Girls in Action | Overview

Girls in Action™ (GIA) founded in 2005 by Dr. Verna Cornelia Price to address the rise in violent, destructive, and deliquent behavior being exhibited by the female students at North High School located in Minneapolis.   

The program began with 120 high school girls and has now impacted over 3000 junior and high school girls across Minnesota, the USA and abroad.  We have documented a 75% increase in academic engagement and a 75% decrease in suspension rates and unexcused absences.  

Our girls are twice as likely to attend post-secondary education than other girls in their high schools with 95% graduating from high school on time and 75% attending college.  

Ready for the World. Ready to Compete.
Empower girls to positively use their personal power

Engage girls in meaningful mentoring with positive women leaders 

Prepare girls to graduate on time from high school and pursue higher education  

Engage girls in advocacy and social change through service-learning 

Engage girls in positive cross-cultural interactions and communication

  • Minneapolis Public High Schools 
  • St. Paul Public High Schools
  • Fridley Public Schools
  • Robbinsdale Community
  • Brooklyn Center Community
  • Chaska Community
In April 2010, Girls in Action™ expanded internationally to Guatemala in partnership with Asociacion de Superacion Educativa.

Girls in Action™ women mentors and leaders meet with girls once a week. Girls learn how to use their personal power, develop their careers,  become leaders and give back to their communities through service-learning. Girls can enroll as early as grade 6 and stay enrolled in the program throughout high school and into college.

Personal Power 
Service Learning
Career Building
Leadership Development
How It Works
Current USA Sites
Global Initiatives
We Motivate, Mentor, Empower, Engage and Educate Girls to Succeed in School and Life
In January 2016, Girls in Action™ expanded  to Kenya, Africa and launched its first African Chapter in partnership with Light of Hope. 

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