Girls for a Change


GFC was founded in San Jose, California in 2000 and has since doubled the number of girls served. We expanded to the Phoenix Metro Area in 2005 (see Communities). In 2008, GFC took its annual Girl Summit on the road for our National Tour. The tour included teaching more than 2,500 girls about social change and giving them the tools to create change through our Change Your World Trainings. In 2009-2010, Girls For A Change served over 1,860 girls in ten states, Rwanda, and Swaziland. In Fall 2010, in our partnership with Kotex, we presented a special training to 800 girls in six cities to help girls understand how they can make change for themselves and their communities, removing the mystique and shame around their bodies. In 2010-2011, in partnership with 60 plus schools and community organizations, Girls For A Change will engage over 1,200 girls, ages 11 – 18, and 200 women volunteers on Girl Action Teams and Change Your World Trainings.  Without the support and dedication of the following individuals and partner organizations GFC would not have been possible:

Founding Steering Committee Members:

Niko Everett, (formerly Clifford) Founding CEO and Current Board Member
Whitney Smith, Founder and current CEO
Lora Barnett
Mariah Dabel*
Nancy Fox
Michelle McCormick
Caroline Ocampo
Jo Seavey-Holtquist
Sari Wisch
Sharon Wood
*Mariah Dabel, Founding Board Member, named Girls For A Change.

Lead Partners:

Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County
The Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Advocacy

Partner and Founding Organizations:

This list of organizations includes some but not all of the amazing organizations that were represented by the individuals on our Founding Steering Committee. We are grateful to these organizations for allowing their staff to participate in helping make Girls For A Change a reality!

Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Advocacy
The County of Santa Clara Dept. of Public Health - Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network
Women’s Technology Cluster- Nonprofit Incubator