Our Signature Programs

The future of female innovators starts here!

Snapshot of our Program Calendar

No matter what time of year or the age of your girl, Girls For A Change has a program, event or activity she will love and gain a community around.

Our Signature Programs are listed immediately below and our rotating specialty programs will be listed near the bottom of this page.

Girls For A Change Program Calendar Snapshot

1st-8th Grade

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After School Program at Chesterfield Branch

Registration for our in-person After School Program is open.

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

Girl Action Team
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Girl Action Teams

Registration open now. 12 participants per team.

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

For 2021-22 school year, you may apply for a Girl Action Team if you attend Huguenot, John Marshall, Thomas Dale or Thomas Jefferson High Schools, or Salem Middle School.

NextUp is open to Richmond Public School Middle School Students.

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. Program is full and reopens November 2022 for the 2023 Girl Ambassador Program.

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 6-8

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Camp Diva Leadership Academy

Registration open.
Register for a Camp Diva Info Session
Camp Diva Orientation will happen before we start.

Camp Diva Leadership Academy kicks off each summer for rising 6th to 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 Girls in grades 3-5

For Middle School Girls in grades 6-8

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Girls Who Code

Registration open. Free. 8 week session.

Jan. 20 - May 12 • Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm
3rd -5th graders

Feb. 10 - Apr. 14 • Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
6th - 8th graders

Girls For A Change partners with Girls Who Code to offer coding instruction to Middle School girls.

The Spring 2022 Girls Who Code cohort will participate in a Girls Who Code collaboration with Doja Cat to engage with DojaCode, an interactive music video experience. The girls will play the role of music video director by using basic coding languages to alter key creative video production elements from changing nail designs, to controlling background effects, to manifesting Doja herself out of thin air. After practicing coding concepts using DojaCode, the girls will use the Scratch platform to create their own music video project.

Website link: Girls Who Code HQ
Program Code: VA37082
When enrollment opens, follow these steps to sign up:

For Girls in grades 7-9

Functional Ceramics

Functional Ceramics, fromm planting to eating

From planting to eating.

Registration open. 20 spots available.
Registration closes April 16 or when the program is full.
Free. 6 weeks.

Meeting days:
Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Location:
Fonticello Food Forest
2715 Bainbridge St,
Richmond, VA 23225

Participants will plant seedlings and nurture them. Girls will also create ceramic planters for themselves and community members while becoming versed in resourcefulness, food justice, and cultivation of plants. Girls will develop an appreciation for nature from diverse perspectives. Instructors include members of Happily Natural and the Earth Folk Collective, the organization that serves as caretakers of the Fonticello Food Forest located in Richmond's Southside.

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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