Originally called The Ophelia Project, the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse.


    We envision a world where all girls believe in their power. 


    We ignite the power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable.


    Girl Connect is a curriculum-based program during the school day that consists of 10 small group weekly sessions led by a Girls Empowerment Network trained facilitator. The 6 C's are taught in a small group setting to girls that have been referred by their parent, counselor, or teacher. The 6 C's are the following: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, Coping Skills, Creativity, and Confidence. GEN will lead two small groups this semester: 6th and 7th grade. Tentative start date is: October 15, 2019. Please contact your child's counselor for more information if your child is interested in participating in Girl Connect Group this semester.