About

Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2013, 1girl is a non-profit organization that originated based in Columbus, Ohio that provides skills-based leadership development to at-risk middle school girls through a program called “Educating Future Leaders”. We target skills that girls don't get in school - like creative problem solving, goal setting, and public speaking. Our programs focus on girls with the highest need - those living in low-income neighborhoods, areas with large numbers of high school dropouts, those in failing school systems, and those at risk for pregnancy, drug use, and delinquency.

 

The programs are facilitated by local college women who volunteer through their university chapter, providing these women an opportunity to develop their skills through a real-world leadership role. The girls we serve in grades 5-8 are led to fulfilling and successful futures by developing skills that they need to excel as confident, self-reliant leaders.

1girl provides a unique, proven curriculum that empowers middle school girls to develop the skills they will need to be successful. The program is designed around five core skills:

Public Speaking

Creative problem solving

Critical Thinking

Goal Setting

Conflict resolution

 

Mission

Providing leadership development to middle-school girls and college women to help close the gender leadership gap.

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Vision

Our ultimate goal is to see every girl empowered – to see communities that believe in and develop their girls as students and future leaders – to witness the unshackling of suppression from gender inequality and gross educational disparities – to see our girls become leaders and the professionals they dreamed of becoming and then helping perpetuate our mission.

Board of Directors

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Annette Reyes

President

Human Resources Generalist

YWCA Columbus

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Neethi Johnson

Treasurer

Digital Strategy

JP Morgan Chase

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Alfred Yates

Board Member

Risk Management

JP Morgan Chase

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Jen Patterson

Board Member

Principal, Co-Founder

Mango Consulting

Lindsay Oak

Board Member

Associate

Bricker & Eckler

Board Member

Community Volunteer

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Natalie Parscher

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Samya Konda

Board Member

Research Asst/Study Coordinator

UCLA Health

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Sara Loken

Board Member

Community Relations Director

Community Shelter Board

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Cherrell Miller

Board Member

Digital Communications

ADAMH

Board of Advisors

Aditi Bansal    Matthew Desch   Tanya Rutner   Krystal Geyer 

 

Wendy Larzelere    Diana Westhoff   Sierra Austin

Co-Founders

Aditi Bansal      Shelby Kretz     Sheila Maina

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