Girls Like Me Project, Inc.

GLMPI helps urban girls  who are products of environments marked by poverty and violence critically examine the cultural, environmental, & media messages that influence their development. Ultimately, this helps them learn how to navigate beyond those limiting messages so they can realize their value, transform their communities, and ultimately be global legacy builders. The Girls Like Me Project provides the tools that empower participants to document and share their experiences across trans-media platforms to A.) Set expectations for personal excellence B.) Transform their community; and C.) Cultivate a global connection to their peers.

Participants build skills in critical thinking, conflict resolution, leadership, and advocacy. 

Girls Like Me Programming

GLMPI applies the 3E approach to our programming.

  • Exposure
  • Examination
  • Engagement

Group Mentoring: Girls come together as a group to discuss life situations in a safe and open forum where they form bonds of sisterhood, learn to lift each other up; and reflect on their individual impact in their community.

Girls Like Me Read-Book Club (5 week): Collectively review and analyze culturally relevant reading material that allows girls to recognize cultural, social and environmental messages similar to their reality; participants practice critically analysis of a story (plot, setting, dialogue); final phase of this project allow girls to create their own works of fiction (short story or novella) or poetry/rap.

Digital Innovative Voices of Advocacy Sisters: Girls learn to monitor and critically examine the media they consume, ultimately becoming empowered to document their realities to share experiences through digital media (film/photography/blogging/audio). This helps them break down and resist stereotypes, misogyny, and oppressive images that stifle their potential. Their work will be used across trans-media platforms as a social activism tool. 

Chicago Day of the Girl:  Culminating event observing International Day of the Girl as declared by the United Nations. In October 2012, GLMPI was recognized as the pioneer organization in Chicago hosting this monumental day for urban girls in Chicago (10-19) along with their mothers/caregivers. The intention is to grow this flagship event to include break out seminars and workshops geared to health and wellness, building life skills, setting goals, understanding adolescent children, gender violence and other pressing global issues girls face.

*Curriculum and outcomes align with Common Core State Standards

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