The Girls For A Change model is built on our core values and uses social change, youth development and coaching to fully engage women and girls in creating change. There are four elements of the model:
- Girl Action Teams: Girls participate in teams to identify challenges their communities face, then design and implement creative solutions to address them. Each team has 5-10 girls and two women Coaches to guide and support them through the project.
- New Girls' Network: GFC connects girls to a network of professionals and elected officials who help girls build their own web of contacts and mentors. This network helps girls accomplish their GFC project as well as their personal goals. It also builds a bridge to the opportunities of the community, as many GFC girls live in lower income areas.
- Girl Events: In 2008, GFC's Annual Girl Summit hit the road for our first ever National Tour! Girls throughout the US particpate in Change Your World Trainings as the National Tour comes to their schools. More than 2,500 girls learn about social change and how to create it in these trainings. Girls in all sites attend an annual Spring Into Action training for girls and coaches and a Completion Ceremony. Spring Into Action includes skill based workshops for girls that relate to the work on their project. The Completion Ceremony is an annual celebration of girls and coaches!
- Girl Steering Committee: Each year, 15-20 girls also participate as members of the Girl Steering Committee. As members of the Steering Committee, girls serve on organizational committees and also have the opportunity to join the local Advisory Board or the National Board of Directors. At the national level, at least four girls sit on the Board and act as voting members. There is no quorum without two voting girl members at a Board meeting. Girl Board Members also participate in annual strategic planning meetings for the organization and advise staff.