Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership
Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership or 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.
We provide GGAL programming through the 5/10 program and after school hours at Washington Tech Magnet School. The GGAL program is also implemented at the Oromo Community of MN and is open to the community.
As the flagship program at WISE, GGAL has worked with over 300 participants in Ramsey County. In the 2017-18 school year, GGAL went from only serving high school students to expanding its program to middle school students as well.
1. Academic Performance
Increase the English language, reading, writing, communication and college readiness skills of participants.
2. personal development
Increase capacity of participants to identify and build upon strengths to improve self-esteem, agency and leadership skills.
Provide financial literacy education and increase access, persistence, and completion of post-secondary education in order to have access to higher paying career options and independence in the future.
Increase the provision of a supportive environment through the use of mentors that will increase academic excellence and support for GGAL participants during high school, and as they transition into and complete their college degree.
5. Parent Engagement
Increase overall student participation, retention and success in GGAL by establishing and nurturing two-way partnerships with parents and students.
Assistance in resumes, college applications, essay writing, financial aid applications, etc.
English literacy and speaking practice
Editing and revising papers
Math, science, and English subject support
leadership & career exploration
Field trips and college visits
Mentor program with local college students
Read about some of our recent mentors here!
Financial literacy and money management workshops
How to join
WHEN AND WHERE
Washington Technology Magnet School (open to Washington students only)
Monday-Friday 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Monday and Wednesday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Oromo Community of Minnesota (open to all)
Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm- 5:30pm
HOW TO PARTICIPATE & COST
Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership is FREE!
We accept girls into our program on a rolling basis!
For more information please email Nancy Hlee Vang at firstname.lastname@example.org
GGAL Program Coordinator