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Empowering Future Female Leaders

Young girls today face tremendous pressure to take care of their grades, their relationships, and themselves—pressure compounded by issues like bullying, social media, and body image. It’s a heavy burden to carry on the path to maturity.   

At the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we believe female mentorship is essential for guiding at-risk girls toward healthy, positive futures. That’s the principle behind our youth empowerment program, I’M GREAT (Girls Respecting Each other And Themselves).

Structured around evidence-based practices, I’M GREAT includes lessons in the “Six R’s” that show young girls how to be:

  • Real
  • Reflective
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Resilient
  • Remarkable

Through a combination of sports , leadership activities, and mentoring, middle-school age girls gain the tools to make positive decisions, break down social barriers, and develop into healthy, empowered young women.

Any youth-based organization or school throughout the U.S. can implement the interactive I’M GREAT youth empowerment curriculum. The Foundation can provide in-person training for volunteers. Plus, we've added a Speaker Series so women in leadership positions can share their inspiring stories.

Access our newly developed, age-appropriate I’M GREAT curriculum now in our Resource Portal.

To support the I’M GREAT youth leadership in your community, contact info@ripkenfoundation.org.

Research shows that sports are associated with many positive effects in young girls: lower teenage pregnancy rates, better grades, and higher self-esteem.


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