Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow

When young girls in low-performing schools are exhibiting at-risk behaviors, Women United’s signature program Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT) steps in and helps guide them back on track to high school graduation. By focusing on personal goals and achievement, each GTLT participant creates a path to college and career with support from their peers and mentors.

GTLT was introduced by Women United in 2007 as a way to empower and support our youth, and to date, more than 400 girls have completed the program.

Ra’Shay Gambrell

GTLT participant

Through the activities in GTLT, I’m learning how to organize my
school work and personal life so that I can stay on track to meet
my goals. Keeping my commitments has helped me to be confident
in myself, my decisions and the goals I have for my future. I know I
can achieve them because I’m prepared.

Key Focus Areas

  • Building Confidence. GTLT helps manage high school expectations and social pressures guiding positive choices and course selections Preparing for College. GTLT focuses on strong study habits and academic support, as well as college tours, help with applications and financial aid processes.
  • Providing Options for a Career. GTLT offers career speakers, job shadowing, internships, resume and interview skill-building to help connect girls to career options
  • Testing for Success. GTLT provides support and strategies for successful testing, essay writing, ACT and SAT preparedness, and tutoring assistance
  • Promoting Service. GTLT encourages community service through an annual Martin Luther King Day of Service project and more

Partners

  • City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos
  • Excell Community Development Corporation
  • Foundation for Pottstown Education
  • Girls Incorporated of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
  • UrbanPromise
  • YWCA Tri-County Area

Goals

The GTLT model incorporates best practices in youth development and college-and-career readiness. GTLT goals include:

  • Focusing on improving daily school attendance and academics
  • Participating in new opportunities such as hands-on STEM experiments and team projects
  • Exploring career options and visiting local college campuses
  • Seeking ways to connect with community through volunteerism

Results

  • 80% improve attendance and course completion in math or science
  • 75% graduate high school and enroll in college or a post-secondary program immediately
  • 65% follow the program to graduation

Bobby Xayamoungkhoun

GTLT participant

In 7th grade I was transferred to a new middle school. Overtime as I attended GTLT sessions I learned how to interact with other girls and adults. I learned helpful skills and qualities of being a leader. My confidence grew, I started opening up and I found a new ways to deal with situations at school and in social environments. Now, I participate in activities and push myself to open up and talk with others. I’m proud to say, I’m now an A/B student and I’ll be forever grateful for what I learned in the GTLT program.”

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