Our History

Celebrating 25 Years of Empowering Maine Girls to Thrive!


Founder and former Director Mary Orear helping Carol pack up all things Mainely Girls for The County! 2015

Our Herstory:

For 25 years, Mainely Girls, a 501c3 nonproit organization, has offered transformational programming throughout the state. In 1996, Founder Mary Orear spearheaded efforts in Midcoast Maine with a needs assessment that lead to forming a Girls Student Executive Board and Board of Directors that went on to offer transformational programing for Girls statewide.

In Our Early Years, there were Annual Girls’ Conferences, Mentoring Programs, a Photography Club, Girls’ Night Out, the Girls’ Point of View Book Clubs, Diabetes and Depression pilot programs, and the designing of the Transition Safety Program / a pilot program for ME College-Bound Women. 

In 2015, Mary handed the reins to Carol Ayoob who brought Mainely Girls to Aroostook County.  Carol offered countless theater and art based opportunities for Girls to express themselves, build confidence and create positive mentorships.  Now located on the University of Maine Presque Ilse Campus, Mainely Girls focuses on nurturing confident, resilient, creative and connected girls through diverse programming to lead us forward.

This year, 2020, Mainely Girls is amidst great transformation.  We would like to hire Holli Nicknair, a Houlton Native,  to lead the organization into it’s next new phase.  Yet, with the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our resources are the lowest they have ever been.  With your help, Mainely Girls will embark on creating even more strength based & connective programing via online and outdoor opportunities to empower our Girls to move beyond surviving and Thrive!

Please Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary by helping us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000!

Your Generous Donation will provide essential programing for our Girls to Thrive!

Thank You So Much For Your Ongoing Support!

Please Donate Now!