A chapter of Girls Taking Action (GTA) has started at Hopkins High School with the exciting long-term goals of creating a nurturing and supportive community for our young women of color, of fostering a deeper connection between them and their school, and of empowering them to envision the many options in their future beyond high school.
Founded in 2005 by Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, world-renowned Twin Cities leadership coach, motivational speaker and author of The Power of People, GTA focuses on leadership development in young women of color in grades 6-12.
Dr. Price is personally involved in facilitating GTA at HHS. Beyond sharing her knowledge and guiding introspective journaling exercises, Dr. Price assists in creating 1:1 mentorships and career coaching between Hopkins girls and local and community women leaders from GTA’s corporate partners 3M, CHS, Ecolab, General Mills, Mortenson, and Wells Fargo. Mentors have weekly contact with their mentee that includes wide ranging conversations about plans for the future, progress in school, home life, and more.
These young women will learn their value and power, how to set goals for themselves and their community, and how to become positive leaders through community service learning projects. As they form post-secondary plans, the girls will go on field trips to college campuses and to visit their mentors in action in the business world.
Hopkins High School
Submitters: Jennifer Heimlich, Kelly Tennison