Girls Are Powerful is an organization that empowers girls to foster strength of character by changing the way they view and feel about themselves in a positive way and by embracing their unique individuality. We create a mindset shift in the way girls and young women think and act.
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Founded in 2013, Girls Are Powerful was formed as the result of the vision of Shawntan Howell who wanted to encourage girls to embrace and celebrate their Power of being Beautiful, Unique, Smart, Confident and Determined.  This desire started after a conversation with her daughter on self-esteem and self-worth.  She wanted to start a personal transformation movement that would engage and empower girls to embrace their unique individuality through affirmations, self-reflection, and positive self-talk.  Her work teaches girls how to own their power, stand in their power and not give away their power.


We hope you plan to join us at one or all of our events!

Our Impact

Here are our accomplishments for 2018.

# of girls who received unique experiences


Minnesota Counties Served

Mother/Daughter Event Participants


Our programming is designed to keep girls centered by providing a space where they are reaffirmed and reminded of their power. Through these key initiatives, we work to carry out 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.”

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers add extra significance by sharing their talents and time with the people who attend our events and workshops and to those who are not familiar with GRP. They also create an impact in the lives of young girls.

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Latest Blog

This blog is dedicated to highlighting our social media posts, our events and activities happening around the Twin Cities and the girls who are learning and enjoying them!



Here what past participants have to say about their experience with Girls Are Powerful!

“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.” – Ms. N, 16

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!!!

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.” – Ms. J – 10

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