Enriching young women with positive formative experiences that replace obstacles with opportunities.

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Opportunities to explore new things help girls to develop a sense of self as well as discover their gifts and talents.


Structured routine, regular academic assistance, and a trusted advocate create a path to personal fulfillment.


Developing responsibility and life skills create confidence, which leads to better choices and a brighter future.

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Here’s to full plates and full hearts 💕

Our annual thanksgiving meal is another opportunity for the girls to show off what they have learned in clubs (and other areas of life). Earlier on in clubs this fall, the middle school crew learned to make fresh rolls with the help of the talented @elizabethweaver0902. When our Thanksgiving meal rolled around, the girls were able to make rolls themselves using the skills they had previously learned. Not to mention all the math, planning, and team work that goes into cooking. They did an amazing job at it all!! 🥇

Be sure to keep an eye out for how you can #givetothefuture and support the clubs at #girlupgvl!

We think the song captures it pretty well, but we’re feeling pretty BLESSED this Thanksgiving season! It is always a special time when we get to sit together, enjoy a meal, and share the things we are thankful for this year. This tradition is one we always look forward to and what makes the meal even more special is that we all have a hand in it. We are all looking forward to a week tor rest and reflect on what we’re grateful for! 💕 ...

Remember this girl??

Hear what she’s been up 🐅 and how she’s using her experience to shape her future. Beyond proud of who she is 💕

And be on the lookout for #GivingTuesday in TWO weeks and how you can help give to the future.

Is it too soon?!! 🎄
Listen, we love the holidays and are kicking the season TODAY with a group field trip. One of our traditions is secret Santa, where the girls draw names of one of the other girls and pick out the gift for their friend. In the past, we have relied on online shopping. But this year (thanks to a donor and volunteers), we are taking a group field trip so the girls can shop for the gifts. Stay tuned to the stories later today to catch a glimpse of some hot ticket items for teens💕
Let us know below some of your traditions! Gingerbread house? Ice skating?

UPDATE - From our 2019 video to now (as a Freshman in college!!!) #GirlUpGVL will always be “more than an afterschool program” 💕 ...

Look at how we built our new garden beds from start to finish! We worked with @clemson_extension last Saturday to upgrade our garden. The girls used their building skills from their time with @skillsetprogram and were able to put the beds together. After building the beds, we added some soil and planted cabbage and broccoli. It looks amazing!! We couldn’t have done with without the @gvlbreakfastrotary helping make it all happen. We can’t wait to eat all of the vegetables that we grow in our new garden! ...