IMG 1325Who is That Girl is SMART?

We are empowering all girls to be S.M.A.R.T. 

Successful.Magnificent. Authentic.Resourceful.Talent 

That Girl is S.M.A.R.T. (TGIS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. SMART is an acronym for successful, magnificent, authentic, resourceful, and talented. TGIS, is a mentoring program that serves girls ages 6-18 throughout the state of Texas and beyond. TGIS’s primary goal is to provide strategies that assist girls to overcome roadblocks and reach their full potential in five areas – education, self-identity, wellness (mental and physical), community, and leadership.  TGIS has designed a program to empower our SMART girls with the tools they need to live a balanced life. They will learn to manage their time, understand the importance of education, and examine healthy and unhealthy relationships while learning to love themselves.

 

Since its inception in 2016, That Girl Is SMART has provided a variety of resources for women and girls from various socioeconomic backgrounds and all walks of life. Partnering with businesses, community organizations, schools, and civic leaders, TGIS hosts quarterly events focused on some of the most pressing needs of young girls and teens and brought in experts from around the globe to share their experiences and provide a roadmap for these young ladies to reach their dreams.

Thousands of girls have been impacted by TGIS programming and have continued to excel. From addressing emotional issues such as self-esteem, bullying, and abandonment, to college and career planning and exposure to entrepreneurship and STEM opportunities, That Girl Is SMART provides solutions and breaks down barriers that make the impossible, possible. Starting from age six and progressing through high school graduation, many TGIS participants have matriculated to some of the best universities in the country, including Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Oral Roberts University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Prairie View A&M University.

 

Uniquely Developed Programs

We teach them how to use their innate instincts to shift into their authentic selves. Girls over the age of six attend our bi-monthly That Girl is SMART Life Experiences. 

Through this program, we have identified and outlined five key areas of development for young girls: 

  1. Self-esteem 
  2. Relational with self and others
  3. Education
  4. Wellness (Physical and Mental)
  5. Leadership and Community 

 

TGIS recognizes in Texas and nationally that a higher percentage of African American girls are disproportionality found in systems: such as juvenile justice, special education, child welfare (CPS), health care, and criminal justice. More African Americans in these systems than their percentage of the general population would indicate, and their outcomes are unfortunate. 

According to the Texas Department of Family Services, a higher percentage of African American children:

  • Are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
  • Do not return home to their families. 
  • Grow up in foster care without being adopted or finding another permanent home.

 

We also address their real-life issues of the girls who have been violated sexually, emotionally, mentally, relationally, and physically, and show them how success is obtainable with the proper help. Our organization's core is centered on the positive development of girls between the ages of 6- 18 who are at-risk youth or need assistance to meet and address their emotional, core issues, and educational needs to create systemic change. 

Many testimonies of the girls who have attended have attempted suicide because of depression, self-identity bullying, peer pressure, and home environment. We believe we can save kids from ever getting to the point of making that poor decision by:

  • Providing a tailored, safe environment – on-site and virtually- for each girl to address their specific need because we recognize the warning signs. 
  • Establishing communication to help them activate their call for help.
  • Understanding that a teen suicide attempt is a call for help is essential in preventing a completed attempt later.
  • Provide each girl if need contact information for a specialized professional who deals with mental health. 

  

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Be Enlightened! Be Empowered! Be Engaged! Be S.M.A.R.T
Successful. Magnificent. Authentic. Resourceful. Talented.

-Monica Johnson, Founder

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Contact Info for TGIS

5729 Lebanon Rd
Ste. 144, Box 189
Frisco, TX 75034

P: 214.705.7733
E: info@thatgirlissmart.com or monica@thatgirlissmart.com

Hours of Operation:
M – F: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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