Mission: The mission of Smart-Girl, Inc. is to empower adolescent girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women. In addition, through the Smart-Guy program, Smart-Girl prepares adolescent boys to make smart choices and grow into resilient, self-assured and upstanding young men.
Target demographics: middle school students
Geographic areas served: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New York
Programs: the Smart-Girl and Smart-Guy programs. High School and College Age students are trained to serve as mentors for middle school students. Implementing a curriculum devoted to developing social emotional skills, two mentors lead groups of about 10 students in weekly interactive sessions.
One of my dearest friends works for Smart-Girl, and her stories about working with the young girls in the program are incredible. She has so much enthusiasm for the programs and the benefits they provide the young girls involved--it's almost impossible not to get equally excited! I am inspired by how Smart-Girl works to create meaningful, positive relationships between young girls while simultaneously supporting the emotional, mental, and social well-being of each individual girl. The impact of teaching our young people about positive relationships, healthy self-esteem, and respect for one another certainly makes Smart-Girl's efforts reach far beyond the girls they serve and well into the communities we all live in. I could write an entire page (single spaced!) on why I believe in the Smart-Gril program!