Throughout the academic year, GRACE hosts monthly gatherings for its participants and moms (or other female role models) to share a meal and continue to build community. Each gathering affords the girls an opportunity to expand their world view, connect with community mentors, and participate in a service project.
Meanwhile, the adults benefit from parent support and training, and younger siblings are provided childcare, without which many participants would be unable to attend.
From September to May, the GRACE girls gather at our Cherry Hill headquarters on the second Friday evening of each month to enjoy a healthy and delicious dinner, and to build our community.
During our 2-3 hours together, the girls may engage in a community service project such as crocheting blankets for babies at the Ronald McDonald house or visit a nearby nursing home to sing to the residents. Other months, the girls may attend A Night Out at The Phillies or enjoy box seats at The Sixers.
Over the course of the 2017 winter programs, the girls learned Bollywood dances from Indian-American dancers and traveled to the Northeast Philadelphia airport to meet a former Army helicopter pilot and skyped one of our military deployed in Afghanistan. We took a limited virtual tour of the female Army captain’s housing. The girls were beyond excited. Then, during the holidays, the girls baked cookies to send overseas to the troops, enclosing thoughtful and encouraging notes.
The essence of GRACE is to support and assist young girls in developing a strong character and formidable self identity through world-changing activities that appeal to their greatest self.