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More Volunteer Opportunities At Girls For A Change

Don’t have time to coach? Here are some other ways you can help make a difference in the lives of girls…

Networking Nights / Empower Hours
These events will take place every other month or so and are designed to introduce new potential donors and / or coaches to GFC. The
y each have unique characteristics, and we need additional committee members to help schedule and execute these fun evenings.

Abundance Events
These events will happen frequently throughout the year and will give potential donors a deeper view into GFC.

Signature Event
We’re working on a small-scale fundraising event and celebration in mid June 2010, but need to also start planning for 2011!

Golf Tournament
There is interest in hosting a golf tourney, so if you love golf this might be the project for you.  We need committee members.

Alumna Relations Committee - National
Are you a former coach or girl participant? We want to reach out to alumna girls and coaches and make sure we’re connecting in meaningful ways through events, communications, etc.

Graphics Pro Bono - National
If you have a graphic design background, we need help with layout of newsletters, etc.

Grant Research Volunteer - National
If you love to surf the web and have an eye for detail we need someone to review lists of foundations online to see if we should submit grants. Its lots of web surfing...

Contact: Lori Fitzmaurice, Chief Development Officer, at lori@girlsforachange.org or via phone at (408) 529-1298.

Be A GFC Coach

PartnerIMAGINE if girls are told they can change the world.
IMAGINE they are told this by powerful women.
IMAGINE that you are one of those women.

Each year, GFC Girl Action Teams in our sites around the world complete social change projects. Every team of girls is partnered with adult women volunteers, called Girl Action Team Coaches. Coaches guide girls through the process of creating change in their communities. We are looking for women to partner with middle school and high school girls in the fall and spring!

Being a GFC Coach means working with a team of girls for 4 months, supporting girls in designing and implementing a social change project and, most importantly, telling girls they're important and powerful and that they can change their world. GFC offers training, staff support and a coach manual to support you during the year.

Sign up today! Be a change agent in your community--and in the lives of girls. Find us in your city to learn more about volunteering. If GFC is not in your community yet, click here to learn more about how to get started.

Coach FAQ

Volunteering as a coach with Girls For A Change (GFC) is a dynamic and rewarding experience that leads to connections with young women throughout , implementation of a social change project and a contribution toward putting women at the global leadership table. Two Coaches work with each team with approximately 10-25 girls. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about this volunteer position.

Q. How long is the commitment?

Coaches for GFC begin with a mandatory orientation in either August or January. Teams will start in either early September or the beginning of January. There are also coach training sessions offered throughout the year on a variety of topics. We ask that you or one of the coaches from your team attends these trainings. We ask for you to commit to 12 weeks as a volunteer coach.  You can coach in the fall from August to December or in the spring from January to May (Please see the following questions on trainings for more information.)

Q. What if I cannot make a 12 week commitment?
If you are unable to commit for one full program term (12 weeks), Girls For A Change can work with you in a variety of ways. If you are not able to commit for the majority of the time period, we can explore other volunteer opprtunities within the organization.  Please contact your local Program Director for details.  

Q. Do you provide training?
GFC begins supporting coaches in the fall and spring with a mandatory orientation session. Coaches are provided with information needed for meetings including curriculum materials, forms and team management ideas. The training also includes how to work as a co-active leader with your partner coach. Following the fall orientation sessions, coaches are asked to attend at least two more training sessions on a variety of topics pertaining to social change projects and working with middle school and high school girls. The additional trainings are 2-3 hours long and offered every other month. 

Q. What if I miss trainings?
We ask that each coach tries to attend all trainings. If you are unable to attend a training, we ask that one coach from your team attends the training. This is something that you and your partner coach can coordinate during the coach orientation sessions as the dates are set for all sessions. The fall and spring orientation sessions are mandatory for coaches.

Q. How much time does it really take to be a coach?
We ask that coaches plan on committing 10-15 hours a month to Girls For A Change. This time includes:
- Four meetings with the girls (8 hours)
- One monthly coach training (2 hours)
- Prep and drive time (4-9 hours)
The majority of your time will be spent preparing for the meetings you are attending with the girls including, communication with your co-coach, creating agendas, contacting girls and doing some personal preparation for meetings.

Q. What if I have to travel because of work?
If you are required to travel, we ask that you remain in close contact with your partner coach about when you will be away. One coach must be present at each meeting. We understand that many jobs require travel trips during the week. If you travel consistently each month, committing to a coaching position may not be right for you. We have other volunteer positions that may work better with your schedule.

Q. How much planning and leading will I do? How much will the girls do?
During the first few meetings, coaches may be doing most of the planning and leading. GFC wants girls to learn how to be leaders. So you are able to model for the girls as a leader and then allow them to take on more responsibilities as the year goes on. It is important to remember that middle school and high school girls need assistance with organizational and leadership skills. Coaches teach and model these skills throughout the year.

Q. What if I have not worked with girls before, does that matter?
The coach orientations in the fall will address how to work with girls and also give scenarios for some of the situations you may encounter in groups of girls. We will also provide you with a resource guide, called a Coach Toolbox that will help you facilitate meetings and provide resources for working with youth. In addition, we provide staff and volunteer support, through a coach mentoring program, to help you along the way. It is helpful to have experience with youth, but not required for this program. Girls For A Change will partner with all coaches to provide support around any of your needs including work with girls.

Q. Why do I have to pay to be a coach?
In compliance with state laws, GFC conducts background checks, including references and fingerprinting reports, on all coaches to insure the safety of coaches and girls in our program. In order to cover the cost of these checks, GFC charges $15 to all coaches. Financial assistance is available.

Q. Why do I have to be fingerprinted and pay for it?
Arizona and California require that volunteers working with youth are fingerprinted for everyone’s safety. We will distribute materials regarding fingerprinting in your orientation packet after you are accepted as a coach. The cost of fingerprinting varies between $10-$50 depending on the agency and the level of screening required. If you have been fingerprinted before, you must still be fingerprinted by GFC. This is a one time fee and process. Financial assistance is available.

For more information about coaching in your area see our Volunteer page
We look forward to having you contribute your time to Girls For A Change!

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