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Inspiring Better Life Choices

We teach emotional intelligence skills through self awareness and empathy for others; assist with advance career exploration, cooperative learning and team building; provide opportunities for girls to practice citizenship skills including volunteering and community activism.

Creating Youth Driven - Performances

In weekly sessions, participants learn skills to investigate their world and then turn their findings into performance pieces which are presented throughout the community, the state and, in a few cases, on other continents. The result is socially-conscious, youth-driven productions that gives voice to girls’ issues and concerns.

Events and Announcements

Global Girls 2016 Year In Review

  • Nine south side girls traveled to Grenada and worked with 30 girls on our second John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation arts exchange grant.
  • Four youth and five adults traveled with us to Mombasa, Kenya to work with our 26 Global Girls in community schools in partnership with Mombasa Relief Initiative.
  • Seven of our young actresses will appear in a soon to be released independent film about the aftermath of gun violence in Chicago.
  • Seventeen Tanner Elementary School 4th graders visited The Global Studio on a field trip and learned about the Law of Attraction, the Four Basic Communication Styles, Don Miguel Ruiz’ Four Agreements and how to manage Self Talk.
  • 83 girls ages 4 to 14 participated in our Youth Performance Camp this summer.
  • 56 teens including 18 males learn acting and dance in our Take the Stage, After School Matters program.
  • Youth sang, danced and acted in skits in our most successful Summer Performance Showcase this summer at the beautiful Grand Ballroom. Over 300 parents and friends came out to see them.
  • Over 900 youth participated in our school and community based programs and events.
  • The Global Girls Theatre Collaborative (GTC) – adults performed, “The Storm Within” a staged reading at the Global Studio. The group has already started rehearsal on the next show.
  • Thanks to our partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, we served 6,500 hot meals in our after school and Saturday programs.
  • Our girls and boys performed in 12 community and Global Girls sponsored public events
  • We now have twelve Global Girls alums in college and they’ve created the Global Girls alumni team. One, Prosper Johnson recently graduated with a BA in Speech Pathology!! Two others, Sonnea Sprueill and Te’Reah Fields, have earned their degrees and are now working nurses!!
  • Our girls are winning academic and performance awards, inspiring and advocating for other youth in their schools.
  • This summer we led a Love Walk down South Chicago to 79th Street and encouraged others to spread love

WTTW Features our own Champion Marvinetta Penn

Expanding Cultural Awareness

Global Girls Company members have performed throughout Illinois, opened for the 2010 Miss America for an HIV conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, been featured on 91.5 Chicago Public Radio and hosted their own weekly cable news program. 12 girls and four adults have traveled internationally, twice to Accra, Ghana and once to Nairobi and B’ware in Kenya. In January 2013, seven girls ages 14-20 traveled to India for a cross-cultural arts collaboration thanks to a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Air India was also a partner and sponsor.

WTTW featured our own Champion Marvinetta Penn.  We are proud of the work she is doing.

Global Girls Inspire In Grenada

Global Girls made a great impact in Grenada thanks to our second John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant! We devised a plan for our February trip thanks to our partnership with Dr. Rohan Jeremiah of UIC’s Department of Public Health.

Take a look at our television interview with Marvinetta Penn during our visit.

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