Vision

Washington DC area teen girls of color overcome obstacles and transition into ‘Girl Boss’ career opportunities.

Mission Statement

Girl Talk Empowerment (GTE) 4 Teens empowers middle and high school girls of color with workplace readiness through training and support.

Who We Are

GTE 4 Teens is committed to the highest ethical standards and the fulfillment of our mission and values.  The success of GTE 4 Teens and its character rest upon the ethical conduct of everyone connected with us.  The president leads by example in high standards of performance, professionalism, and ethical behavior as an example for volunteers and staff to follow.

GTE 4 Teens cannot anticipate all potential challenges that may arise; however, this document communicates vital guidelines to assist GTE 4 Teens volunteers and staff in making the best-informed decisions that are ethical under applicable legal requirements.

1.  SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING MINORS

Safeguarding and protecting Minors is a top priority of GTE 4 Teens and our commitment to provide a safe environment for all minors who participate in our programs include the following requirements.

  • Programs. All interactions with Minors are exclusively done in group mentoring sessions.
  • Background Screening.  Those who qualify and wish to serve as a volunteer must have an approved background screening through the Prince Georges County Public Schools Board https://www.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/     
  • Code of Conduct. All volunteers, contractors, staff, and others who work with Minors must sign and adhere to a Code of conduct.
  • Annual Training. All staff, volunteers, and others who work with Minors require the completion of annual training for our ongoing commitment to protect and safeguard the Minors in our programs.

2.  PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY

A consistent and personal commitment to integrity benefits each individual as well as the organization.  We, therefore:

  • Strive to meet the highest standards of performance for life skill development through teachable instruction using real-world applications to prepare middle and high school girls of color for the transition into adulthood.
  • Communicate honestly and openly with all stakeholders to avoid misrepresentation.
  • Promote a working environment where honesty and open communication are valued.
  • Maintain an active governance committee that ensures proper compliance and oversight by the Board of Directors.

3.  ACCOUNTABILITY

GTE 4 Teens is responsible to its stakeholders.  To uphold this trust, we:

  • Promote good stewardship and commit to using funds and resources as intended and in compliance with all applicable laws and statutes.
  • Observe and comply with all laws and regulations affecting GTE 4 Teens.

4.   COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

GTE 4 Teens strongly endorses partnerships with the business community and its schools.

  • Youth empowerment through meaningful community-based programs
    • Internships
    • Volunteering