We are a nonprofit organization and personal transformation movement dedicated to energizing girls and young women to embrace their unique individuality, foster strength of character, and support one another to create a new generation of empowered women.


Founded in 2013, Girls Are Powerful is the brainchild of Shawntan Howell, who was frustrated with the lack of cultural appropriateness options available in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to help girls build healthy self-esteem and awareness of self and others. With her eyes set on a brighter future, she began planning and organizing a movement to teach girls to own their power and embrace their individuality through affirmations, self-reflection, and mutual support.


Mentor Program

The GRP Essentials Mentoring Program brings together girls aged 7-18 of all races, cultures, and lived experiences to discover and embrace their identities and use their power to positively impact their communities.


Designed to keep girls centered by providing a space where they are reaffirmed and reminded of their power, our key initiatives work towards the realization of our vision “to support and create a generation of girls and young women who are confident, maintain healthy relationships, make positive decisions, and exhibit responsible behaviors by embracing their power.”


You don’t have to be a celebrity or CEO to make an impact in girls’ lives—anyone can do it! Volunteering with GRP takes on many forms, from sharing your time and talents with the girls to offering your professional and administrative services to the organization. Join us today!


Help support the creation of a generation of girls and young women who embrace their uniqueness, confidence, intelligence, determination, beauty, and power. Your gifts, big and small, make a huge difference in the lives of girls in our community. Become a Girls Are Powerful supporter!


MEET THE TEAM: Isaiah Allen

MEET THE TEAM: Isaiah Allen

Isaiah Allen to bring male perspectives to Girls Are Powerful Board   Girls Are Powerful is thrilled to welcome Isaiah Allen to our board of directors! Isaiah met his mentor, GRP Board Chair Danielle Hansen, as a student at the University of St. Thomas. “I was...

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MEET THE TEAM: Angela Powers

MEET THE TEAM: Angela Powers

Board member is proud of GRP and its impact on her daughter Angela Powers first became involved in Girls Are Powerful when her daughter attended programs. “I fell in love with the mission and the people involved,” she says. When she decided to seek a volunteer board...

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Hear what past participants have to say about their experiences with Girls Are Powerful!

My power word: DETERMINED!

At a workshop, “we got to make posters about who we are as young women, and I got to choose my power word: DETERMINED!” At Career Day, “We got to explore different careers, and I learned that I can be anything I put my mind to.”

Miss. J, – 10

GRP is a great organization

GRP is a great organization. We joined when my daughter was at a low point in life after being bullied for a whole school year. GRP helped turn my daughter’s self-esteem around and she realized it was OK to be unique and that she is beautiful. Thanks, GRP!!! – Mom

GRP!!! – Mom

Girls Are Powerful taught me

“Whenever I think ‘I’m not good enough for this’ or ‘I’m not cut out for this,’ it’s in the back of my mind; ‘No, you can do this if you give it your all.’ That’s been the result of all those power words Girls Are Powerful taught me.”

Miss. N, 16


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