As a former New Jersey public school teacher who created an after school charm and dance club, Elleanor Jean Hendley knows firsthand how enrichment programs support academic achievement and boosts self-esteem.

Girls Achieve® School Day provides an in-school or after school series of curriculum-support and life skills workshops, cultural enrichment, and career and college exposure primarily for middle school students. The Girls Achieve® Activity Book is used as a resource, and the program is directed by veteran educators with supporting workshops and activities from community stakeholders.

Girls Achieve® is based on the model of Teenshop, Inc., a college preparatory and life skills nonprofit weekend program for teenage girls Ms. Hendley founded in 1985. Teenshop has expanded to five chapters in three states – California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania – and all graduates matriculate to college or professional schools.

Through Girls Achieve, I have witnessed many of our girls gain a strong sense of self-esteem and the confidence which allows them to make well-informed decisions.


I feel lucky to be in Girls Achieve. It gives me a chance to see what I can look forward to in life.