Model & Strategy

Girls for a Change is a national organization that empowers girls and young women to lead social change within their communities. The program inspires girls to have the voice, confidence and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decisionmakers, create visionary change and realize their full potential. Girls for a Change provides resources and facilitates collaborative youth-mentor partnerships with professional women. These mentors are trained to serve as powerful role models, advocate and guide girls seeking to tackle issues within their own neighborhoods and beyond. Girls for a Change is committed to instilling civic engagement in young women while fostering personal growth and practical skills grounded in relevant community-based action.

At a Glance
Founded: 2001
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast
Girls for a Change
PO Box 14844
Richmond, VA 23221
Addressing challenges and expanding opportunities
Meet Niko Everett

Niko Everett started her work with young urban women as a manager at Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. She co-founded the Silicon Valley Girls Coalition and was one of the authors of the “Women and Girls 2000 & Beyond: Strategies for Success” report published in 2001 by the Office of Women’s Advocacy. With several years of experience in media relations, Niko has directed marketing campaigns for organizations such as Nokia. In January 1999, she co-founded Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, a Bay Area organization that promotes women with socially conscious agendas to reach high positions of leadership in business, government, and not-for-profit work. She has spoken about social entrepreneurship at The Haas Business School, The Simmons School of Management and The National Women’s Leadership Coalition.

Angela Patton became the new CEO of Girls for a Change in 2013, after joining the staff in 2011.  Prior to Girls for a Change, Angela founded a non-profit called CAMP DIVA, which runs programs to empower African-American girls.  In 2012 she held a TEDxWomen talk in Washington, DC.

IMPACT

More than 200 high school students received teen pregnancy prevention materials at their school.

More than 100 middle and high school students learned about how they can love their bodies and have a positive self image.

More than 50 high school students and their family members attended a workshop about how students who are immigrants can access higher education.

More than 100 5th graders actively participated in a school assembly about bullying prevention.

  • This is why we do the work. So black girls and girls of color are included. We make sure our girls are given opport… https://t.co/eO8M3HgsPV
  • Do you have a daughter with an eye for design or an interest in fashion? Applications are open for our one-week Cre… https://t.co/XYfkwCrP0q
  • Our Sewing 101 Class starts this Saturday! There's still time to register: https://t.co/CO5d8Mv7qr
  • RT @StreetLawInc: Volunteers from @CapitalOne completed the 1st Legal Life Skills Program in Richmond, VA, with a lesson on civic engagemen…
  • RT @eatsmartrva: Just $8 can provide a healthy lunch for a Camp Diva camper in-need. Not only is your donation tax-deductible, but you'd be…
  • Our last Camp Diva Leadership Academy Open House is Saturday, May 19th! Come learn all about this year's activities… https://t.co/edi504D0Zt
  • Camp Diva Leadership Academy is looking for interns! Internships last for 2-3 months and in some cases can earn you… https://t.co/9mzIuE8kfJ
  • RT @eatsmartrva: Access to healthy food matters. Help us support the wonderful campers of Camp Diva together with @girlsforachange. Every d…
  • Last call for sign-ups! Our last Girl Ambassador program info session is tomorrow at @mobelux Learn all about our R… https://t.co/6FFCUh8Rms
  • Thank you, @RVAHub for the story about our Ready to Work program! We're still looking to partner with local busines… https://t.co/OJRX9wYigG
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  • Real Life Mentorship in the Digital Age: https://t.co/pogSJ5DnoR
  • "I think if you ask any leader the importance of coaching less experienced colleagues, the answer will always be, i… https://t.co/wEnMqTeu6R
  • PHOTOS: Girls for a Change mural https://t.co/MwOHEDWBlL via @rtdnews
  • Do you want more diversity in your workplace? Looking to hire a trained intern over the summer? Learn more about… https://t.co/NBMTT39qta
  • Sewing classes start May 19th! Dust off your old machine and come learn how to use it. https://t.co/CO5d8Mv7qr
  • Two easy ways to help support Camp Diva: 1. Sponsor a lunch for a Camp Diva girl who may not have a healthy meal or… https://t.co/icpzpcjbNm
  • Girls For A Change girls are 95% more likely to build strong values and special friendships from our program. Have… https://t.co/Jm3DEO7ESN
  • RT @ChelseaWiseRVA: #BlackGirlMagic is all i can say about my afternoon with @girlsforachange 🖤 🖤
  • Isn't it time we heard it straight from those affected? Tonight at The Broad our girls will share their experiences… https://t.co/XwldCMBvVV