Reason for starting? After retiring from the Army, I became active in my sons’ PTO and really connected with some great children. As the boys matured through elementary school, and I returned to work running leadership workshops with the FBI, my sons came home to me telling me how lost the girls were in middle school. They noticed how dramatically their self confidence dropped and all the difficulty they were having maintaining their sense of self. They basically told me I had to do something. So, I did. That is how Girl Smarts was born. In essence, I took the leadership work I was doing and fashioned them into after school workshops to strengthen 4th and 5th grade girls and give them skills to use during those trying middle school years.

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