20 Years and Reaching Higher

Girls Group 2023 In-Person Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, November 11, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

We look forward to seeing you at Washtenaw Community College!

Missed our in-person event? Watch our 26-minute virtual annual fundraiser premiere at 2 PM ET!

Support the Legacy of Young Women

Become a Girls Group Sponsor:

Donations of $1,000 or more (during the course of the year) are gratefully counted toward sponsorship of our Annual Fundraiser, where you will receive special recognition.

Consider Joining Our Grand Circles of Giving:

Grand Circles of Giving is Girls Group’s recurring monthly giving program.

How Girls Group Changes Lives Forever:

  • Long-term relationships
  • Focus on root causes of poverty and inequity
  • Equal attention on academic readiness and social-emotional support
  • Strength-based, youth-driven curriculum
thank you and fireworks

Email [email protected] with questions.

20 Years and Reaching Higher Fireworks

Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Lives

Girls Group focuses on the needs and voices of participants and families, while planning for the organization’s future. Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of growth, joy, and changing lives!

Cherie in graduation clothes

Meet Featured Speaker Cherie (Girls Group Participant):

“I’ve made it this far and made the Dean’s and President’s Lists each year because Girls Group has given me a chance and continues to support me through college. Girls Group mentors, staff, and donors give girls like me the opportunity to go to college and graduate.”

Three graduates holding diplomas and flowers

Girls Group:

  • Works with girls as early as 6th grade, and builds lasting relationships through college and career.
  • Facilitates 26 weekly in-school middle and high school programs. (As well as College & Career Prep, Weekends, Summer, and Family Engagement!)
  • Helps to ensure students stay in school, grow academically, and graduate. (100% of students actively engaged with Girls Group graduate from high school!)
  • Advocates to change the narrative on generational poverty through:
    • High school graduation
    • College attendance and graduation, or initiating a career journey
    • Social-emotional growth, financial education, and career development

We are proud of our 380 high school graduates! And 105 college degrees earned! (And counting!) We are grateful to work closely with families and schools.

Participants Served

UPDATED 10.18.2023

Bar chart of participants served from 2003 to 2023

Event Program

  • Welcoming Remarks
    Sydney Green-Stone and Sue Schooner
  • Girls Group Video #1
    Karis R. and Victoria J.
  • The State of Girls Group
    Sue Schooner and Jennifer Brents
  • Participant Speech
    Cherie B.
  • Girls Group Video #2
    Girls Group Across a Generation: Celebrating 20 Years
  • Girls Group Video #3
    Kepriah Davis and Jennifer Brents
  • Closing Remarks
    Jamie Guise, Brandon Tucker, and Sue Schooner