Girl Power Rocks!
World Literacy Crusade of Florida, Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit founded in 1997 as a result of the growing rate of crime, poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness that is prevalent in inner-city and underserved communities. World Literacy Crusade launched Girl Power Programs (GP) in January 2000 as an organization of positive social change just for girls ages 11 – 17. Girl Power offers several empowerment programs to young girls and their families throughout Miami-Dade County including Girls Rock After-School; Summer Camp; Sister Circle Mentoring; Girls’ Choir of Miami and Post Arrest Diversion programs. Our goal is to promote positive behavior, enhance social skills and improve academic performance in adolescent girls.
Program activities include life skills, tutoring, journal writing, art, yoga, dance, service learning projects, educational field trips, development workshops, college & heritage tours, individual therapy, group therapy and parent support groups. Since its inception, Girl Power has served well over a thousand Miami-Dade County public school students to:
- Prevent/reduce indoor/outdoor suspension, and truancy among at-risk school girls
- Prevent/reduce the number of young girls entering into the juvenile justice system
- Improve overall academic performance among program participants
Why Girls Need Girl Power
Research shows that the risk of being involved in a criminal offense is nearly five times greater for girls who have a pattern of truancy, or not attending school. Data also reveals that the single most important risk factor for becoming a repeat offender is having a history of inconsistent grades during a girls middle school years (6 and 8 grade). This information highlights the necessity for girls to participate in positive programming to impact and reverse these trends. Girl Power is committed to providing a space for girls to reach their full potential. Improving Our World, One Girl at a Time!