Academic Support & Mentoring for Underserved Girls

by Girls to Women
May 18, 2012

Academic Year 2011-2012

g2W Participant
g2W Participant

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

During the 2011-2012 academic year, through our after-school program we served a group of 24 girls in grades K - 8th.  63% are Latina, 25% Pacific-Islander, 4% African-American and 8% Asian-Indian. Please continue reading to learn about girls’ recent achievements and about our dedicated volunteers & interns. 

Please remember that for a basic rundown of this program (the basic objectives and the organization of Academic Support & Mentoring) you can always read one of our earlier Progress Reports, for example from January of 2010. 

THANK YOU for your support!


Participants’ Recent Achievements 

Congratulations to our participants for their outstanding triumphs, academically and beyond!

Maria, a Girls to Women (g2W) participant for nearly two years, recently presented on Princess Diana as part of a school assignment. As soon as she received the assignment, Maria’s goal was for her presentation to be immaculate. In the weeks leading up to the presentation, she completed the necessary research, practiced, and asked for feedback from program staff. All of her dedication and hard work paid off. The day after her presentation, she walked into program dressed as Princess Diana and handed staff a graded rubric with a red-ink 100% written at the top.

Esmeralda & Taevia, are two of our “oldest” participants. They have not only been with Girls to Women since the beginning, but they are also a part of the “older girls” group, girls in grades 6th-8th. g2W staff has witnessed their transition into pre-adolescence and applaud them for their inner growth. Both are dedicated to their schoolwork. Every afternoon, they come in to program and go straight into completing their homework. They have been doing extraordinarily well on their class assignments and tests, and the A’s on their report cards show that their hard work has paid off. Esmeralda and Taevia, have developed into young leaders at Girls to Women. On top of their own academic work, they assist younger girls with homework, read to them, and even lead enrichment activities. 

Volunteers and Interns

Volunteers and interns play a significant role in the support and development of the girls we serve. They provide crucial academic support while cultivating close and influential relationships with the girls. Currently we have seven adult volunteers and eight high-school interns working with the girls. Volunteer backgrounds range from a retired engineer and a college student, to a Math Professor at a local college. All high-school interns are goal-oriented students well on their way to attend four-year universities. Aside from providing focused academic support (two volunteers come in once a week to provide math tutoring to girls who need the extra help), volunteers and interns also lead activities in the arts, gardening, cooking and much more. Our current volunteers and interns donate their time ranging in one hour a week to 8 hours a week. 

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Participants reading



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Organization Information

Girls to Women

Location: East Palo Alto, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Patrica Foster
Executive Director
East Palo Alto, CA United States

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