Preparing Girls to become today and tomorrow's leaders
Create 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, Enrichment and Leadership Programs (GOF) is a project of the Center for Creative Life and Learning, Inc. (Center), The Center is a 501 ( c) 3 non profit organization located in Howard County. In 2015, the Center established the Girls on Fire Program as a youth development support program for young girls age 8-12 years of age and their families.. Today we serve primarily African American girls from 8-17 years of age.
In 2017, the Center established Girls on Fire Leadership Development Academy for girls age 13-17 in Columbia and Baltimore Maryland.
We have served over 200 girls since 2015
Girls on Fire Mentoring, Enrichment, and Leadership Programs serve girls age 8 thru 17. Our program and support services are designed to help our students achieve academic success, grow strong self-esteem and confidence, prepare them to become young leaders in their community and schools and leaders in the world.
To accomplish our mission we rely on community partnerships.
We are recipients of grants funds, donations to sustain our services and priviledged to be reciipients this year of the Howard County YEP grant.
Meets 4th Saturday of each month from 11:30AM-1:30PM .
Meets 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month; 11;30AM-1:30PM
Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month-11:30-1:30PM beginning September 10, 2022.
A training program for students to become advocates, influencers, speaking out on policies and legislative decision making, and issues affecting them such as; health care, education, civil rights, environmental, climate change, the government and how it works.
Starts in the Spring 2024
A support group where students find a safe space to discuss self-esteem, emotional and mental health well-being, fears, anxiety, and learn effective strategies help navigate through them successfully.
Meets 3rd and 4th Saturday from 2-3 PM
A literacy program to improve reading and comprehension deficiencies of students (English and Spanish Speaking). Serves students age 8-14.
Meets 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10-11:30 AM
Diverse professionals representing various professions and areas of expertise who share their gifts, talents, knowledge and expertise.
Without community partners, grantors and donors sustainability of our services over the years would be impossible. Thank you partners and grantors; University of Maryland, 4-H, Baltimore and Howard County Public Schools, the Columbia Arts Center, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and grantors, Baltimore and Columbia Women's Giving Circle, Bridgeway Community Church, Horizon Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, Columbia Foundation, UUCC Columbia, Maryland, Horizon Foundation, Howard County Government
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.
Registration Opens April 30 for 2024-25