Building off the continued success of current programs, legislation was heard to establish a pilot program for intensive advising for girls of color at one high school in Minneapolis. The program, part of the “Girls in Action” network, would be tasked with improving academic performance, increasing graduation rates, and improving college and career readiness for the girls involved. The total appropriation for the program would be $437,500.
The program provides weekly activities for students, and is an innovative four-tiered, curriculum-based program that strives to decrease and prevent violence among urban high school girls while positively reengaging them in academics and leadership.
Girls in Action began in 2005 at North High School in Minneapolis. Since then programs have expanded to Patrick Henry and Roosevelt high schools in Minneapolis; Murray Junior High and Farnsworth Junior High and Capitol Hill in St. Paul; Chaska Community High School, the group’s first suburban site; and an international site at Guatemala’s Asociacion de Superacion. (S.F. 1536)