The Girl Talk LIFE Prep Academy

The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy is an elite program of Girl Talk, Inc. in which rising juniors and seniors can apply to participate in a 10-month experience that is both transformational and preparatory for their future.  Applicants who apply will have to fulfill certain application requirements and attend an interview prior to being accepted into the program.

The program kicks off with a 3 day, 2 night retreat and will prepare 11th – 12th grade girls for college, career, and life, through consecutive monthly sessions, each semester.  For High School Juniors, we will cover topics on College and Career exploration and preparation.  For High School Seniors, we will cover topics on College LIFE Prep, Career LIFE Prep, and General LIFE Prep (transitioning into becoming an adult, becoming a financially stable adult, finding housing, etc.).

Juniors and Seniors who participate will also have the chance to apply to participate in an 8 week paid Summer Internship to further prepare them for the workforce.  This internship process will also be competitive in nature. Girls will complete a rigorous application and interview process to be potentially selected for  limited internship spots.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation (one personal – church/youth group leader, family friend, etc., OR one professional – teacher, administrator, work supervisor, etc.)
  • Proof of minimum 2.5 GPA (ex. school transcript, report card, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (1-2 page essay)
    • Topic: Briefly state your educational and career goals and explain how they align with the objectives of the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy.
  • $50 Enrollment Fee (due upon acceptance into program) 

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2020

Apply Here!

College & Career Exploration for High School Juniors

First Semester, our high school juniors will come once a month to learn about college options. They will learn the importance of community service hours, what colleges look for in applicants, alternatives to college (vocational and technical training colleges, certificate programs, etc.), and they will have the opportunity to visit community colleges, universities, technical & vocational training colleges, and institutions that offer certificate programs.

Second Semester, our high school juniors will come once a month to explore career options. We will bring in guest professionals who represent various different career paths (CEO’s, Professors, Doctors, Lecturers, Accountants, Musicians, etc.) The girls will also have the opportunity to visit businesses and organizations to see behind the scenes operations.

College LIFE, Career LIFE, General LIFE Preparation for High School Seniors

College LIFE Prep

First Semester, our seniors will attend sessions on college LIFE preparation. They will learn how to apply to college, how to complete financial aid applications, selecting a meal plan and a dorm. They will also learn about life changes and transitions as a college student: what to expect. We will also teach them about credit card sharks and what to watch for and some financial management techniques as a college student. We will discuss life on campus and what they should expect and provide tips for study life/social life balance.

Career LIFE Prep

There will be an alternative Career LIFE Prep Track for girls not interested in going to college. Our seniors will attend a 10-12 week course on career LIFE preparation. We will cover interview skills, workplace etiquette, time management techniques, and money management techniques. Girls will learn how to communicate properly and effectively in an interview. They will also learn how to carry and conduct themselves in the workplace. We will teach them how to dress and how to come to work with the right attitude, how to complete a timesheet, and the importance of coming to work on time.

General LIFE Prep

Second Semester, all of our seniors will have the chance to take a General LIFE prep class. They will learn time management, credit management, and money management techniques: keeping track of hours and pay; opening a bank account; how to balance a checkbook; the importance of saving money, etc. They will also learn about transitioning into adulthood, and how to become sustainable, stable adults. They will learn the importance of giving back to their community.

**The word “College” refers to community college, universities, vocational/technical colleges, and certificate programs.

Scholarship Opportunities

High School seniors enrolled in the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy are eligible to apply for select scholarship opportunities supported by program sponsors of Girl Talk, Inc. Please see below for more information about the application processes, deadlines, etc.

The Grit Scholarship by Hard Knox Pizza

About the Scholarship:
College does not guarantee success just as a High School Diploma does not guarantee limitations. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”- Robert Collier. 

The Hard Knox Scholars Program was established to provide young women with a support system designed to assist them through challenges many young women face while pursuing their life’s dream. Alexa Sponcia’s journey birthed a passion to ensure that every girl with a dream is afforded an opportunity to reach not only their full potential but also their success of tomorrow. That is why each year, one student will be chosen to receive a scholarship as well as non-monetary supports to help them navigate the difficulties of achieving a dream.

Award Amount: $2,000
*The amount awarded will be given directly to the student’s chosen institution.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Meet the expectations for participation in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Be a graduating Senior

Application Requirements:
Each applicant must complete an essay answering the following questions:
What is your why? How does your “why” relate to your life story? What do you plan to achieve in life?
*Essays should be a minimum of one page, with a maximum of 3 pages.

The ideal candidate possesses the following:

  1. Grit – A student with grit possesses passion and perseverance. They work hard through challenges both personally and professionally. If a goal is set, they work to achieve it.
  2. Potential – A student who recognizes a dream alone is not enough but has the capacity to develop that dream into something more. They seek out ways to achieve success (i.e. internships, career shadowing, networking).
  3. Ambition – A student who recognizes that achieving a goal takes planning and preparation. They do not wait for an opportunity to present itself and then begin preparing. They are ready for the opportunity when it comes.

Click here to apply.

The SouthEast Bank Education Award

About the Award:
“When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.” -Meghan Markle

The SouthEast Bank Education Award was established to afford an outstanding participant of the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy the opportunity to pursue her postsecondary dreams and career goals. The mission of SouthEast Bank includes a strong commitment to promoting and supporting education. This scholarship award is a reflection of this promise to our local community. Based on the following eligibility requirements and completion of the application process, Girl Talk, Inc.’s leadership will select this year’s recipient.

Award Amount: $2,500
*The amount awarded will be given directly to the student’s chosen institution.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Meet the expectations for participation in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Be a graduating Senior
  • Provide proof of a 3.5 GPA or higher

Application Requirements:
Each applicant must complete an essay (minimum of 500 words) answering ONE the following questions:

  1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Ghandi
    What issues do you see within society? How will you use your voice to create change? What mark will you leave behind?
  2.  “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai.
    Tell us three things that helped shape your core values. How will these core values guide your life decisions? How will these core values influence others.
  3. If you were afforded an opportunity to provide a message of hope and support to the African American Community, what would you say?

In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, please complete the application below.

The SouthEast Bank Education Award Application

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Accepted file types: (ie, doc, pdf).
    Upload your completed essay here (minimum of 500 words).
  • Upload proof of your current cumulative GPA.
“Before Girl Talk I didn’t think that God could love me.  But on the Retreat He reassured me that everything that happened to me happened for a reason, and one day I will find out why.  Now I know that God loves me even with everything that I have been through.”

Corey, Girl Talk Graduate