Learn new things. Meet other interesting girls. And build your confidence!
There are many organizations right in your community that offer girls the chance to grow into the young women they are meant to be. Check out these groups or ask a parent to help you research other ones in your town.
Take the step to get involved and see how fun it can be!
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. GSUSA builds self-esteem and self-confidence in girls through uniquely ME!, the Girl Scout / Dove Self-Esteem Program.
Critical Issues for Youth works with girls, parents, educators, philanthropists, and community members to address the complex and ever-changing realities of girls’ lives in our global society. It specializes in program design and implementation, curriculum development, research and evaluation, fund development, and workshops and training.
The mission of America's Junior Miss (AJM) is to empower outstanding high school women by providing scholarship opportunities, developing life skills, and encouraging positive values; and to impact the lives of all young people through the Be Your Best Self outreach program.
America’s National Teenager (www.nationalteen.com) promotes strong scholastic ideals, solid leadership principles and high character growth to young women. All National and State winners are awarded scholarships and the opportunity to serve as positive role models to teens across America. ANTSO holds to the highest standards of quality and integrity with a majority of the selection based on academics, community service and interview. America’s National Teenager is recognized as one of the longest running, most prestigious female teen scholarship programs awarding nearly $5 million in scholarships annually since 1970.
Best Bones Forever! is a campaign for girls ages 9-14 that focuses on fun and friendship—girls who “grow strong tighter, stay strong forever.” The campaign encourages girls and their BFFs to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones for life. The Web site for girls has quizzes, polls, recipes, and activities girls can do with their BFF to “grow strong together, stay strong forever.”
Girl Talk is a national nonprofit organization that establishes positive weekly peer-to-peer mentoring programs for middle school girls, which are led by high school girls. Its mentoring program offers fun, positive weekly meetings, community service projects and friendship building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters help young teenage girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service. Girl Talk is free to any high school girl who wants to make a difference in her community. Visit the Girl Talk Web site for more information.
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls in grades 3 through 8. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. Trained Girls on the Run coaches deliver the well-researched 12-week afterschool curriculum inspiring girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, embrace their gifts and activate their power.
Developed by the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, www.girlshealth.gov promotes healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home. We focus on the idea that being yourself¬, finding what makes you smile, and how to live well ¬is what makes you “you.” And that is beautiful!
The Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) awakens girls to the full potential of their authentic selves. It works with girls, their families, and school communities through our national camps, after-school programs and in-school resources. GLI teaches girls assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and conflict management skills for success in leadership and life.
Girls Living Life On Purpose, Inc. (GLLOP) is the premier all-girl, faith-based organization dedicated solely to empowering African American and minority girls ages 12 to 17 through life-purpose coaching, character development, and abstinence education. It serves as a navigational tool to empower girls, who are often overlooked and under-served. Its programs are designed to create a process of change, a relationship of growth and a path to discovery, resulting in a clearer understanding and vision of the intersection of their passions and God’s purpose for their lives.
GirlsWithDreams.com, is a social networking site powered by teens that provides support, advice, and tips on the issues girls struggle with most. Founder Carrie Silver-Stock wants to create a global movement where girls discover their power, passion, and big dreams. The mission is simple: girls will empower one another to build their best lives while learning how to take action and make a positive impact in their own lives and the world.
Grad Girls Network is an emerging nonprofit organization that shapes underprivileged teen girls into confident and socially responsible high school graduates, who further inspire their peers to finish school and lead productive and enriched lives. Grad Girls Network has created several after school programs to bring together high school girls with professional women, who mentor the teens and assist them in shaping their own futures, and empowering them to become the next generation of community leaders. Our program currently reaches over 2,000 girls at Los Angeles area high schools, with chapters opening soon in Tucson, AZ and Atlanta, GA. Our goal is to create 10 new chapters in the upcoming new year.
Dedicated to celebrating the unique diversity and beauty of every girl and woman, i am that girl will start a revolution of women dictating life on their own terms, demanding respect from others but more importantly from themselves. It strives to inspire future women leaders in every profession, whether it’s entertainment, science, sports, politics, education, philanthropy, business, or mother hood. It encourages women to define their own worth, be confident in their own skin, feel beauty-full always, believe in themselves, support one another and reinvent themselves into whomever they CHOOSE to be. i am that girl stands for those who cannot stand for themselves, lends a voice to those whose voice has been taken, and fights for those who no longer have a fight left in them.
Smart-Girl is a prevention and enrichment program designed to give all girls the skills, tools and confidence they need to navigate the tumultuous years of adolescence and beyond. Armed with a research-based curriculum and using "best practices", Smart-Girl's program is delivered via highly trained peer-mentors to provide girls wtih the problem-solving skills, strength of character and support system necessary for an emotionally and socially healthy life. The result is young women who are less vulnerable to aggressive relationships, as well as drug, alcohol and sexual promiscuity. With Smart-Girl, the message is clear - "A Smart-Girl Makes Smart Choices." The Smart-Girl Curriculum meets the standards of the American School Counselor Association and through our new Train the Trainer program, Smart-Girl can partner with programs nationwide. For more information check out our website www.smart-girl.org.