Change a girl.
Change a community.
Change the world.

Girls LEADing the way

Building a brighter future for our community starts with building a brighter future for our youth–especially girls. We’re equipping girls to confidently make thoughtful choices about their lives in the present, as the building blocks for a lifetime of smart, confident choices. What we teach girls now will help them grow into independent, capable and secure women.

Don’t just take our word for it. Watch our video to witness what others have to say about our impact. Help girls take the lead in their lives and in our nation’s future. Support LEAD Girls!

What
is LEAD?
Peer Power
Mentoring and peer support are at the heart of our work. Our workshops challenge girls to explore their creativity, confidently assert their viewpoints and dialogue openly about things that matter to them. We use an evidence-based model as a framework for our activities.
It Takes a Village
We believe it truly does take a village to raise strong girls. As a LEAD sponsor you’ll fuel the next generation of confident, determined women in the Winston-Salem and Greensboro communities. Make a donation and make a difference. Explore our available sponsorship opportunities.

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1 in 3 local girls will struggle to achieve stability in adulthood. We’re on a mission to change that.
Helping girls see a road to a successful future and charting a path to get there is what we do.
We partner with schools and other community organizations to host LEAD Girls workshops during school time and on weekends.

More than 300 girls have already completed LEAD Girls training and we’ll train another 120 in the 2018-2019 school year.

Share the LEAD Love
“Joy Nelson has been instrumental in childhood development, female mentoring and giving back to her community. The students really respect that her mentoring is not a one time deal but an on going journey. We are very pleased to have Lead Girls of NC and their founder Joy Nelson volunteer here at High School Ahead Academy.”

Dustin K. Johnson

Health Teacher, High School Ahead Academy

“The LEAD Girls of NC program has had a positive impact on our school community. [T]he girls were in a lot of drama, some got into fights and most had self-esteem issues. Since working the LEAD Girls of NC, I can see a major change in these young ladie .”

Jameshia Hunter

School Counselor, Allen Middle School (Guilford County)

“The Lead Girls of NC program is lovely. My girls have learned life skills, values, budgeting, and to love themselves unconditionally. Having confidence and compassion is a key part of life. LEAD Girls also teaches them to be ambitious, courteous, and humble.”

Melissa Shuff Wilson

Mother of two LEAD participants

“Thank you for your passion to give back and pour love, empowerment and leadership into our girls. To work with teenage girls is not an easy task. I have to say that since my daughter has been a part of LEAD, I have noticed her coming out of her shell a lot more. Her interest in different things has grown.”

Fanetta

Mother of a LEAD participant

We are mentors and so much more
Mentoring and peer support are at the heart of our work. Our workshops challenge girls to explore their creativity, confidently assert their viewpoints and dialogue openly about things that matter to them. We use an evidence-based model as a framework for our activities.

Workshop leaders and the girls build rapport and trust, to make our workshops a safe space for sharing and growing. As a program model, mentoring works!

Source: The National Mentoring Partnership

Young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are more likely to:
  • Enroll in College: 55% more likely 55%
  • Volunteer Regularly: 78% more likely 78%
  • Being a Mentor: 90% more likely 90%
  • Be a Leader: 130% more likely 100%
LEAD News
Read the latest news and happening at LEAD. Don’t miss a thing — stay in touch by subscribing to our monthly newsletter and connecting with us on social media.

Third Anniversary Celebration Dec 9th

Each December, LEAD celebrates the accomplishments of our girls and recognizes the individuals, businesses and community leaders who help make a difference. The event features a prominent speaker, presentations from LEAD girls, and The Leading the Way Awards for a school official, individual community supporter and a LEAD Girl.

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Welcome Back LEAD Girls!

As we gear up to launch a new year of LEAD Girls, join us in welcoming our new participants to the program! We look forward to an exciting year of growth, learning and transformation as we work to uplift and equip our young ladies to chart their course for a successful future — starting now.

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Annual Sponsorships Available

LEAD Girls of NC is seeking sponsorships to help expand its programs and enable more middle school age girls to participate. While there are a variety of programs available for boys, similar programs for girls of this age are extremely limited. Your sponsorship will strengthen LEAD’s ability to continue its current programs while building a foundation for future expansion.

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Our Great Supporters
Without the generous support of our many friends and allies, our work would not be possible. Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and partner organizations!

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Office

500 W. 4th Street
Suite 203B
Winston-Salem, NC
27101

336-517-6044

info@leadgirls.org

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LEAD Girls of NC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 82-0984711. All donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.