls are free and confidential).
PAL is designed to provide helpful assistance and information to moms, dads, grandparents, and relatives whose children are ages birth through adolescence. They will listen to you, offer helpful information and support. Callers can also request free literature about their specific parenting concerns.
Parent Resource Specialists are available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. PAL is designed to provide helpful assistance and information to moms, dads, grandparents, and relatives whose children are ages birth through adolescence. They will listen to you, offer helpful information and support. Callers can also request free literature about their specific parenting concerns.

Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC)
205-638-PIRC (7472) (calls are free and confidential)
Call for assistance in navigating the mental health system for children and teens.

Boys Town National Hotline
A crisis, resource, and referral number for KIDS and PARENTS available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Topics covered: depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, parenting problems, stress and anxiety, abuse, anger problems, school problems, bullying, peer pressure, chemical dependency.

Parent Further
ParentFurther is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities. Family relationships provide the foundation from which young people can develop the motivation and skills to overcome challenges and thrive.

Crisis Center Birmingham
The Crisis Center Birmingham is a crisis line that offers trained telephone counselors to help with problems such as assistance with basic needs, such as food and shelter, friendships, relationships, family issues, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual issues, depression, anger, loneliness, suicide, health issues, divorce…no concern is off-limits. There are also services for seniors, teens, and children. Services the Crisis Center offers:

  • 2-1-1 – Community Referral Line – United Way of Central Alabama
    An information and referral line offering information on food, housing, employment, childcare, transportation, health services, senior services and more. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7.
  • Crisis and Suicide Line
    24-hour/7 day per week telephone crisis counseling, information, referrals and crisis intervention to callers.
  • U-Talk for Teens
    Assists teens in problem-solving. Because adolescents are less likely to ask for help the program assures confidentiality and anonymity, providing a non-threatening way to reach out for help.
    U-Talk for Kids: provides trained para-professional counselors to assist children in need.
  • Rape Response
    Offers hospital visits, phone, face-to-face counseling, educational outreach, group support, and court assistance.
  • Senior Talk
    A free telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, their caregivers, retirees, and widowed persons, grandparents and others who might find comfort in having a counselor call them on a regular basis to talk. Senior clients are encouraged to talk about anything that is of interest or concern to them. This program is designed to reduce social isolation. We understand that sometimes it just helps to have someone to talk with, someone who will listen…and care.

Family Guidance Center of Alabama
Offers individual, marital, family, child/adolescent counseling, computer classes, parenting education group counseling, job readiness and more.

The Adolescent Health Center of Children’s of Alabama
For an appointment: 205-939-9141
Primary care and sub-specialty consultation for teens ages 11-21. Services include: comprehensive health assessment, care of acute illness and minor trauma, immunizations, family planning, acne management, prevention and management of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), evaluation of menstrual disorders, eating disorders clinic, adolescent nutrition clinic (sports nutrition, weight management, healthy eating, anemia/elevated blood lipid levels), and sports physicals.

The Amelia Center
At the Amelia Center, a compassionate and caring group of professional grief counselors and support staff provide counseling and support to parents, children, young adults and families grieving the death of a child.

Offers family counseling, financial counseling, and foster care.

Emergency Assistance

Jefferson County Department of Human Resources (Family Assistance)

JCCEO Community Services
Energy Assistance –
Emergency Assistance –
The JCCEO Community Services Division serves Jefferson County, Alabama through the following programs: Adult Day Health Care, Senior Nutrition Centers, Energy Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Financial Literacy, and Home Weatherization. The JCCEO Community Services Division provides programs and services for more than 21,000 people annually that are available at no cost to low-income residents of Jefferson County, Alabama.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Intensive outpatient drug counseling, group, individual, and family; drug education.

Recovery Resource Center
205-458-3377 (Crisis Center Birmingham)
Information about drug and alcohol abuse, details on how to obtain help for yourself or a loved one, a description of various treatment options, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of resources such as treatment programs and self-help groups.

Books on Raising Strong, Smart Bold Girls

You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self
This Girls Inc. book, by Claire Mysko, empowers girls to celebrate what makes them unique as they challenge the pressure to be perfect.

Strong, Smart & Bold: Empowering Girls for Life
Written by Carla Fine, this book exposes how the pressures a girl experiences growing up today are more intense than ever before. There are gender stereotypes to buck, narrow expectations to contend with, conflicting messages to make sense of. A girl is told that it’s important to excel in school and pursue a career, but that she should also keep her voice down, watch her weight, and make sure that everyone else around her is happy.

Strong, Smart, and Bold shows you how to raise a confident, courageous, and self-sufficient girl. Based on the successful approach of Girls Inc., the nation’s leading empowerment organization for girls, this book offers proven techniques and compelling success stories to bring out a girl’s spirit as early as possible and to give her the self-assurance she needs to thrive in an increasingly complex and pressured world. Encourage your young woman to find her voice, speak up, and be heard with this inspiring book.


TogetheRead is a series of recommended books, questions, and activities designed around two important facts: Reading is a critical skill for a successful future; kids always want to have FUN!