After School Programs
GALS provides a variety of after school programming, both directly with our own teaching staff as well as with some incredible partner organizations. Our umbrella after school organization is After-School All-Stars, a comprehensive after-school program providing high-quality free programs to students. After-School All-Stars is free for all GALS students, and is available every school day until 6:50pm (3 hours after dismissal). Students are provided with a snack, homework help, and a variety of activities to choose from, including team sports, cooking classes, and more.
GALS hosts a variety of additional after-school programming, listed below. Each year, based on student requests, staff requests, and new partnerships, our program offerings continue to grow and expand.
After-School All-Stars (ASAS) serves tens of thousands of students across the United States. ASAS’ mission is to provide comprehensive after-school care and programming that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. Combining academics, enrichment, and health and fitness programming, students learn service leadership, confidence and motivation, critical thinking and collaboration, and healthy cooking, eating, and exercise routines. Our ASAS Program Coordinator, Ms. Mayra Castillo, works on-campus and collaborates directly with GALS leadership on programming and services.
The GALS cheer program has two teams: Varsity and Junior Varsity. Students learn and develop gymnastics, dance, stunting, and other cheer skills. The Varsity team practices four times per week, and the Junior Varsity team practices twice per week. The GALS cheer team has won multiple first and second place trophies at various competitions throughout Southern California!
DIY Girls has been providing STEAM programming to girls in Los Angeles since 2012. DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We're a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology.
DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. We offer after-school and summer programs that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls. Girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions.
Students audition for an annual play, learning and cultivating both on-stage and backstage performing arts skills. Culminating in a professional-grade drama production for the whole school community and our families, students learn the ins and outs of an full-scale drama production. Past performances have included “The Secret Life of Girls” and “Little Women.”
girls on the run
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Meeting twice a week in small teams, GOTR coaches (who are both GALS teachers and GOTR-certified volunteers) teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5K running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.
GLOBal g.l.o.w. & Herstory campaign
We partner with the international organization Global G.L.O.W. and host a HerStory Campaign after-school club at GALS. Global G.L.O.W., Girls Leading Our World, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incubator that creates and operates innovative programs to mentor girls to advocate for themselves and make their communities stronger.
Global G.L.O.W.’s largest initiative, the HerStory Campaign, works in 27 countries to listen to, amplify and champion the voices of girls through innovative after-school programming designed to cultivate modern literacy skills and foster self-advocacy. Global G.L.O.W. works alongside UN Women, girls’ rights NGOs, universities and key stakeholders to mentor girls to share their stories, advocate for themselves and transform their communities.
In the HerStory program, Global G.L.O.W. provides trained mentors who guide girls through a unique curriculum designed to build confidence, as well as cultivate modern literacy and self-expression skills. Additionally, the students convene at local, regional and global HerStory Summits to cultivate connections and build girls’ leadership capacity to drive community-based change
Global G.L.O.W. founded the HerStory Campaign in partnership with LitWorld, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, bringing to the campaign their strong heritage in literacy education for children and communities.
Students practice twice per week, learning and mastering basic basketball skills and and strategies.
Students practice three times per week in the spring, learning and mastering basic soccer skills and strategies.
Students practice twice per week, learning and mastering basic softball skills like throwing, catching, hitting, and fielding.
Students practice twice per week, learning and mastering basic volleyball skills and strategies.
We parter with After-School All-Stars and Beat the Streets to offer a wrestling team for GALS students. Beat the Streets is a national organization that cultivates youth development in underserved communities by encouraging a desire for excellence, respect, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and perseverance through the instruction of quality wrestling programs. Students learn basic wrestling skills and compete in regional tournaments during the season.