Our Story

Charly Young and Becca Dean were secondary school teachers in North West London when they witnessed the multiple barriers facing girls in their classrooms:

-Pressure to conform to ideals

- Lack of confidence or self-belief

- Lack of professional female role models in their networks

They established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.

They believed that the girls needed a greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.

The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across London, the South Coast (Portsmouth & Brighton), the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle, working with more than 1,200 girls each year.

 In 2017: 

- 100% of girls grew their network of professional women, with a further 84% of girls increasing the number of professionals they felt confident to talk.

- 95% of girls increased in their resilience.

- 89% of girls grew in their key communication skills.

- 100% of girls reported doing as well as they’d hoped, if not better, on their end of year academic results.