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Phone: 650-326-6431
P. O. Box 50368
% Patricia Foster

East Palo Alto
California 94303

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Target demographics: Low-income school-age girls from Latina, African-American, & Pacific Islander cultural groups in East Palo Alto (San Mateo County, CA)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60 participants

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: 1) Help us develop our social networking sites

2) Talk about us to someone you know who can make a contribution for the cause.

3) Help a bright girl master a challenging math problem.

Geographic areas served: East Palo Alto

Programs: Participating girls:

•Receive individual academic assistance that takes their linguistic and cultural background into consideration. Late elementary-age girls will be more likely to gain admittance to academic-track middle schools.
•Optimize their mental and physical development through nutritional support; emotional and physical health education & consultations; and through a variety of sports, games, and movement arts.
•Appreciate the arts and learn about themselves through participation in a variety of creative activities such as painting, drama, music, crafts, and through field trips to regional arts and cultural centers.
•Become competent with basic information technology that can help them achieve scholastic, creative, and basic communications objectives.
•Receive the physical, educational, and spiritual benefits of frequent exposure to the outdoors, gardens, and natural areas.
•Become more familiar with and feel supported by their local community, leading to viewing a multicultural community as an asset, while affirming their own cultural traditions.
•Gain a sense of their own positive potential as doers and leaders.
•Enjoy adult support and mentorship from well-prepared, motivated program staff and volunteers who retain their commitment over time.

“To support girls as they design their futures for successful womanhood.”
•Delivering a consistent after-school program every non-holiday weekday afternoon since our inception. Average attendance has exceeded 3 times/week/girl and over 10 months since we started in early 2007.

•Beginning our 4th dynamic and popular 6-week summer session serving 2/3rds of our academic year participants but with a large influx (about 1/3rd) of new girls & families. We expect to see close 100% full attendance again during Summer 2010.

•Attracting an estimated $15,000 worth of in-kind contributions of everything from art supplies to volunteer-time in 2009.

•Partnering with 12 other community agencies, service groups, and businesses to deliver everything from academic support to arts activities to field trips.

•Raising over $70,000 in grants revenue and more than $58,000 in individual donor contributions last year.

•Recruiting over two dozen local academic-track high school students from cultural backgrounds similar to those of our girls, who serve as 1-on-1 mentoring and academic support volunteers.

•Building leadership skills in girls 11-16 by: involving them in support for younger girls; having them help administer the organization; and by soliciting their feedback in program development.

•Establishing (October, 2008) an ongoing gardening, nutrition, and environmental education program in partnership with local urban greening group Collective Roots.

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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... more »
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... more »
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 ... more »
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