Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy will increase girls’ readiness to succeed in life. There is a large gap in the social sector where kids receive services until they turn 18, but don’t receive adequate preparation for life & the challenges that come with it. The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy will prepare high school juniors & seniors for college, career, & life, through weekly sessions each semester. We will cover topics on College & Career exploration/preparation, College LIFE, Career LIFE, & General LIFE Prep (transitioning into becoming an adult, becoming financially stable, finding housing, etc.).
We will also offer a Summer internship. Each girl receives a mentor to help her make positive choices. We are requesting funding for pilot costs, including labor and travel to see model programs. Our partners will consist of banks, businesses, organizations, churches, and post-secondary institutions. We will increase the number of girls graduating from high school, decrease the teen pregnancy rate, and increase the number of girls who are ready to succeed in life. We will measure the number of girls enrolled in our program that are graduating from high school, getting pregnant at an early age, who participate in a work readiness skills program, and enrolling in post-secondary education compared to their peers in Knox Co.
Our efforts will be sustained through our funding model used for building a self-sustaining, individual giving program. We have also worked to increase our organizational capacity by focusing on board & program development, recruiting volunteers, & strategic partnerships.