GIRL is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to mentor and empower teen girls for future success through promoting academic excellence, leadership skills, community service, career preparation, and self–esteem.
Through its workshops and activities, GIRL provides educational and social enrichment opportunities and positive role models so girls can feel confident in themselves and supported in achieving their dreams.
- Conducted career field trips to Exxon Mobil, The White House, McKissack & McKissack architecture and engineering firm, HP Enterprises, WJLA/ABC 7, MITRE, Fairfax City Government, The Aerospace Corporation, PBS, and Penn State Applied Research Lab
- Presented six Annual Career Conferences:
- A Spotlight on STEM sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard – 2011 Career Conference
- Career and Empowerment Conference in partnership with George Mason University Women and Gender Studies Center – 2013
- Career Conference: Careers of the 21st Century sponsored by Hewlett Packard 2014
- 4th Annual Career Conference – 2016
- 5th Annual Career Conference Sponsored by BRG Communications – 2017
- STEM Escape Experience & Career Expo – 2018
- Partnered with George Mason University College of Science STEM Accelerator Program to create F.O.C.U.S. (Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM) – a week-long summer camp for middle school girls and STEM Mania – a week-long camp for 3rd-5th graders
- Partnered with The SheEO® Academy to offer scholarships for girls to attend Camp She EO, which is designed to expose girls ages 8-16 to business, entrepreneurship, finances, and goal-setting
- Partnered with the Virginia Girls’ Summit to present a conference, whose 2014 keynote speaker was Misty Copeland, to empower teen girls
- Hosted monthly workshops that focused on academic success strategies, preparation for college and careers, leadership development, healthy relationships, health and fitness, positive self-esteem, entrepreneurship, and social etiquette
- Published a book, Pearls of Wisdom for Girls by Girls, in which the girls expressed their creativity and feelings about their dreams, career interests, and self-confidence through writing of poems, short stories, essays, and open letters
- Performed community service projects of collecting and donating holiday food baskets to the Alternative House: The Abused and Homeless Children’s Refuge, collecting school supplies for back-to-school projects, and making Christmas cards for residents of a local nursing home
- Hosted three Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events in partnership with the City of Fairfax Commission for Women
- Received a $10,000 grant from the Business Women’s Giving Circle at the Northern Virginia Community Foundation for a program at Francis C. Hammond Middle School
- 2013 MLK, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc. Outstanding Educator Award
- 2013 The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Northern Virginia Chapter Excellence in Mentoring Award
- 2014 Northern Virginia Magazine's Northern Virginians of the Year
- 2014 Fairfax County NAACP Community Service Award
- 2015 Leadership Arlington's 40 Under 40
- 2015 Business Women's Giving Circle Grant to GMU Foundation for F.O.C.U.S STEM Camp
- 2016 National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Incorporated Community Service Award
- 2016 Women Impact Now, Inc. The Celebration of Women Who Impact Our Community Honoree
- 2016 Business Women's Giving Circle Grant for Today's Girls, Tomorrow's Leaders Program at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA
- 2016 Giving Circle of Hope Grant for Pathways to Careers Program
- 2017 Volunteer Gold Star Award from Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) for GIRL's partnership with the NCS Cross Regional Technology Programs
On September 20, 2014, Fairfax City Council declared GIRL, Inc. Day in the City of Fairfax.
Our Board of Directors
Danielle Blunt Craddock
Founder/Director, GIRL, Inc.
Dr. Rosalind Blunt
Professor Emerita, NVCC Loudoun Campus
The Aerospace Corporation
Our Advisory Council
Dr. Allyson Watson
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, Inc. (GIRL) is an equal opportunity organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education. GIRL does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin or disability in the administration of its programs and activities.