Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) is an academic, leadership and college preparation program for underserved and at-risk immigrant/refugee girls in 6th-12th grade. This program utilizes self-empowerment workshops, consistent academic support, and the development of relationships with college mentors to achieve positive student outcomes. Our number one goal is to help our GGAL girls dream big and create plans to achieve those dreams. 

GGAL is currently active at 4 school and community sites including Washington Technology Magnet School, the Oromo Community of Minnesota (OCM), Sejong Academy, and Humboldt High School.

Core objectives of GGAL activities

Support Educational Journeys

We provide homework help, college readiness training, and other academic support that can help women and girls succeed in their educational journeys.

Guide Personal Development

We help increase the capacity of participants to improve their self-esteem, agency, and skills; and strengthen their knowledge about their own cultures and identities.

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Engage in Civic Change

Our participants learn about issues impacting their communities and are given opportunities to engage through dialogue, volunteerism, fundraising, and networking.

Encourage Parent Involvement

We increase overall student participation, retention and success in GGAL by establishing and nurturing two-way partnerships between parents and students and between parents and schools.

Provide Mentorship Support

Our mentorship program helps increase academic excellence and support for GGAL participants during middle school, high school, and as they transition into and complete their college degree.

BE A MENTOR

Mentors provide homework help and guidance to immigrant and refugee girls.

JOIN GGAL

GGAL is free for immigrant and refugee girls in grades 6-12. Our program accepts girls on a rolling basis for the school year and during our summer session. 

Email Stephany Lopez at slopez@womenofwise.org for inquiries and how to apply.

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Contact

Stephany Lopez

GGAL Program Coordinator

slopez@womenofwise.org