Girls Group

Building a Better Future One Girl at a Time

Ann Arbor, MI   |  http://www.girlsgroup.org

Mission

Girls Group empowers young women to achieve emotional and economic self-sufficiency by ensuring they graduate from high school and begin their college or career journeys. - Programming spans middle school, high school, and continues through college and careers. - Participants are mentored by experienced staff and interns. - Year-round comprehensive programming focuses on academic readiness, social / emotional life skills, financial education, and community service.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Susan Schooner

Main address

2531 Jackson Ave Rm/Ste 188 Ann Arbor Mi 48103-3818

Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA

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EIN

20-4814985

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building for the Future

Weekly group programs for middle school and high school students.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Adolescents
At-risk youth

College and career exploration summer camps, weekly discussion groups, activities, and field trips to help participants combat summer brain-drain and transition from one grade to another.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Low-income people

Post-secondary planning support through group and one-on-one mentoring to promote college and career readiness.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Low-income people
At-risk youth

One-on-one mentoring and peer support for young women on theier college and career journeys.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of clients served in all Girls Group programs.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Multiracial people, People of African descent, Extremely poor people, Low-income people

Related Program

Women of Purpose

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The vision of Girls Group is to help economically disadvantaged young women achieve self-sufficiency. The ultimate ambition is that each young woman finds their voice, defines their goals and dreams, and moves forward in the world with pride and self-confidence.

Girls Group was founded in 2003 to meet the needs of disadvantaged young women in Washtenaw County. Girls Group empowers young women to achieve emotional and economic self-sufficiency by ensuring they graduate from high school and begin their college or career journeys.

The ultimate ambition of Girls Group is that each young woman finds their voice, defines their goals and dreams, and moves forward in the world with pride and self- confidence.

Girls Group supports young women to become first-generation high school and college graduates. We begin building a college mindset in 6th grade, and continue services throughout middle school, high school and college/career. We facilitate weekly programming within the schools and work closely with families. We “meet each girl where she’s at” with year-round programming including weekly curriculum, field trips, college tours, and summer programming to build academic and social emotional skills.

Girls Group builds long-term, lasting relationships with the girls and young women we serve. We ideally meet girls in 6th grade, and support them through middle school, high school, high school graduation, college, and college graduation. Because many of the young women we serve struggle through high school and have the potential to become first-generation college students, each milestone is critical in their path to economic and emotional self-sufficiency.

Girls Group serves 690 girls and young women who are generally economically disadvantaged and have the potential to become first-generation college students and graduates: 300 middle school students, 150 high school students, and 240 young women on their college and career journeys. These young women reside primarily in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Despite the challenges faced by Girls Group participants during the pandemic, we saw 30 - 12th grade students graduate from high school. In 2021, Girls Group saw the largest cohort of college graduates in Girls Group history despite the increased barriers and challenges experienced by college students in the pandemic.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Girls Group is proud to serve young women in Washtenaw County who reside in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas. We currently serve participants at 5 middle school and 5 high school sites throughout the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community. Girls Group serves young women who are economically disadvantaged and from racially diverse backgrounds: -61% of school-age participants qualify for free or reduced lunch -79% of participants live in a household with an annual income under $50,000 -89% of participants identify as a person of color

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Girls Group

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug FInch

Sheila Carpenter

Celia Gargaro

Jamie Guise

Joyce Hunter

Kris Maly

Courtney McCreadie

Sue Schooner

Laurita Thomas

Bill Mathewson

Lisa Wetzen

Rob VanRenterghem

Doug Finch

Joanna Johnson

Carlton Lartigue

Azira Azizuddin-McCloud

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.