Girls For A Change has been recognized for the second time as the Nonprofit of the Year by the Metropolitan Business League!

Who We Are

Girls For A Change (GFAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization aimed at empowering self-identifying Black girls in Central Virginia to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, innovation, and social change in their communities. Our mission is to prepare Black girls for the world and the world for Black girls.

"We are Black girls. We are powerful.
We are amazing."

-Naomi Vickers

Girl Ambassador Participant

2022 Annual Report

Our Values

Our core values, fundamental to the empowerment and development of Black girls, are as follows:
  • Empowering Bold Visions and Playfulness
  • Uncompromising Integrity and Excellence
  • Systematic and Community-Centric Approach
  • Co-creation and Participation
  • Challenging the Status Quo
  • Two-Fold Mission of Preparation and Advocacy

Recent blogs

Natalie Rae and Angela Patton hold their Sundance Film Festival Award for 'Daughters' documentary

‘Daughters’ Documentary Receives Sundance Awards, Positive Reviews, Accolades

Incarcerated fathers and daughters reunite at a daddy-daughter dance in Sundance documentary Excerpt From AP News: PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Angela Patton has devoted her career to listening to the needs of young girls. Over a decade ago, the CEO of the nonprofit Girls For a Change and founder of Camp Diva Leadership Academy helped start a program…


Variety – ‘Daughters’ to Receive Subject Matter Grant at Sundance Film Festival

Subject Matter will award a grant of $25,000 to “Daughters” by Angela Patton and Natalie Rae. The documentary will have its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. The nonprofit organization Girls For A Change, led by Patton, will also receive a $20,000 grant. “The ‘Daughters’ documentary has been an 8-year…


Peer Advisors Take Flight: California to Atlanta

Greetings! My name is Afryea Williams. I’m 17 years old and in the 12th grade. I am a Peer Advisor for Girls For A Change. A Peer Advisor is an ambassador who endorses all things GFAC. A Peer Advisor works on social media content, promoting GFAC programs, and is an overall leader. This fall, an…


2023 Style Weekly Photos of the Year

Girls For A Change made Style Weekly Photos of the year!  Girl Action Team participant and Thomas Jefferson High School student Iyanna Harris was photographed during our “Show Up, TJ, and Secure the Bag” event as part of RVA FASHION WEEK. See all the photos Fashion show participant Iyanna Harris modeling at the The Girls For A…