Our History

Since our inception, Global Girls, Inc. has improved the lives and collective experience of hundreds of girls in our community. We take great pride in celebrating our successes together and honoring the beautiful young women that remind us

We have been busy…

January 18, 2000 –  Global Girls incorporated in the state of Illinois
February 26, 2000  First Global Girls session held at Olive Harvey College thanks to the support   of Phyllis Bradford, Assist. Dean of Continuing Education at Olive Harvey
July 17, 2000-  Global Girls, Inc. received 501(c)(3) non-profit status
October 5-7, 2001-  First Camp Retreat to YMCA Camp Duncan. Twenty three youth and five adults.
November 19, 2001  Debra Harris, Global Girls co-founder, resigned from the organization
September 2005  First trip to Ghana. ED, Marvinetta Penn, and three girls (Katrina Snowden, Tasha Rice and Deadre Warner.)
November 2006  Became a Chicago Park District Arts-Partner-In-Residence at Grand Crossing Park, 7655 S. Ingleside Ave
January 2007  Debuted From Gross to Hope, an HIV information and education play
January 2007  Second trip to Ghana. Three girls (Casina Rice, Tiffany Bean and TeReah Fields and three staff (M. Penn, Latoya Lenoir and Danielle Ingram)
March 2008  IL statewide tour of From Gross to Hope
June 2008  First annual Global Girls Induction Ceremony
October 2008  Feature on Chicago Public Radio with a segment on teen pregnancy
April 2009  Company toured Illinois with “I Choose,” our teen pregnancy prevention play and workshops
September 2009  Two staff and five youth traveled to Nairobi and B’ware, Kenya and worked for two weeks with youth in schools and community groups in partnership with Ray of Hope 4 All. Areas visited have proclaimed October 7th Global Girls Day
October 2009  Debuted G Squared, Global Girls adult theatre group in Do…Don’t Talk About It
March 2010  Youth Company toured HIV show in Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 2010  Began CAN TV call-in show, 13 week series twice a year
Summer 2010  Company performed Water to Drink play at Movies in the Park and at Millennium Park
December 2010  Opened for the 2012 Miss America at HIV conference in Indianapolis, Indiana
July 2011  Company performed at Taste of Chicago
August 2011  Beauty in the Community project. 14 youth cleaned 79th St. from Evans to Saginaw
October 2011  Let’s Talk performance and conference for mothers and daughters sponsored by Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Foundation for Women
March 2012  First Annual Women and Girls Inspiring Change ceremony honoring 12 women in the arts, education and advocacy
September 2012  Moved to a Global Girls home, The Global Studio, 8151 S. South Chicago. Prior to the move, Global Girls had been a six-year Arts Partner in Residence at Grand Crossing Park
October 2012  30 girls attended the first annual City Camp at Hostel International in downtown Chicago
January 2013  Seven and three adults traveled to India for 17 days and worked with girls at Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam, a boarding performing arts school. The arts exchange initiative, Our Stories. Ourselves, was funded with a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Air India was also a partner
September 2013 –  Entered into partnership with Chicago Prince Hall Masons
March 2014  Expanded school based programming to 20 schools with Network 13 contract

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

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