Mission

 

Girls For A Change is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support and inspire Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development and social change innovation in their communities.  In doing so, we help girls develop key skills needed for their success.

 

 

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Upcoming Events & Trainings

GFAC Change Makers

Meet Hannah Martin

Our Spotlight of the month is someone who knows Girls For A Change very well because she was once a part of Camp Diva in its start up. And once a part of Camp Diva, always a part of Camp Diva.  From the time she was ten years old, until age 14, she was not only part of Camp Diva's Summer Program, but she also participated in Girl Action Teams ( GAT )  after school program.  And, during her time in Camp Diva, she was part of the GAT girl members who started that very special father-daughter dance that became the first-ever Date with Dad, where she enjoyed rapping with her dad, and dancing with her dad, among other things.  And she and her dad continue to attend the Date with Dad Dinner and Dance every year and look forward to celebrating the 10th Date with Dad in 2017.  Since her involvement, she graduated from high school and is now a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is majoring in Psychology.  It has been ten years since she embraced us with her warm spirit and cheerful attitude Camp Diva 2016 girl members had the honor of  Hannah being our Key Note speaker at ur annual closing ceremony this summer.  She has always shared how much she enjoyed the women that spoke to her and worked with her, and now, she also works with young people in her work at Albert Hill Middle School in the main office.  She says she not only enjoys being able to work with young people every day, but she also enjoys writing poetry and spoken word.  Her goal is to become a youth counselor and novelist,  But today, she is enjoys facilitating her Rites of Passage program, Coaching a Girl Action Team after school, and sharing her experiences in life.  So let's celebrate the young woman I'm talking about right now.  She is Sister Hannah Martin.
 

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Date With Dad Weekend

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Contest

 

    BLACK GIRL RALLY        

  BLACK GIRL SHOWCASE

This program inspires girls to have the voice, confidence and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. Well-integrated academics, technology, non-cognitive and social emotional learning, leadership and cultural experiences enhance program outcomes.

This program inspires girls to have the voice, confidence and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. Well-integrated academics, technology, non-cognitive and social emotional learning, leadership and cultural experiences enhance program outcomes.

Programs

Fall & Spring

Girl Action Teams – are made up of a dynamic team of middle and high school girls, who meet up in a safe place after school (4 days a week), to create solutions about changing their communities, especially for black girls! This program inspires girls to have a the voice, confidence and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. 

Girl Action Teams (GAT) enable girls to achieve their full potential. Partners and Coaches will have the opportunity to interact with middle- and high-school girl members, who meet after school in safe spaces, four days a week with female coaches who teach the girls essential project planning and execution skills to aid them in designing and implementing their social change project.

Together, girls create solutions around community challenges -- especially those facing Black girls and other girl of color.

From local Girls Action Teams active in small communities to large-scale national reach, we work together to create environments across America that shapes positive, intergenerational relationships among thousands of girls and women,  to convene, connect, and celebrate girl culture.

  • Richmond , VA
  • Oakland , CA

 

    CAMP DIVA SUMMER       LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 

Registration Opens January 15th

Introduce Black girls to the world…and the world to Black girls! 

       

 


 

 

 

Giving Campaigns

If we reflect on our life experiences, we’ll probably notice that leadership opportunities really began when we were young…that’s also when our most influential life lessons in leadership were learned. 

So help GIRLS FOR A CHANGE and help girls take the leap and lead.

Your donation will go toward launching more Girl Action Teams after-school, where they’ll discover how to become leaders and social change advocates in their community, and across our nation, as they also discover the leader within themselves. Girl Action Teams – are made up of a dynamic team of middle and high school girls, who meet up in a safe place after school, to create solutions about changing their communities. This program inspires girls to have a voice, confidence and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. 

GIRLS FOR A CHANGE offers this unforgettable experience to 25 Girl Action Teams ( GAT)  across America each fall and spring semester after school.  But with your help, so many more  GAT can launch in a new city, and deserving girls can participate at no cost.    

At GIRLS FOR A CHANGE, we are preparing girls to be ready to take action…to take the leap and lead.

So take the leap and make a huge difference in a girl’s life by donating to GFAC today.

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Meet Our CEO

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Angela Patton, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has been a strong advocate and champion of Black girls for 13 years in the non-profit sector, as Chief Executive Officer of Girls For A Change (GFAC), and as Founder of CAMP DIVA, now one of GFAC’s flagship programs.  Patton has successfully led Girls For A Change in its endeavors to address the unique challenges faced by Black girls in order to support and inspire them to find their voices, see needs and make change happen, and embark on a path to uplift themselves, their families and their communities through after school and summer enrichment/leadership programs focused on creating social change in their midst. While advancing these efforts, Patton has established partnerships with five universities, expanded GFAC programs to underserved communities across the country, and overseen the creation of over 200 social change projects conceptualized by girls.  One of those projects was the subject of her 2012 TEDWomen talk.  Currently, Patton is working to expand GFAC programs to create more spaces where girls can be seen, heard, and celebrated and where they can feel empowered to take the leap and lead.

 

GFAC Board Members

 

Jim Davidson - President
President, PeakChange
Denver, CO

Jennifer Williamson - Vice President
Media Specialist, Virginia State University
Mass Communications
Richmond , Virginia


Carolyn Robinson - Treasurer
Financial Advisor/Financial Services Rep, MetLife
Richmond , Virginia 

Raymond Tademy, Ph.D.  
Program Director, Richmond City Justice Center
Richmond , Virginia 

Christine Templin
Infrastructure Operations, Twitter
San Francisco, California

Quita Highsmith
Franchise Head, Genetech
San Francisco, California

Shanza Isom
Assistant Professor in Teaching; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
Richmond, Virginia