Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership

GGAL is an academic, leadership and college preparation program for underserved and at-risk immigrant/refugee girls. 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. 

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ggal goals


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.


3. self-sufficiency

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.

4. Mentorship

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.


Our activities

college preparation

  • Assistance in resumes, college applications, essay writing, financial aid applications, etc.

homework support

  • English literacy and speaking practice

  • Editing and revising papers

  • Math, science, and English subject support

leadership & career exploration

  • Field trips and college visits

  • Volunteering

  • Mentor program with local college students

    • Read about some of our recent mentors here!



Join us!


  • Washington Technology Magnet School

    • Monday-Friday

    • 1:45pm - 3pm

  • Oromo Community of Minnesota

    • Tuesday and Thursday

    • 4pm- 5:30pm


  • Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership is FREE!

  • We accept girls into our program on a rolling basis!

  • For more information please email us at

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