We believe that we can do hard things and the first step is to love who we are. We are here to change the statistic that 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way.*
Our student leaders in the program change the way they see themselves by identifying their own values, strengths, and creating personal goals that are meaningful to them.
Just Being Ourselves
We believe that when we use our talents to help others, everyone benefits. Student leaders work as a team to identify, organize, and complete a service project.
Life is pretty boring without great friends. During GirlOnward we set BIG goals, big enough that we can't reach them alone... that's where our friends come in.
Together, our student leaders learn about how to communicate better, build trust, and work with others to achieve more than they ever could alone.
GirlOnward is a research-informed curriculum. We know that when students believe in themselves, work with others, and engage in community service, great things happen. Research shows programs like ours helps students build a sense of pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment. Our curriculum is professionally developed and aligned with the Minnesota Department of Education's Social Emotional Learning standards for Grades 6-8.
Launch challenges students to practice leadership skills as they create, brand, and pitch a business concept. During the programs, students learn about entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, how businesses work, and practice public speaking.
The curriculum is designed around the following MN Department of Educations's social and emotional learning benchmarks for grades 5-8:
Evaluate the role attitudes play in being successful.
Recognize the factors that impact how they are perceived by others.
Monitor how facial expressions, body language and tone impact interactions.
Launch is also a competition. Students are judged by local business leaders on their business plan and pitch.