Our Early Years
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.
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.
Advocacy work for girls at the Long Creek Youth Development Center began with surveys of girls’ lives and what prevention measures would have made a difference. Programming and trainings followed.
Mainely Girls dipped its toe into technology. “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Bridging Computer Gender Gaps” was a training that encouraged inclusion in the field of technology. Mainely Girls partnered with “Zoey’s Room” to offer this after-school technology program for middle school girls across the state.
When learning that the work of the Computer Crimes Lab was being hampered by the use of a dilapidated mobile forensic lab, Mainely Girls spearheaded an effort to raise the necessary funds to provide them with one adequate for their needs. Now more people involved with child pornography in our state are being apprehended, making Maine a safer place for infants, children and adolescents.
Mainely Girls has always encouraged and celebrated others who dedicate time and energy to improving the lives of girls through empowerment activities and programs. From “Coastal Studies for Girls” to “Zoey’s Room,” MG has promoted the expansion of an entire network of support for girls. In 2015, Mary handed the reins to Carol Ayoob, who brought Mainely Girls to Aroostook County. Learn more about her work with girls and today’s history in the making here.