Preparing Girls to become today and tomorrow's leaders
Creating a space to build the self-esteem and confidence of young girls, support their emotional well-being, provide mentoring support, develop character and leadership potential.
Girls on Fire Mentoring and Enrichment Program (GOF) is a project of the Center for Creative Life and Learning, Inc. (Center), a 501 ( c) 3 non profit organization.
GOF was established in 2015 in Columbia Maryland, as a community outreach effort to enrich the lives of young girls 8-12 years of age. In 2018, the Center expanded GOF services to Baltimore City, Maryland and also established the Girls on Fire Leadership Development Academy (LDA) both in Columbia and Baltimore, as a bridge to continue our work with girls 13-18 no longer age eligible for the GOF program.
We now serve over 55 girls in Baltimore and Columbia communities.
We meet in person the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1-3pm at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia 21045. The following describes our offering.
Girls on Fire Mentoring and Enrichment Program
Girls on Fire Mentoring and Enrichment Program known (GOF) serves girls 8-10 years of age. GOF girls participate in interactive topic driven group discussions on subjects such as; building self-esteem and confidence, learning positive affirmations, effective communication, self care and love as well as participate in recreational, cultural events and a variety of artistic expressions. GOF meets the 3rd Saturday each month.
Girls on Fire Leadership Development Program (LDA)
LDA serves girls 13-18 years of age. Girls engage in a variety of learning experience to encourage academic success and a viable career such as; conflict management, public speaking, assessing their emotional and mental wellness, college prep, effective communication, college prep, critical thinking, job preparation and developing healthy relationships. They are also connected with women leaders who help them explore their identity, gifting and individuality. LDA meets the 3rd Saturday each month.
Girls on Fire Tweens
GOF Tweens serve girls 11-13 years of age. The needs of middle school girls are quite different from girls 8-10. Most are at an awkward stage; too old for young girls activities and not old enough to be a teenager. They participate in group discussions on topics such as; body image, self love, healthy relationships, self esteem, academic achievement, self-care and hygiene, self-discovery as well as in social and cultural events.
Tweens meet the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Girls on Fire "You Can Read " is designed to improve and enhance the reading and comprehension skills of students. It is our goal to ensure that each student grasps essential reading concepts and methods to build reading comprehension skills in order to achieve or read above their reading levels. Students participate in one-one meetings with tutors and in monthly group sessions.
The Creative Arts Program(CAP) is a unique program offering girls the opportunity to participate in a variety of creative art forms such as; theater, dance, music, writing scripts, poetry, books, and the spoken word. These among other art forms allow girls to utilize and discover their talents and gifting. CAP meets monthly. Creative arts mentors and or instructors works with girls to develop girls in these areas.
Upcoming Events in June 2021
Six week Dance Camp
Six week Theater Arts Camp
For registration information, call 667-289-6782
Strengthening Family Functioning Webinars/Workshops are community education and information outreach services that provide parents and community members with current information on matters that affect them such as; youth development, mental and emotional health, health, social justice, diversity, and other community issues. At least one webinar/. workshop is offered each month. They are advertised on this website and on eventbrite.com
We’re proud of our dedicated team of professional volunteers and parents who are at the heart of our programs. They participate in every aspect of planning, execution and instruction. They work diligently with our girls to help them reach their full potential. The program is lead by a Program Director and a superb leadership team.
Girl talks about how Girls on Fire has impacted her development
Girl talks about the Girls on Fire Leadership Development Academy and its impact on her self-esteem.
Our sustainability has been possible through our incredible volunteers, and community partnerships; University of Maryland, 4-H, Baltimore and Howard County Public Schools, the Columbia Arts Center, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and grantors, Baltimore Women's Giving Circle and the Horizon Foundation.
Non Discrimination Statement
Girls on Fire Programs are open to all girls regardless of race, color, religion ( creed) gender, age, or national origin. We serve a diverse group of girls from various ethnicities, and social economic backgrounds.
Every girl matters and has the potential to become a leader regardless of their socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, or religion. Every girl is valued. We believe when we build upon their strengths, we enable them to conquer their weaknesses; sometimes with help. Our approach is holistic. We endeavor to impact every area of our girls' development; academic, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical to help them become their best selves.