We are a community-based mentorship program for elementary (4th-5th), middle and high school girls. We empower (at-risk) teen girls to succeed in every area of life regardless of their family background, educational challenges or socio-economic status. We assist girls in addressing the BASES (behaviors, academics, social, emotional, and spiritual side); all while being guided by supporting mentor.
Chekesha White, B.S, MAT, Ed.S, NBCT
A 22-year veteran educator who has seen first hand what happens to young girls who face peer pressure, have low or non-existent self-esteem, take part in risky behavior, have uninvolved parents, get bullied or abused, lack self-confidence or simply make poor choices in life.
From seeing teen girls become mothers in the 8th grade to dropping out in the 10th grade, Chekesha realized that something had to be done to help girls reach their highest potential in school and in life. She wanted to restore and rebuild the self-image and self-worth of these young girls. She had the desire to improve the educational, spiritual, and social experiences of middle school girls and as a result G.I.R.L.S. Club (G.C.) was established.
Since its inception in 2005, G.C. has been fortunate to alter the direction of thousands of teen girls in the Hampton Roads Area. The organization has grown from one mentor in an after-school program with 10-15 mentees to a community organization with over 80 mentors and 500 teens girls that enroll yearly.
G.C is proud to include first generation college graduates as part of its mentee achievements. In addition, former mentess have been impaceted enough and have returned as mentors.
G.C. currently serves students in Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, and Richmond, Virginia.
Who we serve
Teen girls who may experience: academic failure, single parent rearing, divorce, parental incarceration, separation, bullying, abuse, identity confusion, absenteeism, lack social skills, hopelessness, or low self-esteem/confidence.
Teen girls who may need: leadership experience, college preparation, career exploration, conflict resolution, community service, financial education, self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, decision-making skills, or social awareness,