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A message from Girls For A Change Co-Founder & CEO Whitney Smith 

I am thrilled to announce that after 14 years at Girls For A Change, I will be leaving as full time CEO effective September 1st. 

I am thrilled because I LOVE this organization and I am so confident that it is going to continue to be amazing after my departure.  I am also thrilled because I am READY. After 14 years of scintillating, powerful, challenging work I am ready to move onto my next chapter of life. There comes a time when you just know you are ready. And I am ready. The GFC National Board and I started working internally for this transition about 12 months ago to prepare for my departure and build a strong new leadership team.
I am overjoyed to announce the incoming CEO of Girls For A Change, Angela Patton. She has been with GFC for over 6 years in a number of capacities, most recently leading our Richmond GFC site. Angela has also stepped into a thought leader role at GFC with her National Work as a TED Speaker and as the founder of two amazing programs, Camp Diva & Date With Dad. In addition to getting Angela, GFC will get to bring on board these two amazing new programs that will expand our empowerment programs with a focus on African American Girls. 
As many of you know a few months ago our treasured COO, Lori Fitzmaurice, headed to her new adventure.  We are happy to announce that joining Angela will be our new COO, Sandra Tripp. Sandra has been a strategist and futurist to several Fortune 500 companies and innovative nonprofit organizations. Previously she served as the Vice President of Strategic Planning for the Johnson & Johnson global pharmaceuticals business, a senior executive at Merck, Syntex Laboratories, and the Institute for the Future. 
I look forward to supporting Angela, Sandra and the Board during the transition. I will also be on contract part time through the end of October to help with transition and in the coming months I will be representing Girls For A Change at SoCap and also at Opportunity Collaboration.
My future plans include continuing the consulting work I have done on the side during the last few years and spending time with my family. For those of you who don't know, my partner and I are adopting two children (a 6 year old son and a 2 year old daughter) who will become brother and sister to our 5 year old birth daughter, Lennon Grace. Our family has expanded this past year from 3 to 5 members; it is a time of great joy for us! 
My consulting practice is Whit And Wisdom. I have a focus on helping Corporations, Social Ventures and Individuals achieve their goal of transforming the world. I have been working with corporations to develop pro-social campaigns and advising on product development and marketing strategy, assisting social ventures to achieve scale and generate revenue, and individuals grow in the leadership and strategy capacity. You can continue to find me on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and via email at
I love you all so much. The amount of gratitude I have for the amazing support I have received during my tenure with GFC is beyond my ability to communicate. I look forward to seeing many of you in the months to come and sharing with you future adventures in parenting and social change! 
With an enormously full heart! 
Whitney Smith 
Founder and CEO
Girls For A Change
Twitter: @WhitneyHSmith

“Bust a Period Myth”

It's time to crush urban myths about vaginas and periods.Post a myth where your friends can see and show that you know the truth.  Every time you bust a myth, U by Kotex®  donate* $1 to Girls for a Change. #truthrules 

Vaginas and periods are nothing to be embarrassed about—help change the message for tweens and teens today by leaving a message. For every note, U by Kotex® will donate $1 to Girls for a Change up to $500K! #teamubykotex

Skyrise Real Estate Group Partners with GFC to Improve Girls' Lives

Through its "Moving On Up" Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Skyrise Real Estate Group is proud to partner with and provide Girls For A Change with 10% of the commission, after escrow has closed, from customers who indicate they were referred by Girls For A Change! If you are in the market to sell or buy, check out this amazing firm in Silicon Valley! Thank you to Jennifer and Ray Martinez, their staff, and customers for making girls lives better! Contact them and let them know you are part of GFC! 



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Smart Girls

Check out Amy Poehler's new YouTube channel, Smart Girls, and their new production, Girls of the World – click here to view!
Get in the Know* Virtual Workshop for Teen Girls!

In 2013 Girls for a Change is traveling across North America training thousands of girls on their health, busting myths about menstruation, and empowering teens to become social change leaders! We've been everywhere from Vancouver, Canada to NYC, and now we're taking our workshop to the web! On Thursday, March 21st, we did a livestream of our Get in the Know* workshop from San Francisco!

Watch the recorded virtual workshop!

{Generation Know* is a program that encourages young women to know their bodies, reject myths that impact their health, and inspires them to educate their peers. Once girls realize they don't have to be in the dark, they'll understand their collective power to redefine a new, confident, fearless ideal for the way every girl sees herself. Check out to find out more}

3rd Annual Girl Gala: Photos are available!

Thank you to all those that attended and supported the event. Please find photos from the event on our Facebook page.

An iOnPoverty conversation with Whitney Smith is the cure for the common career challenge. The idea for iOnPoverty came from students and young professionals who kept asking Jonathan Lewis, founder of MicroCredit Enterprises, about careers with conscience.

In this 5-part series, iOnPoverty has a conversation with Whitney Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Girls for a Change. 

Click here to watch the series.

Stories of Change

Click here to read our newest story of change - "A Portrait of the Artist as A Young (Wo)Man".

A Brief Respite

Our amazing GFC partner in Richmond, Angela Patton, organized a father-daughter dance for incarcerated males at Richmond City Jail through her non-profit Camp Diva.

Click here to read more about it.

Star Volunteer

Fariha Naveed, a GFC action team coach in Silicon Valley and new board member, is featured as a Star Volunteer on 1000 Hearts For 1000 Minds' website! GFC is proud to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic young woman working for our organization.

Click here to read more about it.

GFC Co-Founder Working to Bring Programming to Girls In Tajikistan

While in Tajikistan on a Social Enterprise mission with the State Department, GFC co-Founder Niko Everett is working to set up the GFC program model  in local schools  Here she is with four young potential GFC members sporting GFC bracelets!

SurveyMonkey Contribute

Girls For A Change is excited to be partnering with SurveyMonkey Contribute. When you sign up for free, SurveyMonkey will regularly send you surveys based on your profile, and for each survey you take, Survey Monkey Contribute will donate 50 cents to Girls For A Change! You could also be given the chance to win $100 and other rewards! Help raise money for GFC in this quick and easy way. Just click on the button to get started!

Make Your Annual Gift and Receive a Gift from Us!

Make your annual gift today and receive a gift that shows the world you believe in the power of girls making positive change in their communities. 

For a gift of $10 or more you'll receive our new GFC Charm Bracelet with logo to show your support – perfect gift for the girl in your life or for you! 

For a gift of $50 or more you'll receive our newest T-shirt sponsored by and designed by the community. Perfect for men and women, the turn of a classic phrase says it all: "Rule No. 1 – Modern Chivalry - When a lady enters a room, a gentleman shall stand up for her rights!" 

Gift $100 or more and receive both! 

Click here to make a secure donation and we'll automatically send you your gift unless otherwise instructed by you to bypass the gift for a full donation. Many thanks to all our donors for making our work possible – as an organization that is completely community supported, we are grateful for your gifts!

"Love Your Body, Change Your World" Tour Sponsored by U by Kotex Trains over 200 in Toronto and Richmond, VA!

Love Your Body, Change Your World Workshops
Sponsored by U by Kotex

In the past two years GFC has trained 1,500 girls in: Phoenix, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New York City, the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Baltimore, Richmond, VA., Toronto, Canada, to love their body and change the world.

Empowering girls to believe in themselves and see themselves as social change agents starts with helping them to overcome the negative messages about girls that swirl around them constantly. If a girl does not feel comfortable in her own skin, it is almost certain she will suffer in all areas of her life.

Click here to learn more.

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