The mission of Girls Rising is to empower underserved girls to recognize their value and pursue higher goals through a community of women mentors.

picnic 2015Girls Rising is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Girls Rising helps underserved girls achieve success through our mentoring program by pairing each girl with an individual mentor to serve as a positive, consistent role model in their lives. In addition, the program offers a series of social, educational and character building events for our Big and Little Sisters throughout the year to promote a sense of community, increase social support and introduce the girls to new experiences. We assist each girl in setting an individual goal upon entry into the program and measure progress and reset new goals annually.

Girls Rising was originally part of The Big Sister League of San Diego, Inc., which is a local non-profit agency founded in 1942 that provides housing programs for women with mental illness.  The agency started the Big and Little Sister mentor program in 1978, after receiving feedback from their housing residents that a consistent, caring person would have made a difference in their lives when they were younger.  The mentor program has been serving at risk girls of San Diego County since this time and as of 2012, became its own autonomous 501(C)3 agency.