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History

Over more than 25 years of serving girls in Alachua County, the Girls Place has evolved into a passageway from childhood to womanhood for many girls in the Gainesville community. The young women of today are learning to become tomorrow’s future by living and developing in a continuously changing world. Girls Place embraces this opportunity and challenge, and is confident that girls will prosper.

March – AprilĀ  1981 The Gainesville Junior Woman’s Club began investigating the need and interest for a girls club in the community with surveys and public meetings.
November 1982 A 20 member Operations Board of Directors was created. The Girls Club of Alachua County was issued non-profit status.
January 1985 Renae Clements (our first executive director) was hired.
June 1985 The first Girls Club summer day camp was held at Sidney Lanier School, run by volunteers and was an incredible success.
November 1985 The City of Gainesville granted Girls Club 5.3 acres of land.
April 1986 Construction commenced on the Girls Club clubhouse. Summer Day Camp continued being held at Westwood Middle School.
August 1987 The first after-school program at the Girls Club of Alachua County Clubhouse was inaugurated
January 1988 United Way announced the Girls Club as one of their affiliated agents
April 1991 A fifteen member rotating Board of Directors of the Girls Club of Alachua County Foundation was created and officers were elected
November 1991 Girls Club of Alachua County Foundation was issued non-profit status.
September 2008 The Girls Club underwent a name change and officially became known as Girls Place, Inc.
October 2013 Renae Clements retires as Executive Director after 28 years of service. Janna Magette is hired as her successor.