Program Partner: Girls on The Rise

The Girls on the Rise Program is a program of Christ Child Society and is a multifaceted empowerment program for girls in Ward 8 and their families. Operating at the Mary Virginia Merrick Center in Southeast, D.C. the program provides a safe, enriching after-school program for girls ages 8-18.  Program activities offer the Girls on the Rise an opportunity to discover who they are as young ladies – their dreams, desires, capabilities, skills, and talents. Over the course of the year, the girls are able to improve their life skills and self-esteem in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. (

Color Expression facilitates weekly two-hour after school workshops for girls in 3rd – 5th grade.

  • Fall 2017 – Theme: Safety (media: paper crafts and paint);
  • Spring 2018 – Theme: I Am Beauty (media: pastels, paint);
  • Summer 2018: Theme: TBD (media: paint, fabric, crafts)