We are proud to announce that 2008-09 was GFC's biggest year ever - with more girls and Girl Action Teams implementing social change in more places than ever before - over 100 Girl Action Teams created projects!
After our National Tour in fall 2008, which resulted in training 2,300 girls as change agents over 26 days, GFC launched a new site in Richmond, VA. Outside of Richmond, teams that were added nationally included schools in New York City, Philadelphia and Toledo. In addition, GFC reached girls in 6 different countries this year through our partnerships with Soccer Without Borders and Girls Helping Girls.
Check out the amazing social change projects created by girls throughout the country here!
Our work is not possible without the hundreds of supporters each year that give time and support to GFC. Our GFC Coaches are the heart of our work. They meet weekly with girls to implement the GFC program. All Coaches are volunteers. We are deeply grateful to our coaches and wanted to share feedback from them about their year:
"Coaching and listening ... has transformed the way I communicate with my friends and family."
"In my own teaching, GFC has taught me strategies to help me to allow my classroom to be more student driven. I also have learned that empowering the community and education are more effective methods of social change, as opposed to charity."
"The whole coaching concept has changed how I approach people/life - asking powerful questions, deeply listening, giving permission to everyone to be honest and authentic, and debriefing. The whole concept of being partners with the girls has spread to other parts of my life as has the integration of fun (activities)."
"Even after several years of my career spent as a project manager, working with the girls has really helped me think more about how to harness the energy of a group in pursuit of a goal. The girls have so much energy, and it can go in a lot of different directions. Using the activities, and finding ways to really allow the girls to own their project has changed the way I approach working with teams in my job. It's also made me think differently about my ability to impact the community around me."
"Personally, it has offered me an accomplishment outside of my family, that I can share with them. Very self-fulfilling."
"My surprising success at relating to the girls and the girls relating to me reminded me of the things that really matter in life - human connection, unconditional acceptance and opening oneself to possibilities."
"I have learned skills with understanding, listening and leading a group that help me SO MUCH in the work place!! Being a coach makes me practice the skills I need to be an all around kind person and I'm so glad I got this opportunity."