Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Best-Kept Secret' Gets New Executive Director; Ganger Brings Big Plans, Years of Experience to Leadership of Girls Inc

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Best-Kept Secret' Gets New Executive Director; Ganger Brings Big Plans, Years of Experience to Leadership of Girls Inc

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey

When Peg Ganger was named executive director of Girls Inc. of Jacksonville this summer, she wasted no time putting her 33 years of management, sales, event marketing and fundraising experience to work.

She brought a cost-saving plan to the board of directors to sell the nonprofit's three centers and move the after-school, literacy, summer and outreach programs to public schools. The board approved, and two of the centers are on the market, she said.

Proceeds from the sales and the operational savings, she said, will be used to offer the programs to more girls at more schools.

"Girls Inc. has been very building-centric," she said. "But that can be very limiting and not very cost-effective."

Currently, the nonprofit serves about 135 girls at Arlington Heights, Fort Caroline and Parkwood Heights elementary schools. Ganger said she wants to expand to 20 or 30 schools and eventually to each of Jacksonville's elementary schools that have after-school services.

"There is no reason we can't expand," she said. "We just have to make sure we have the funding."

Ganger, 58, hopes making the Girls Inc. model more cost-effective and collaborative will entice more donors and funding agencies.

"This is such a great program," she said. "Girls Inc. has been a best-kept secret in this community for too long."

The national Girls Inc. network serves 125,000 girls ages 5 to 18 annually across the U.S. and Canada. The local affiliate, founded in 1970, focuses on elementary school-age girls and has more than 1,700 girls in all of its programs. In the after-school programs currently underway, trained professionals provide homework assistance and enrichment activities such as dance, computer, art, storytelling, theater and bullying prevention.

The goal is "to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers," according to the Girls Inc. …

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