GirlZone was developed to respond to the local teen pregnancy rate that is 3 to 4 times the national rate and a high school drop out rate of 61%. GirlZone is a year-round afterschool program and summer camp that enhances academic potential, nurtures high self esteem and supports the healthy development of neighborhood girls, ages 9-14.  GirlZone provides on-campus enrichment activities and off-campus learning experiences to 15-20 girls at each of four neighborhood schools: two middle schools (Page Middle School and Poe Middle School) as well as two feeder elementary schools (Herff Elementary and Douglass Academy). In addition, we incorporate important workshops such as anti-bullying, tolerance, healthy relationships, sex education, goal setting, career exploration and community engagement and service.  The strength of our program is our neighborhood-based approach, which allows us to maintain long-term, positive relationships with girls and their families.

GirlZone Newspaper 
  1. Reaches 7200 readers annually
  2. Distributed at over 30 neighborhood locations and partner organizations
  3. Highlights the work of local collaborating artists for local community and visiting tourists
  4. Girls are exposed to arts, culture, and skill-building opportunities