GirlsUP, founded by the late Kelly Murray, PhD, is an extraordinary program aimed at fostering in girls ages 10-13 a robust sense of strength, character and spirit. Immersed in a culture that too often values appearance over substance, gratification over responsibility and popularity over character, girls are inundated with messages, media and images which influence who they are and, more importantly, who they think they should want to be. Through an interactive and dynamic series of discussions and activities, the program encourages girls to construct healthy self-images, think creatively, communicate effectively, assess choices critically and develop an authentic self-reliance. GirlsUP provides a unique chance and setting for a girl to develop a true sense of self, find her own voice, and, in the empowering words of Helen Keller, “look the world straight in the eye.”
UN Foundation Partnership
The UN Foundation has selected GirlsUP as an official partner in its campaign dedicated to helping the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through this continuing partnership, GirlsUP Girls will have the opportunity to channel their strong hearts, strong minds and strong spirits into exciting global events aimed at empowering young girls around the world.
GirlsUP Executive Director, Debra Soltis, with High School Musical star Monique Coleman at UN Partnership event.
Our Founder: Kelly Murray, Ph.D.
Kelly believed in girls, avidly. She believed that a girl could be truly successful only if she connected with a deep and genuine sense of herself, only if she developed a confident, unflinching authenticity of spirit. Kelly knew that such vibrant self-understanding would also bring a grounding sense of accountability and responsibility which would empower a young girl to not just look inward, but outward.
Bring GirlsUP to your area
If you would like to bring the GirlsUP program to your school, please contact us.
The best way to support GirlsUP is to enroll your child! But donations are also critical to the program's success.
Register For This Program
Register before May 1, 2016 and save $95!
Scholarship assistance available.
You may use our online registration form to register for this program.