We’re building the future.
Today’s girls are the future LEADers of North Carolina…and the world.
LEAD Girls of NC serves more than 150 girls annually. But many more who could benefit from LEAD’s evidence-based programs do not have access to these opportunities. Without support now, many of our girls will likely face significant struggles as adults. Their lives will increasingly become impacted by a complex network of disadvantages that can impact their physical health, cognitive abilities, emotional/social behavior, productivity, safety, family life, and overall well-being.
We’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand how LEAD Girls of NC is helping middle school girls in our community set goals for a better future. Since launching LEAD in 2015, 450 girls have benefited from the program. Partnering with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, over 150 girls are enrolled annually at one of four program sites: Mineral Springs Middle School, Wiley Magnet Middle School, Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy and at our Community LEAD location, which is open to girls from other Title One Schools, Juvenile Justice Courts, Charter schools and Forsyth County Department of Social Services.
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 partner with us.
About Our Programs
School Year Programs
LEAD Girls of NC is serving 150+ middle school girls in Forsyth county during the school year, in partnership with local schools, community-based groups and our workshops we host at our program offices. Our programs combine structured leadership training held in a classroom setting with community-based, experiential learning through community service projects, volunteering and educational field trips.
Summer Fashion Camp
In partnership with Goodwill, Winston-Salem Fashion Week and local women-owned businesses, LEAD Girls offers a summer enrichment camp program focused on entrepreneurship. Girls learn business basics including finances, sourcing materials and marketing. At the end of camp, they model their custom creations at Fashion Week!
This Expo host 100 6th-10th grade girls and their parents/guardians for a one-of-a-kind experience designed to equip them for the social, emotional and academic rigors of high school. Because when girls are motivated, inspired and equipped with tools and resources to succeed, they will rise! The Expo features a full day of high-energy workshops and inspiring presentations led by influential women from our community. Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to learn practical tips for high-school readiness, making education a priority at home, and how to encourage their daughters’ social and emotional development.
We utilize the One Circle Foundation’s Girls Circle curriculum as the framework for our classroom training. The curriculum is the first gender-responsive program in the country to demonstrate effectiveness in reducing delinquency for girls, and is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs.
With guidance from credentialed experts and model developers, we tailor our workshop topics and program content as needed to meet the specific needs and challenges of girls enrolled in the program. Because not every girl faces the same challenges nor has had the same life experiences based solely on her age, our team is mindful of girls’ differences and we adjust program content accordingly, without affecting the efficacy of the program model.
The cost to participate in LEAD Girls of NC is minimal, and we continually strive to make our programs affordable for each and every girl who wants to be a LEAD Girl. With grants and other financial support from our partners and donors, LEAD Girls is able to subsidize our program costs and offer a sliding scale fee for participants in several of our programs. Currently the cost varies depending on the program location. We have scholarship opportunities for girls who wish to participate in LEAD Girls of NC but who are unable to afford the program fee.
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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.