Girls for a Change

  Girl power + activism creating change.

  •    Girls For A Change connects teen girls with adult women coaches.
  •   From GFAC, I learned that I can do ANYTHING as long as I put my mind to it.
Image of girls representing Social Entrepreneurship, Activism and Girl Power


THIS IS LIFE with Lisa Ling Fatherless Towns Father Daughter Dance in Jail a Dance of their own


Free Coach Training | Personal & Professional Development

You'll learn the latest and best techniques to work effectively with teen girls as they create social change.  Free one-day session aimed at bringing Girl Action Teams to your community.  

Great for middle school, high school and college girl-centered clubs, groups and organizations: Private/Public Schools, Home Schoolers, After School Programs, Sports Teams, Summer Camps, Faith Based Organizations, Sororities.

Learn more • Register Today • Fall / Winter Trainings

Phoenix, Arizona • Aug 29th • Oct 3rd • Nov 14 

New York City, Bronx • Sept 26th 

Laurel, Maryland •  Oct 10th - Postponed

Richmond, Virginia • Oct 24th 

Mountain View, California • Jan 23rd 


  • The definition of social change vs. community service
  • How to teach girls about social change
  • How to move from charity to change
  • To identify the root cause of a problem, and to change the cause of an issue not the effects
  • How to prepare and work with girls as partners
  • How to give girls the opportunity to lead, think, ask questions and create
  • How to capitalize on your strengths to build an unstoppable team
  • How to start movements and implement projects that will impact your community by creating lasting and real change


  1. Self-efficacy (belief in one's personal power to produce an effect)
  2. Authentic relationships with adult female volunteers, who we call 'Coaches'
  3. Social Change skills (critical thinking, problem solving, resource development, and networking)
  4. The ability and confidence to express and implement their ideas

Postponed until June 27-July 11, 2016 • Enrollment for girls ages 12-18
Deposit due September 15th 

Black Friday.  Cyber Monday.  Giving Tuesday

Girls For A Change, GFAC, is committed to giving all girls the opportunity to fly, the opportunity to invent, and the opportunity to experience the spark that comes with seeing your own idea take form and make a difference. 

Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving back.  Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. has partnered with Girls For A Change to help spread the word about giving back and supporting the movement to increase Girl Action Teams in your community.  


You're invited to the Celebrity Charity Dinner
honoring Actor Chad L. Coleman from AMC's series "The Walking Dead"

Learn more 

Benefit for fifteen scholarships for our first Camp Diva International Summer Retreat, 2-week social change study aboard program in Brazil next year.

If you are interested in our sponsorship benefits or will like to submit an in-kind donation for our silent auction, please email Angela Patton at, or call us at 804-420-2267 for further instructions by November 25, 2014. For showing your support, we will ensure due recognition by thanking you and/or your business. 

Angela Patton captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of online viewers with a TED talk describing an unusual (and uplifting) father-daughter dance–between incarcerated dads and their young daughters. The dance was the fruit of a girl-led social-change project convened by a grassroots organization Patton began in Richmond, Va. Read More

A Letter from Girls For A Change New CEO: Angela W. Patton

Greetings all,

What a wonderful way to celebrate Labor Day, as the new CEO of Girls For A Change.  But I am constantly reminded that this is not a job (labor), this is my ‘spark’ (passion).  I thank the Board of Directors for this opportunity and for all the support, direction, and understanding they have provided me. I am fortunate to have come across quite a network of visionaries who are committed to working in a girls’ world. Their commitment inspires me every day to make sure that every girl has a chance to Dream Big and make a difference in the world for all.

At this time, I’d like to introduce myself to all the supporters and friends of Girls For A Change. I’m Angela Patton, founder of longtime GFC partner Camp Diva (see my bio for more background information), and I have now been serving as the new CEO of GFC for a few weeks. It is an honor to work with all of you, and lead Girls For A Change forward. In my joint capacities with Camp Diva and GFC (Richmond Program Manager for GFC) for the last four years, I have overseen the implementation of more efficient and diverse programs, and the development of new networks and audiences, and I look forward to my new role, which will allow me to further expedite these initiatives.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Girls For A Change and Camp Diva will combine our shared vision and values for girls as we join forces to enrich and expand programs and services.  Separately, we are dynamic. Combined, we will be unimaginable.

While I have had the pleasure of spending some time with employees, supporters, and girls at GFC throughout the last four years as the GFC Richmond Regional Program Manager, I look forward to meeting more stakeholders from across the nation, and reconnecting with familiar colleagues as well. Since GFC Co-Founder and former CEO Whitney Smith announced her resignation and asked you to welcome me as the new leader of GFC, I have received many supportive emails from girls we have served, parents, colleagues, and allies, sharing words of encouragement and their aspirations to be and/or remain involved with GFC and/or Camp Diva as we move forward.  Thank you all for your encouragement, connection, and willingness to continue to support the organizations’ new endeavors.

I stand committed to building on the strong foundation laid by Whitney and the GFC team.  Furthermore, with the support of another new team member, Sandra Tripp, the new COO for GFC, we are excited and ready to lead the organization into a new phase of development, focusing on serving more girls, strengthening and developing relationships, building a programmatic and financial foundation, developing more resources, and utilizing more aggressive marketing strategies to ensure future sustainability.

With your support, I am sure we can continue to make a difference in the lives of girls, and in the effectiveness of GFC and Camp Diva, as we have in the past.  I invite you to join us by making a donation, volunteering your time, sharing your own vision, leveraging your network, or becoming a more effective activist in your own way. Your donations, large or small, and anyway you can become involved will be greatly appreciated!  And if you are new to one, or both of the organizations, I encourage you to read and learn about the wide range of services we offer girls at and

With best hope for the future,

Angela W. Patton
CEO, Girls For A Change

GFC Mexico Update

Executive Director Caroline Wilson sends this update on a recent visit to a elder care facility by one of our GJC Baja Sur programs.

The Gente Joven group from the school Telesecundaria #34, in the colonia of Lazaro, completed their project by visiting the Senior Center Casa del Dia, by the Los Cabos International Airport. They raised money by selling ice cream to buy goods for the elders and gave them out as raffle prizes. They played music, danced and most importantly made the abuelos and abuelas feel important, by giving back what was so freely given to them...LOVE. They will return once a month for the next 5 months.

Checking out this amazing micro-documentary from Microsoft about Girls For A Change!