Mission: Girls’ LEAP empowers girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being. We seek to build decision-making skills, increase personal confidence and raise awareness to create safer lives.
Results: Have provided safety, self-defense and empowerment training to over 6,000 girls and young women since 1997. Currently serving 1,000 annually.
Target demographics: Girls and young women ages 8-18
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000
Geographic areas served: Greatr Boston
Programs: 20 hour Personal Safety Training
2-4 hr. Workshops
Teen Mentor Program
Voices on Violence Focus Groups
I joined Girls' LEAP Self-Defense my freshman year of college because I needed to join a service organization for a class, and LEAP's mission statement of empowering local girls seemed perfect for me. Over the past 3 years I've spent with LEAP, I have seen their unwavering commitment to this goal and the ways in which they are constantly making improvements to better meet it. I've been deeply moved by the changes I've seen in the youth I've worked with in programs.
Not only is LEAP doing wonderful work in the community, it is also a fantastic organization to be a part of. They are incredibly supportive of every staff member, from teens, to college students, to adult staff. I believe that Girls' LEAP is an example of a service organization at its best, and yet is is still growing! I am excited to keep being a part of that growth.