History

Girls PACT was founded in 2010 by Michelle Shegda with help from a one-time grant from AT&T and America's Promise. The program began at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice serving 25 teenage girls ages 15-17. The intention was to facilitate a one-year program, but there was a demand for more.

Summer 2013

By the summer of 2013, Girls PACT reached over 80 girls on middle and high school campuses and community centers on the west side of Los Angeles. In order to sustain its growth, Girls PACT secured fiscal agency from the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and began operating as a nonprofit organization.

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2013-2016

Over the next three years, Girls PACT matured from a sponsored program to an independent nonprofit organization, expanding its reach and partnering with the Oakwood Recreation Center, Pico Youth & Family Center, PATH Gramercy and Venice YouthBuild. During the 2014-2015 school year, Girls PACT hosted 103 workshops for 140 unique young women.

February 2016

In February 2016, Girls PACT launched the Guys For Girls PACT initiative to invite young men into the conversations. It was well-received by 44 young men who had the courage to participate. Since then, Guys for Girls PACT continues to grow in popularity on high school and college campuses.

The hard work of Girls PACT paid off. The nonprofit was awarded 501c(3) tax-exempt status in May 2016 thanks to a very generous contribution from the Danaher Lynch Family Foundation.

The newly appointed status validated the work of the Girls PACT and took the organization to the next level. In the spring of 2017, Girls PACT partnered with I Am That Girl to develop a Sexual Assault Prevention Curriculum specifically for Denim Day. It was piloted at Culver City High School, Venice High School and Loyola-Marymount University and received rave reviews from all locations.

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Present Day

Today, we continue to find innovative ways to educate the future generation. Our thriving, community-based nonprofit organization serves 200 young people, annually, on the west side of Los Angeles.

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