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History & Mission

Marie Celestin, a 2000 and 2002 alumna of Simmons College, created the G.I.R.L.S. Project in 1996 to provide girls between the ages of 11 and 18 with a forum to voice their concerns, an opportunity to meet other young women from different walks of life, and the resources to help them build the skills necessary to realize their full potential.

In addition to the annual G.I.R.L.S. conference, the G.I.R.L.S. Project also produces Girl TV, an interactive and educational cable-TV program that discusses issues affecting girls and women. Hosted by Boston area teens, the show examines issues relevant to girls' lives, ranging from career planning to teen dating violence.

Simmons Institute for Leadership & Change

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) was founded in 1991 to help women and girls act individually and collectively to transform their personal, work, and community lives by creating partnerships among academic, business, and community organizations. Visit the SILC website (


"This conference is informative and helps to boost girls, self-esteem in a society that can sometimes bring it down."
—Kendall, 1997 G.I.R.L.S. Conference attendee

Contact Information

For more information or contact Marie Celestin, 617-792-2508, or via email