Girl Ambassador Program

Our girls don’t just want equal opportunities, but every opportunity

Girl Ambassador Program

Our girls don’t just want equal opportunities, but every opportunity

The Experience

The Experience

Girl Ambassador Program is a four-year program serving girls from 9th through 12th grade. Girls may only begin the program in 9th grade in order to gain the full benefit. The program is designed in tiers so skills are learned and developed at a natural pace through training sessions, and their experiences complement their training.

Girls will attend workshops throughout their four-year experience in order to acquire job readiness and leadership skills, financial literacy, and tools that will prepare them for working in the digital marketplace and today’s technology fields.

9th Grade or 1st Year

Participants will be introduced to various software programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, etc. and participate in workshops featuring social media, marketing, event planning, office etiquette experts and more.

These skills will allow them to create documents, presentations and reports for school, employers or other organizations.

First-year students will either be placed in an internship or serve as a volunteer.

10th Grade or 2nd Year

The students will build upon what they learned in the first year of the program. The second year will delve more into specific software training/tracks and prepare for certification exams. Participants will develop their knowledge of the most popular software services and products. They will continue participating in workshops featuring social media, marketing, event planning, office etiquette experts and more.

At the end of this year, participants will have learned data, project and software management.

Second-year students will be placed in an internship or serve as a volunteer.

11th Grade or 3rd Year

On the Job Training
After completing years one and two, participants will continue developing their skills through our signature training program and will be placed at the same internship site from year two or with a new employer. In addition, participants will continue learning through workshops featuring industry experts and developing their leadership skills.

12th Grade

On the Job Training
After completing years one, two and three, participants will continue developing their skills and pursue full-time employment opportunities with former employers or go on to higher education or vocational schools.

By the 4th year, participants will be able to:
- Start careers or businesses with the certifications and skills gained from the program
- Enter college with Microsoft and other certifications
- Continue their path in a trade, certificate or license program

All girls will have the opportunity to attend annual field trips, including a special Creative Industry Tour in
New York City!*

*additional fees may apply

All girls will have the opportunity to attend annual field trips, including a special Creative Industry Tour in
New York City!*

*additional fees may apply

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Girl Ambassador was focused on exposure to the business aspects of the creative industry, particularly on opportunities for women of color working behind the scenes.

While the adventures in New York and Richmond offered a variety of new perspectives and information, as I reflect I realize that I learned a lot more about myself over the course of our two-week camp. When faced with challenging situations, I've found that I am able to keep a level head and navigate my way through it.

I gained a better sense of my own perseverance despite the complexities of power dynamics that are at play in both social and professional arenas.

– Jendayi Johnson, Girl Ambassador Program


It [is] important to remember that we need to be represented because we are capable and deserving. We just need equal opportunities.

–Odessa Hott Girl Ambassador Participant

Jendayi Johnson - Girl Ambassador Program
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Girl Ambassador was focused on exposure to the business aspects of the creative industry, particularly on opportunities for women of color working behind the scenes.

While the adventures in New York and Richmond offered a variety of new perspectives and information, as I reflect I realize that I learned a lot more about myself over the course of our two-week camp. When faced with challenging situations, I've found that I am able to keep a level head and navigate my way through it.

I gained a better sense of my own perseverance despite the complexities of power dynamics that are at play in both social and professional arenas.

– Jendayi Johnson, Girl Ambassador Program


It [is] important to remember that we need to be represented because we are capable and deserving. We just need equal opportunities.

–Odessa Hott Girl Ambassador Participant

Jendayi Johnson - Girl Ambassador Program
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Program Schedule & Deadline

Program Schedule & Deadline

The Girl Ambassador program begins every spring and goes through the summer. Girls attend various workshops and build their skills through specialized training sessions. In the summer, they take action—volunteering, job shadowing, participating in paid or unpaid internships and working on projects for real employers.

The Application Process
The application process for the 2021 Girl Ambassador Program closes on January 15th, 2021.

The Program Schedule
The program will require participants to commit to 8 hours a week. Participants will attend class for two hours during the weekdays (*Tuesday and Wednesday) and 6 hours on *Saturday.

The program runs from January 23th, 2021 until May 16th, 2021. Internships will take place from July 2021 to August 2021.

*Schedule is subject to change

Information Sessions
Interested in learning more? Attend one of our information sessions.

  • December 9th: Virtual Information Session via Zoom; Register here.
  • December 14th: In-Person Information Session; Register here.
  • January 13th: Virtual Information Session via Zoom; Register here.

Ready To Get Started
Apply here. Please note that there is a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee.

Girls For A Change (GFAC) is a nonprofit youth development organization aimed at empowering Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, innovation and social change in their communities. Altimese has set-up a $1K scholarship to VCU that continues every calendar year for five years through her agency, ANE, LLC. The scholarship will be offered to girls enrolled in the GFAC Girl Ambassador Program, a workforce development program for High School girls designed to help prepare them for the future of work.

"Having the opportunity to pay it forward and help young women on their journeys of growth is what life is all about. As an African American woman who had to struggle through school financially, I know personally the stress it brings. My goal is to alleviate a little bit of that anxiety, especially during this time in our history, and I request that other women of color entrepreneurs join me. Together our efforts can help lift the next generation of leaders to have a better foundation and knowing that they are supported in their efforts to achieve their goals." - Altimese Nichole, CEO, Ezer Agency

“Higher education should be closing the gap between the rich and the poor. But college economics are driving them further apart. I was onboard immediately after Altimese shared her story and vision for the scholarship she wanted to offer. While tuition fees go up every year, the cost of a college education extends to room and board, transportation, food, entertainment, parking, etc. This is why scholarships are so important, especially for Black girls. While scholarships may not cover the entire cost of school, they definitely help reduce it and they don’t have to be paid back line loans. I can tell countless stories about Black women who spent most of their college years stressed with the uncertainties of returning to school for the next semester due to financial barriers. We appreciate this gift to share with our Girl Ambassador participants and look forward to welcoming more Black women entrepreneurs sharing their stories and supporting our girl's dream to continue her education.” - Angela Patton, CEO, Girls For A Change

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