Our Signature Programs

The future of female innovators starts here!

1st-8th Grade

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After School Program at Chesterfield Branch

Registration for our in-person After School Program is closed at this time.

Our goal is to create a safe, stable and nurturing environment to support busy families with adult supervision for their children when they are not in school.

6th-12th Grade

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Girl Action Teams

Registration usually opens up in October
and goes through May.

Because of the current environment, Girl Action Teams have registrations throughout the year. Please visit the Girl Action Team page for more information.

For 2020-21 school year, if you attend Huguenot High School, Petersburg High School or
Franklin Military Academy check with your school to enroll.

NextUp is open to Richmond Public School Middle School Students.

Jr.NBA Girl Action Team registration is open to middle and high school girls in the Richmond Metro Area. Registration is open until February 22.

Girl Action Teams are free community programs for girls in grades 6-12 to identify challenges in their communities, and design and implement creative solutions to address them as teams. Each group has two women coaches to guide and support the girls through the project. This program runs in partnership with public schools and communities. Girl Action Teams can be offered through schools, community centers, faith-based organizations and other places.

9th-12th Grade

Girl Ambassador Program, Ready to Work
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Girl Ambassador Program

Registration closed.
Registration opens again: January 2022

The Girl Ambassador Program (GAP) is a 21st-century workforce development program for Black girls and other girls of color that teaches hybrid skills and prepares them for better-paying jobs in technology and professional careers. GAP is a four-year, tiered approach that supports paced learning and development, where certified instructors work with girls based on their individual software and hardware proficiencies and life experiences.

For Girls in grades 1-8

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Camp Diva Leadership Academy

Registration details to come.
Camp Diva Open Houses will be scheduled soon!
Camp Diva Orientation will happen before we start.

Camp Diva Leadership Academy kicks off each summer for rising 1st-8th-grade girls. They explore our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Lab. As they are immersed in these subjects, they begin to understand that girls, too, can be pioneers in these areas. Girls will spend each day learning about programming, sewing, robotics, and more.

9th-12th Grade

We also welcome young women
who have graduated - Ages 18 to 21

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Immersion Lab

Registration open now.
$25/mo. or $15 for drop in sessions.

Girls For A Change offers a monthly professional development program for high school and early college students to gain certifications, learn new skills, and get insights from experts in multiple fields and industries.

Keep up with all of our latest Programs on our Calendar of Events

Specialized Programs

The initiatives below are created in partnership with other organizations to help elevate Black girls.

For Middle School Girls in grades 6-8

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Girls Who Code

Registration closed.
Free. 8 week session from March to May.

Girls For A Change partners with Girls Who Code to offer coding instruction to Middle School girls. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

Website link: Girls Who Code HQ
Program Code: VA33120
When enrollment opens, follow these steps to sign up:

Girls Who Code registration process

For Middle School Girls in grades 6-8

Culinary & Food Science Program

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Foods of the Future:
What Will We Be Eating?

Registration open. 30 spots available.
Registration closes April 8.
Free. 4 sessions in April and May.
Culinary Kits for Everyone!

Weekly food baskets will be provided for the recipes.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes will be conducted in Microsoft Teams.

INFO SESSION - March 31, 5:30pm.

Join our team of Griffith Foods Chefs and Food Scientists as you learn culinary skills in the kitchen and learn how to bring them to life through the discipline of Food Science.

Each week, one of our expert chefs will teach you a different recipe breaking down the techniques of preparing, seasoning, and cooking. We will provide tips on how to pick healthy ingredients while shopping, and what you can do with them.

Our expert team of food scientists will then discuss the science behind the preparation of these dishes, as well as quality and food safety. We hope to inspire you to make these great foods again in the future for your friends and family, while taking away new skills in the Culinary Arts and inspiration in the Food Science careers.

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A Place To Call Our Own

Girls For A Change — Chesterfield Branch
100 Buford Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
804-405-2827

Our headquarters in Chesterfield, VA, provides after school and summer programs for girls in first through eighth grades in the Richmond metropolitan area. The programs focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (also known as STEAM). Trained staff members, certified teachers, volunteers and community partners work to provide social and emotional support, and help our girls achieve academic excellence, gain leadership skills, feel empowered, and attain economic training and development on their journey to womanhood.

Services Include:

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STEAM Education

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Homework Support
and Tutoring

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Physical Activities

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Healthy Snacks

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Social and Emotional Wellness

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Entrepreneurship

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Financial Literacy

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Hands-on Experiential Learning

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Supportive Supervision