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GCW educates at-risk New York City high school girls about career and educational opportunities, inspires them to envision an ambitious future, and helps them map out strategies for achieving their goals.
Girls Career Workshop (GCW) is an emerging non-profit that works with "at-risk" high school girls to help them set and realize their educational and career goals. Many girls in our community have dreams and great potential but no guidance or clear idea about how to make these dreams reality. GCW connects these girls with successful women in the community, so that each might learn from the other. For five years, GCW has given girls the opportunity to learn from experienced women; the women, in turn, get an opportunity to learn about the girls and what they have to offer. GCW partners with Satellite Academy High School, a New York City public school, to hold these interactive workshops for which the girls receive one high school credit. Additionally, GCW has designed a curriculum that teaches the skills necessary for completing job and college applications and interviews, addresses issues of race, class and gender and gives girls an opportunity to discuss what they have learned in the workshops. GCW unites people from many parts of the community to reach girls at this critical stage of growth and give them support as they make the transition out of high school and on to higher education and a career of their choice. Through GCW girls find women they look to as role models and learn how to use their community to build a network that will help them succeed after high school. This network helps them make the transition to adult life with a greater degree of independence.
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