GIRLS TODAY, LEADERS TOMORROW IMPACT PARTNERS
Over the last six years, United Way has been proud to partner with a number of local agencies that share our commitment to improving the lives of children throughout our region.
In addition to quality learning opportunities in a school environment, young girls also need a safe place to go after the bell rings. Through agencies that provide gender-specific girls programming, Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow participants are exposed to positive and caring adults, and receive useful information and services to help them succeed, setting a path for success in college and the work world, all while dreaming big and staying focused. GTLT is a wise investment in our future, connecting young girls with academic and social supports to help them avoid risky behaviors that can jeopardize their futures.
Together with our Impact Partners, we use the “ABC’s” to identify girls in 7th grade who may be at risk to drop out of high school. The “ABC’s,” also referred to as Early Warning Indicators, include: Attendance below 80%, Poor Behavior marks, and/or Course grades in math or reading below a “C.” Not only does GTLT reverse early warning indicators, but it also helps to:
- Increase awareness of educational and career opportunities
- Promote the importance of goal-setting
- Demonstrate the importance of a college education and how to plan courses of study and extracurricular activities to support career goals
- Assist with academic tutoring, career exploration, work readiness skills, and college application, preparation and exposure
- Provide in-service learning opportunities
Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Impact Partners
In this work, we partner with a number of organizations in the region to help identify girls from low performing schools in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties who would benefit from GTLT.
- Excell Community Development Corporation
- Foundation for Pottstown Education, Pottstown Middle School
- Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
- Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Girls Track Program
- United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
- Youth Services, Inc.
- YWCA Tri-County Area
Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow provides girls with an opportunity to connect and create positive and meaningful relationships with peers and adults, alike. GTLT girls have an opportunity to discover themselves, which in turn leads to improvement in school. Building confidence and self-esteem and establishing stronger interpersonal skills empowers these girls and allows them to recognize that they can make a difference, whether in school, with friends or with their families. They realize their potential to develop personal power, and are empowered to improve their own lives and share in ways to help others.
Kelly Grosser – YWCA Tri-County Area and Foundation for Pottstown Education
Consider making a donation!
- $35 supports a day of art and cultural enrichment for one girl
- $75 supports a full year’s transportation to GTLT sessions for one girl
- $100 supports college visit preparation for one girl
- $500 supports the GTLT career and college readiness program, including the Voices curriculum at LaSalle University for one girl
- $1000 supports a full year’s participation in the GTLT program for one girl