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 schools including Washington Technology Magnet School, Sejong Academy, Humboldt High School, and Hmong College Prep Academy.
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.
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.
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 Jess Miano for any questions.