Cultivating Hope and Empowerment in young girls

Formed in 2015, Grace in the Mud is dedicated to providing fully immersive enrichment programs for young girls ages 9, 10 and 11.

Our Mission

We provide fully immersive enrichment programs for young girls with positive identity formation, character development, and civic responsibility.

Get Involved

We partner with members of the community who enable us to provide unique learning experiences and improve the trajectory of participants’ future choices.


We host an annual summer program as well as off season monthly programs which reinforces the uplifting and empowering principles we support.

What is Grace

GRACE is a purposed-filled 501(c)(3) enrichment program designed especially for girls ages 9, 10, 11 based on the results of an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study evaluation.

Studies show that girls are twice as likely as boys to experience a life-altering trauma before the age of 18 which may adversely impact the trajectory of their entire life span. As a special educator, behavioral consultant, and parent training expert who has successfully identified and supported the treatment of such cases, Grace in the Mud Founder/CEO Donna Marie Romani is the catalyst for designing inspirational, experiential and educational program curriculum for preteen girls ages 9-11.

Throughout her esteemed education and behavior consulting career, Donna Marie Romani recognizes that at one time or another, we all need grace in our lives. Grace in the Mud embodies the support and uplift that vunerable girls need to grow and soar into healthy and productive adults.

Help Us Make a Difference

Grace in the Mud partners with many community business owners, organizations, and professionals who enable us to provide unique and meaningful learning experiences, outside the classroom, improving the trajectory of participants’ future choices.

Creating memorable Experiences

The essence of Grace in the Mud, learning passion through perseverance.

In 2015, she introduced the first “fully immersive” two-week Summer program through which GRACE’s girls gained exposure to unique areas of interest, learned from local experts on a wide range of topics. The threads of Grace in the Mud’s mission were woven throughout each curriculum experience. The enrichment program continues to expand upon its early successes, upward and onward.

Growing Community

Recognizing we cannot do it alone, Grace invites you to become part of our team. Join our community and make a difference in the lives of precious preteen girls poised to blossom despite adversity.

How Does it Work?

Based upon the ACE Study, we know that over 50% of females will experience at least one trauma before the age of 18 that will adversely impact the trajectory of their lives. We aim to disrupt this certainty.

Think Positive

Positive Thinking

In order to promote positive identity formation.

Believe in yourself

Character Building

To facilitate healthy character development.

Think big

Be Responsible

Instill civic responsibility.