Girl Connect

Offered in collaboration with women and organizations in the community, Girl Connect events give girls access to a multitude of experiences to explore, discover, and see women working and succeeding in their dream jobs.

Girl Connect events provide girls additional opportunities to discover, own, and celebrate their power through a multitude of experiences that are offered in collaboration with women and organizations in the community. From computer science to fashion design to carpentry to performing arts, girls get to not only explore interests and discover new passions, they get to see women working and succeeding in their dream jobs.


Saturday, August 17, 2019 | Carpenters Union Training Center

Build your girl’s character, confidence, and creativity by letting her work with her own hands! At this event, girls tried their hands at a variety of skilled trade activities and built their very own keepsake, all the while fueled by pizza. The women of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters joined GRP to share more about their specialty, demystify the construction industry, and help the girls with their projects.

GRP day at the moa

Saturday, August 4, 2018 | Mall of America

We were so excited to extend our programming into the summer and ignite our girls’ imaginations with computer classes at the Microsoft and Apple Stores in the Mall of America. Through our partnership, girls took “Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint” at the Microsoft Store and “Exploring Creative Storytelling” at the Apple Store to reinforce the topics covered in our workshop series and learn new skills that they used in the Magazine Project and their own lives.

Art, Design & Communication

Ignite Her Imagination and Power Career Series

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | Saint Paul College

Led by women in the community with creative careers, the girls learned and explored their creative abilities across many art forms such as performing and visual arts, personal communication, and photography.

Facilitators / Speakers included Kendra Henseler, Photographer, Cori Lin, Illustrator and Designer and Michelle Benson, Marketing and Communications.


Health & Medical Services and Culinary Arts

Ignite Her Imagination and Power Career Series

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | Saint Paul College

The first step towards a medical career is to learn CPR. Led by a Saint Paul College (SPC) instructor, the girls learned and administered CPR on static mannequins, discussed possible careers in medicine and emergency services, and took a tour of the medical simulation lab before discussing food safety, learning basic culinary techniques, and baking some well-earned cupcakes.

Speakers included Carolina Ramirez, Health Educator.


Skilled Trades: Construction, Cabinetry, and Plumbing

Ignite Her Imagination and Power Career Series

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | Saint Paul College

The girls got some hands-on experience working with lumber while learning some basic construction skills as they build their own footstool to take home led by Saint Paul Carpentry instructor Perry Franzen and Cabinetmaking instructor Tom Hillstead. Then in partnership with Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, the wrapped the day working with women Plumbers and Fitters who helped them create jewelry/scrunchie/anything holder using plumber pipes.

Speakers included Amy Lokken, MüD Modular Founder, Racheal Green, business owner and Carpenter Apprentice, Tasha Lawrence, Plumber

Computer Technology

Ignite Her Imagination and Power Career Series

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | Saint Paul College

In this partnership with Target Twist Organization, the girls discussed computer science topics such as programming and apps with an SPC instructor and learned networking and troubleshooting skills while exploring some of the most popular programming languages. Then was lead through a session with Target team members around different technical careers.

Speakers included Joana Cruz a Target Supply Chain Modernization Product Engineering, Tarah Cleveland a Target full-stack developer and Youth Clare and Nora Dixon.


Saturday, April 12, 2017 | Macalester College

It’s become a cliché, but succeeding in today’s world requires knowing how to brand yourself, and in turn how to build and support the brands of future employers and clients. In this Girl Connect event with the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow organization, preteen and adolescent girls were given a crash course in media literacy and branding by female fellows in the organization.

Designer Power

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | Tai Apparel

Girls tapped into their creativity with fashion designer Jeanna, designing four-piece clothing collections as well as participating in a sewing activity, where the girls crafted their very own Girls Are Powerful pillow.

Confidence Starts with YOU!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | Oakdale Library

Author Connect

Special guest, author Abby Cooper, joined us as we learned how to express ourselves and be confident in our own skins through writing exercises. She discussed and answered questions about her book, Sticks and Stones, and shared how she followed her dreams to become an author.

Improv for confidence

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | Huge Theater

There’s a reason that the most influential organizations from Amazon to Harvard take corporate retreats at improv classes. Improv trains the brain to think quickly and creatively, all while improving confidence and self-esteem. Whether your daughter is building her tight five or needs help coming out of her shell, improv classes will have immediate and long-lasting effects.