Inspiring her pathway towards sustainable success
You Grow Girl! is a nonprofit organization serving female-identifying youth and families throughout Washington State. Founded in 2002 by the Executive Director and former dependent of the foster care & juvenile court systems, Jamila L. Coleman. Jamila initially had a vision to create a safe forum for girls in the foster care system to tackle their fears and insecurities, build self-confidence and be surrounded by peers and adults who are supportive.
Over 18 years later, the work at You Grow Girl! has evolved and is rooted in the deep belief that girls from chronically under-resourced populations, especially girls of color, must be accepted for their authentic selves and supported by a community of true allies and accomplices who amplifies gender, economic, and racial justice.
You Grow Girl! empowers youth to become leaders to promote economic equity and opportunity for not only themselves but other sisters throughout Washington State, and beyond.
credit: Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
A self-sufficient woman positively contributes to a just, equitable society and healthy economy.