Girls First provides a safe, stable environment where students practice respect for self and others, exercise appropriate interactions with peers and adults, discover new skills and talents, and develop tools that will allow them to achieve greater success in school and beyond.
The current enrollment of 31 girls comes mainly from Gotwals Elementary, Marshall Street Elementary, and Hancock Elementary schools of the Norristown Area School District. We serve a diverse population of African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian families. A significant number of the girls come from low-income and/or single parent households.
The following describes the Pre-COVID "In person programming experience,"
Our program typically operates from 3 to 6 PM every Monday through Thursday, concurrent with the Norristown Area School District’s schedule. After arriving via the free bus, which Girls First provides, the children begin their homework, working individually or in small groups with volunteer assistance. This is followed by a nutritious meal, conversation and socializing. The meal is prepared by volunteers and occasionally by the girls themselves or their parents. Next, the girls do a creative activity such as writing, painting, cooking, music or drama.