Girls For A Change
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Women
Location: P.O. Box 1436 San Jose CA 95109 USA
Results: Over 10,000 girls trained in six countries. Over 2,000 women coaches trained.
Target demographics: Girls, 11-17, who reside in low-income neighborhoods
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000
Geographic areas served: National and International
Programs: Girls For A Change annually serves over 1,000 girls, ages 11-17 across the globe. GFC girls attend public middle and high schools in low income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods where we target our recruitment. All program elements are free for girls and schools. Girls may enroll any and every year from 6th to 12th grade. Over the course of the school year, girls participate in the following program components: - Girl Action Teams: Girl Action Teams of 10-15 girls led by two trained women volunteer Coaches meet for 12 weeks each fall and spring. Girl Action Teams identify an issue in their community about which they feel passionate and then design and implement a girl-led solution in the form of a social change project. Though this process, girls learn to: identify a problem and determine its root causes, design a strategic plan, timeline, and team values, develop a budget and fundraise, work as a team and develop meaningful relationships with adult women role models, network with professionals, elected leaders, and the media to help them with their project, and implement their solution. - Volunteer Coaches: GFC recruits culturally diverse women from local corporations and organizations who have the ability to model healthy behaviors and create a safe space for girls. These women serve as volunteer coaches for Girl Action Teams. Coaches receive approximately 20 plus hours of group training, one on one support, a GFC coach manual and GFC curriculum. - New Girls Network: GFC recruits over 200 professionals who volunteer as pro-bono consultants lending their particular expertise to Girl Action Team projects. Girls learn to access this database of resources as needed for their projects and also build their own web of contacts and mentors to help them achieve their personal goals as well. - Girl Leadership: Girls For A Change is girl led at every level of the organization. Under the Girls On Board program, five girls serve on the National Board of Directors with full voting power and are mentored by other Board members. - Partnerships & Girl Internships: GFC has developed partnerships with political offices, non-profits and businesses who host GFC girls for summer internships.
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In 2007 I read about Girls For A Change in my local paper. I was intrigued by the concept and framework that empowers young women to think beyond their boundaries and teaches them the skills to meet their dreams. The program helps girls to become participants instead of by-standers.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the many young women who have completed the GFC program who now have self confidence and direction.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
its ability to recruit, coordinate and train multifaceted coaches to interact with teams of middle and high school girls all around the Bay Area.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
ramp the organization's support network to nationally meet the needs of so many more interested young women. GFC could also build its alumni support network faster.
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