Girls Star is a 501(c)3 non-profit mentoring organization whose purpose is to empower girls to believe in themselves, know they matter and make healthy choices for themselves. Girls Star fosters connections between women and girls that provide opportunities for mentoring, education, leadership, support, personal growth, and community service.
The Need for the Girls Star Programs
Adolescent girls face incredible challenges including extraordinary stress, depression, addictions, eating disorders, abusive relationships, and family problems to cite a few. They must make choices about whether they will engage in common, but potentially dangerous behaviors. Some girls appear to have serious problems while others appear to be fine. Perhaps most surprising is the number of seemingly well-adjusted girls who tell us that there is no place for them to be confused or scared, and that people assume since they have no serious problems, everything is okay. Although they experience problems and challenges in varying degrees, regardless if they’re troubled or well adjusted, all girls have expressed a need for support and nonjudgmental listening, and for a safe space to talk. In order for adolescent girls to thrive in our society as responsible, contributing and healthy women, it is critical to provide them with the necessary intra/interpersonal skills they can utilize now and throughout their lives. Girls Star provides a structured program designed to teach these skills. Girls Star’s goal is to provide girls with the tools to help them thrive, not merely survive.
Girls Star Inc., our umbrella organization, was founded in 1997 as a non-profit dedicated to the needs of adolescent girls in Chester County. Our founders, the late Cherie Martin Franklin, Ph.D. and Sherry G. Rubin L.C.S.W, B.C.D. were both therapists and mothers of high school girls who faced the challenges and stressors of adolescence. Together, Cherie, Sherry and the girls designed the Girls Star program to address the needs of middle and high school girls in a safe, confidential, non-confrontational manner. Our programs are intended for all girls and since 1998 more than 1200 girls have successfully participated in Girls Star.