Director of Alameda Island Kids/Girls Inc. of the Island City Retires

photo credit Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) announced that Pam Williams retired on June 17, 2021 after an extraordinary 36-year career with the organization
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Director of Alameda Island Kids/Girls Inc. of the Island City Retires

Sun Staff Reports

Williams served as the Director of Alameda Island Kids (AIK) licensed childcare program since 1994 where she oversaw the growth and expansion of the AIK program in both scope and participation levels. “Girls Inc. of the Island City and our AIK Program have enormously benefitted from Pam’s knowledge, diligence, and wonderfully enthusiastic personality. Pam has made such a unique impact on the AIK Program and the lives of the children and families we served. She will be greatly missed as she moves on to her next adventure,” said Christine Chilcott, CEO of GIIC.

Pam began her career at Alameda Girls Club after graduating from Cal State Hayward in 1982 with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services. In keeping with the Girls Inc. strong, smart, and bold motto; Pam proudly was the first person in her family to graduate from collage, was the first college intern at Alameda Girls Club, and became the first female swimmer inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cal State Hayward in 1998.
Pam worked at both Paden and Edison Schools as the Activity Center director before being promoted to AIK Program Director in 1994. In 2006, she led the way for the re-naming of the afterschool program “Alameda Island Kids” as voted on by the children in the program.

During her illustrious career, Williams supported AIK and GIIC in many other capacities including as AIK summer program director, GIIC site director at Meyers Center, Interim Executive Director, Coordinator with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department for the Annual Father/Daughter Dance, Meyers Camp Coordinator, Mini Society Facilitator, and member of the 50th Anniversary Committee.

Over a span of 25 years, Williams also participated in several community events and organizations as GIIC’s representative and Girl Power leader including the Alameda Welfare Council’s summer luncheons, Alameda Service League’s Holiday Home Tour, Midway Shelter, Alameda Boy Scouts Annual Scouting for Food Drive, and Golden Age Senior Living. She currently volunteers with Alameda Meals on Wheels.

Pam has been an inspiration to everyone at GIIC and AIK and it showed in the numerous staff awards she received over the years. We will miss her incredible energy and positive attitude and wish her all the best in her retirement.

About Girls Inc. of the Island City

Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) is an award-winning after-school program that serves an ethnically and economically diverse population of girls, ages 6-18, in a safe and supportive environment. GIIC serves over 600 girls annually.

GIIC’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent) through innovative programs, activities, and advocacy. We are an affiliate of Girls Inc., a national, nonprofit organization.

Since 1964, we have empowered more than 30,000 girls in the city of Alameda to realize their potential as fearless, goal-oriented young women. Our research-based programming focuses on the development of the whole girl.

Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe. Girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect and high expectations to help realize successful frameworks for their futures.

GIIC provides programming that helps girls and young women develop skills in areas that include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM);, as well as reading, writing, and economic literacy; art, music, and drama. The programs olso coover nutritional, physical, social and emotional health and wellness; college and career preparation; positive image and identity; and leadership and life skills.

We make a difference: 100% of GIIC members graduate from high school. 90% of GIIC members attend a two- or four-year college or vocational school. GIIC alumnae go on to become savvy professionals, thoughtful leaders, and caring community advocates.

GIIC also offers licensed childcare service (Alameda Island Kids) for both girls and boys at five elementary schools around Alameda, including Bay Farm, Earhart, Edison, Franklin, and Otis.

For more information about Girls Inc. of the Island City, call (510) 521-1743 ext. 207, visit our website at www.girlsincislandcity.org, and follow Girl Inc on Facebook and Instagram.