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Jun 29, 2016 1:33 EST

SPOTLIGHT:GIRLS – Teaching girls to take center stage: We celebrate young girls and women through summer camps, after-school programs, educational products, and events

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 29, 2016

INVEST INSPOTLIGHT:GIRLS

 

 

Teaching girls to take center stage

We celebrate young girls and women through summer camps, after-school programs, educational products, and events. We’ve spent the past 8 years building an empowering space for girls in the Bay Area, and have become a trusted resource for over 500 girls and their families.

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Lynn Johnson
CO-FOUNDER/CEO, SPOTLIGHT:GIRLS
 
 
 

OUR AMBITION

Go Girls!, our flagship product, is more than a summer camp; it’s a movement. We’re now working on bringing this movement to the rest of the country, and eventually the rest of the world. In 5 years, we will be an international franchise with thousands of girls becoming “Go Girls!” through camps, after-school classes, and products and media designed to take the experience home. With annual revenues between $2-$7 million, we’ll commit 10% of those revenues to girls in vulnerable communities.

KEY FACTS

  • Camp serves over 500 girls in 5 Bay Area locations
  • 2012 finalist in Ashoka Changemakers “Activating Empathy” Competition
  • Bootstrapped our business from nothing to revenues in excess of $300K
  • In 2013, successfully raised $26,000 on the StartSomeGood platform

 

THE BUZZ ABOUT SPOTLIGHT:GIRLS
What particularly impressed me is how organized, competent, and loving the staff are. When emotional issues come up between campers, there is a process of working through it with a staff-member’s help. It includes art, talking, and resolution, turning conflict into grace through creativity and collaboration.

Azzia Walker

Founder of Aikido Shusekai
I do not believe in over-scheduling and over-structuring kids’ time. I do believe in Go Girls!…their camps give kids the time to practice the kind of child-led, complex, imaginative play that research shows helps children learn to work in groups, to resolve conflicts, and to regulate their own emotions and behaviors. Both of my daughters loved their experiences with Go Girls! Camp. And that makes me happy.

 
 

EMPOWERING GIRLS

At Spotlight:Girls we use theater, visual art, music, and media as a training ground for self-love, empathy, peaceful interactions, boundaries, and courage. We are igniting a Compassion Revolution by putting girls center stage.

THROUGH ART AND LEADERSHIP

Girls ages 6-13 participate in our “Go Girls!” summer camps and after-school clubs. They make original plays, art, music, and media that build social and emotional skills and promote community connections. Our media products and adult programs ensure the learning doesn’t stop when they leave camp.

Go Girls! Camp

1st – 4th grade girls create and perform their own plays, culminating in a community performance.

Reel Stories

5th and 6th grade girls produce, direct, edit, and star in their very own short films.

Leadership Team

7th, 8th and 9th grade girls work as counselors-in-training in Go Girls! Camp and Go Girls!/Reel Stories.

Go Girls! Clubs

After school, girls work on an art project that inspires them and benefits their community.

 

 

Go Girls! truly helped [my daughter] feel like she has worth, she matters, and she has something to say and to give the world. I am so very very grateful to Go Girls! for this.”
— Joyce Slaton, San Francisco mom and writer at BabyCenter.com

WE’VE WON OVER THE BAY AREA

We started this revolution in 2008 when 17 girls registered for a summer theater camp in a church basement in Oakland. Since then, we’ve grown to almost 500 girls declaring “I am a Go Girl!” at 5 different camp locations in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto.

500 CAMPERS AND COUNTING

REVENUE GROWTH

“Go Girls! helps set the stage for my daughter fully to become herself: with a love of life, a sense of adventure, a willingness to do the work of loving and caring for others, and loving and caring for herself.”
— Matthew Levett, Oakland Dad & Attorney

AND SOON, THE WHOLE NATION

We’re expanding across the country with intensified marketing efforts, new franchised camps, and an online store to bring the Go Girls! experience right to your front door.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MEET THE FOUNDERS  

Partners in life and business, Lynn and Allison have been married for 10 years and live in Oakland with their daughter and 2 small dogs.
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Lynn Johnson

Co-Founder/CEO
Social entrepreneur & girl advocate who’s been connecting folks through theater for 25 years
 
 
 
 
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Allison Kenny

Co-Founder
Author of “Starring Celia,” blogger at RaisingAGoGirl.com, actor & artist
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Contact Information:

Lynn Johnson

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