About Our Programs

Leadership development improves schooling outcomes, decreases risky behaviors, and helps girls plan a successful future.

Since launching LEAD in 2015, more than 500 girls have benefited from our programs. Partnering with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, over 200 girls enroll annually at one of our four school-year sites: Mineral Springs Middle School, Wiley Magnet Middle School, Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy and our Community LEAD Program. In addition to students from our partner schools, at Community LEAD we serve students from other local Title One schools, charter schools, and girls who are referred to our program by Juvenile Justice Courts and Forsyth County Department of Social Services. Learn more about our five core programs:


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LEAD by the Numbers

LEAD Girls programs empower and inspire hundreds of Winston-Salem girls age 11 to 16. This year we will serve 355 girls!

240 girls: LEAD Programs & LEAD Academy

During the 2019-20 school year, our programs serve 125 middle school girls every week: 88 girls attend our LEAD Programs at their schools; 17 girls attend Community LEAD; and 20 girls attend LEAD Academy.  LEAD Academy is a year-long program for participants this school year. Our school-based LEAD Programs and Community LEAD offer two 10-week sessions this school year, serving different participants in each session. In all, we’ll serve 240 girls throughout this school year in LEAD Programs, Community LEAD and LEAD Academy.

15 girls: Fashion Summer Camp

At our summer 2020 Fashion Camp, 15 girls age 11 to 16 will join us to learn firsthand from local women business owners and fashionistas how to launch and manage their very own fashion business. From designing and crafting fashions, to funding their business and marketing their venture, girls will get hands-on training from Winston-Salem women.

100 girls: Girls Rising Expo

The 2020 Girls Rising Expo is gearing up to welcome 100 girls age 11 to 16 for a full day of learning, leadership and community-building, along with inspirational and aspirational experiences that will last a lifetime.

Helping girls build, tap and grow their confidence is at the heart of our work at LEAD Girls. Confidence building gives girls the foundation they need to do better at school, to defy peer pressures and to set and achieve their own success goals. We’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand how LEAD Girls of NC helps middle school girls in our community set goals and actively work toward their bright futures. Our participants regularly report changes in their outlook, beliefs and goal-setting. Read more >

Our goal is simple: to equip girls with the skills they need to successfully navigate challenges and difficulties, now and in their futures. Each day, with every girl we reach, we’re making steady progress toward that goal. If you believe in a bright future for today’s girls, we invite you to learn more about our programs and to partner with us.



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



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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.