Girls to Women

To support girls as they design their futures for successful womanhood.

Girls to Women
PO Box 50368
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States

Executive Director

Patricia Foster

Management Team

Patricia Foster, Marquisa Hawkins

Board of Directors

Lorena Mendez-Quezada, Marva Monje, Henry Organ, Rachel Mandell Basile, Patricia Foster, Meda Okelo, Shoshana Carter, Donielle A Prince, Marquisa Hawkins

Project Leaders

Patrica Foster


To support girls as they design their futures for successful womanhood.


Girls to Women partners with families, other local youth development agencies, and local schools to provide a nurturing environment supporting 45 under-resourced school-aged girls' healthy development each year. At the core of our youth development approach is respect for the abilities, knowledge and potential of each girl we serve. They thrive among the positive, culturally-reflective female role models they find at Girls to Women. School Year Program: Every weekday afternoon during the school year we offer a comprehensive program that includes academic support; gardening & nature; sports & fitness; arts; health awareness; social & cultural skills-building; and leadership development. We generally expect girls to complete their homework assignments before moving on to other activities. Our Spanish-English bilingual staff and community volunteers support girls' development in a multicultural context. We maintain an adult-to-child ratio of 1:8 or lower. Summer Session: Our six-week summer session emphasizes fun and various outdoor activities, but we continue to embed literacy and problem-solving into the program. Girls take field trips to the beach, visit regional parks, swim, grow flowers and vegetables, find books they love at the East Palo Alto Library, practice their arithmetic through games and exercises, produce plays for our periodic Family Nights, and share favorite family recipes.

Statistics on Girls to Women

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $180,000
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $151,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $156,700
  • Other funding sources: For Calendar Year 2008: Charitable Foundations $99,500 Individual Donors $54,000 Program Fees
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
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