Girls to Women is an inspiring program. I watched girls from primary school age to young adults working together with admiration and support for each other. The staff is competent, energetic and supportive of girls of all ages, with age appropriate programs.
Girls To Women (G2W) is a special part of our community. My two daughters love this organization. My 10 year old daugther has been in G2W since she was 5 years old. The program has supported her personal growth in many ways through the years. Girls To Women offers tutoring, sewing, cooking, science, and tools for girls to become well rounded women. For example one day my daughter said to me while talking "I use to hate looking in the mirror. Now, I like looking in the mirror." I asked what changed? She explained the circle, hat and affirmation exercises that she did every day in the summer at Girls To Women. Through these exercise she gradually started changing the way she thought of herself and by the end of the summer her perspective totally changed. As a parent Girls To Women is already a Great Nonprofit. They are teaching young women the tools for success and building leaders.
This program is a wonderful asset for our community. I have volunteered here 1-2 days a week for the last 6 months. The teachers have created a wonderful environment for the girls to flourish, academically, socially and creatively. The girls in this program are absolute joys, bursting with energy and creativity. The program has an academic focus, ensuring the girls spend time every day on their homework, improving their confidence and skill in reading, math and other subjects. The program provides the girls with a small, albeit well-stocked library, encouraging the girls to value reading. In addition to the academic focus, there is an emphasis on social development. The girls participate in activities designed to help them explore their feelings about such complex issues as self-esteem, body image, race and bullying. The program also provides the girls with a wide range of arts and craft materials, which they use to explore their creative sides. Most recently the girls have made gorgeous water color paintings and loads of colorful friendship bracelets. For the past several weeks, I have been leading the girls in a cooking class; once a week the girls get to measure (an opportunity to practice math), mix, grate and bake their way to a delicious snack to share. It is an amazing experience watching the girls discover the feel of flour on their hands, or the smell of vanilla extract. Sometimes, we have even harvested vegetables from the Girls to Women garden to use in the recipes. Most exciting of all, is seeing the older girls step up to help the younger girls; you couldn't ask for a better example of the bonded community created by Girls to Women.
This program has really helped my children . To understand homework & get better grades . My kids are college bound now . I also like it because I believe that they will have a great future , not only for them but for the state of California .
I have my two daughters going there, they enjoy been there
MSS.Joann and Miriam they do an exceptional work with all girls
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What my girls enjoy the most is garding and bake cookies
Moreover the help ther receive with their homework is priceless and I realy appreciated girls to women for that.do to our long working hours it would be dificult on keeping my girls on track academically.
Girls to Women really supports young girls to excel. Pat Foster has created an organization that tracks and encourages girls in their own community. I witnessed Pat with a girl who was expressing her interest in college. She said, "i'm going to go to Stanford" and Pat said, what do you need to do that - and worked in conversation with a 10 year old to layout the steps to realizing her dream. Pat said, when will you check in with me? and asked the girl how she could make sure she would stay on track. That was what I heard and what I saw was Pat and Girls to Women being there for these girls and nurturing their ability to follow through and meet their goals.
While not currently a volunteer (but I would with this group in a heartbeat!) I have volunteer in the past with girls in this geographical area in the past who were under the direction of Girls to Women Executive Director, Patricia Foster. It is astonishing to witness their progress from shy, noncommunicable, academically fragile children to girls who develop strong communication skills, study skills and most importantly a respect and desire for education and ultimately a college degree. The program develops confidence in these girls and it has the ability to override any negative or toxic influences a girl might have at home that affects her self-image and ability to dream. I have seen it happen. I attended a graduation ceremony to see a girl I worked under Pat Foster with move on. I was so amazed at what a smart and confident preteen she was and elated that through Girls to Women she had developed and excelled enough to be accepted at an excellent local private school on a scholarship. I love this program and the foundation it lays to build empowered young girls who, I am certain can be tommorow's leaders!
Girls to Women is a great organization under the leadership of an amazing educator and visionary. The girls have so many opportunities to learn and explore the world. I have had the honor of volunteering for Girls To Women at events. It is always fun and well organized.
I have worked with many of the girls who have participated in Girls to Women so I am very familiar with the program. Girls to Women is doing an excellent job of supporting its participants' academic and personal growth. Girls to Women provides daily tutoring that has made a big difference for the girls. The program also offers many different types of enrichment activities that help girls develop their self-esteem while learning new skills and developing their talents.
I was very impressed with the Girls to Women story the first time I heard about it. I felt at home! As I got to know the staff and girls, I was very impressed with what the staff offered because of who they are and what they do each day with the girls individually and collectively. There are high standards taught and expected in the manner of communication the girls have with each other and toward adults. The activities provide enrichment and stimulation for each girl. One example is the vegetable garden where the girls learned to grow, care for, and eat fresh vegetables. Overall, I feel that the Girls to Women program raises the bar in times when we hear too much about girls with low self-esteem, dropping out of school, and teen pregnancy. Girls to Women stresses the importance of a good education and the expectation for attending college, and the girls seems proud of their accomplishments in school and talk about it with each other and the staff and volunteers. It's in the air at Girls to Women! Bravo!!