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What We Do

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:

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1girl operates through pre-existing afterschool and summer sites. 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.

  • Public Speaking

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Goal Setting

  • Conflict Resolution

1 Girl Team

Board of Directors

Alfred Yates


Risk Management Analyst


Petre Ghitescu


Manager Risk Advisory Services


Sierra Austin


Director Leadership/Inclusion

YWCA Columbus


Shelby Kretz

High School Placement Advisor


Dr. Patricia Cunningham

Director of Social Change in the Office of Student Life

The Ohio State University


Jacki Emmenecker


Cardinal Health


Board of Advisors

Aditi Bansal

Matthew Desch

Dave Wilson

Tanya Rutner

Krystal Geyer

Wendy Larzelere

Diana Westoff


Aditi Bensal

Shelby Kretz

Sheila Maina

Get Involved

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers and interns for 1girl! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us here or e-mail us at info@1girl.net

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Expansion Opportunities

We are also looking to expand to additional cities. If you are located in a city other than Columbus and are interested in starting a 1girl chapter in your area, please contact us at info@1girl.net

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Metro Program Snapshot

04 DEC

by Savannah Slusser At Metro Middle School in Central Ohio, a group of seventh and eighth grade girls meets twice a w [...]

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NAWN Fashion Show Raised Over $20,000 for 1girl!

17 NOV

On November 14th, over 250 attendees gathered to raise money for 1girl through the 2015 Annual Charity Fashion Show and [...]

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Chapter Leader Spotlight: Jhyre Alvarado

01 NOV

by Savannah Slusser Meet 16-year-old Jhyre Alvarado who started a new chapter at Palisades Charter High School! Thi [...]

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