Girls Group began because one woman chose not to sit idly by and watch young women’s futures be decided for them. She believed that with the right support, even the most disadvantaged young women could graduate high school, get to and through college, and become economically and emotionally self-sufficient. She believed that if she cared, others would care too. She was right.


The Beginning!

The founding of Girls Group began with a single handwritten question pulled from a box and the difficult and honest discussion it prompted between a group of new mentors and…

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First Group

Creating a College & Career Mindset

The first group of girls entered high school and to the mentors it became apparent that so many of these girls had so much more potential than they or their…

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Wraparound at Peace Neighborhood Center

Girls Group Incorporates

In a year of many firsts, Girls Group became an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, brought on the first paid staff member, and hosted the first annual fundraiser. The fundraiser was…

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Graduates and Sue

The First High School Graduations

The first cohort of girls graduated from high school and went on to pursue their college and career aspirations. The mentors made a point to celebrate in style for this…

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Pioneer High School

In-School Programming

Thanks to long-time community supporters, Girls Group began developing partnerships with Washtenaw County Schools to provide mentoring to even more young women. The first in-school programs launched at Pioneer High…

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NEW Center

The Girls Group Office

Girls Group began leasing space at the NEW Center for the growing staff to store programming materials and have access to conference rooms. In years since, the staff offices have…

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New Center

Women of Purpose

Girls Group had been supporting young women on their college and career journeys and beyond for many years. These services became formalized as the Women of Purpose program where participants…

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Scarlett Middle School

Middle School Expansion

The expansion of middle school programs took place to include services for 7th grade participants. For many Girls Group participants, social and academic identities are solidified by the time they…

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WOP Zoom

Girls Group Goes Virtual

Girls Group responded to the global pandemic by pivoting to virtual services. The crisis and subsequent school changes guided a shift in programming focus to academic support, social-emotional wellness, and…

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participant wearing COVID-19 mask and holding artwork about superpowers

The New Normal

After implementing new health and safety policies and procedures, Girls Group transitioned back to in-person programming in June of 2021. In October, Girls Group returned to regular in-school programming to…

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Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Lives

Celebrating 20 Years!

Girls Group celebrates 20 years of growth, joy, and changing lives. Girls Group continues to center the needs and voices of participants and families while planning for the organization’s future.…

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