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GGAL Program Crd., Naly Vang, hopes to help women and girls break barriers

Naly Vang is our new Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) Program Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with her masters in Social Work in Community Practice. Naly was hired this past October and has set up GGAL workshops for Washington Tech and Leap High School.

Naly Vang

Naly said, “Going into the field of social work meant I was able to provide resources to individuals who don’t have access to it or who don’t know where to look for it.” Naly was excited about the position because she looks forward to helping shape, and empower, the students so that they have all the tools they need to be successful.

“I think my number one goal is to help women or female-identified individuals surpass gender norms and break barriers. I would like to see more women of color in leadership roles and go outside of their comfort zone.”

Naly said that she feels genuinely supported here at WISE and that Dr. Holder, as well as the rest of the staff at WISE, has been essential in empowering her to make this role rewarding for both her and the GGAL participants.

Naly is planning on a successful rest of the year, “I look forward to doing more work with GGAL participants and mentors. I believe mentors make such a huge impact on the girls. I am very excited to see connections and bonds form. I am most passionate about helping individuals propel, succeed, and seeing them do amazing things; that's why I am here at WISE.”


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