Chat Night: "Toxins and Cosmetics" with Esmeralda Saldana

What toxins are present in everyday products we use? How can we make educated choices about makeup and skincare to protect our health? GTWT's May Chat Night featured guest speaker Esmeralda Saldana, a local leader from Boyle Heights who shared her knowledge about toxic chemicals in beauty products and natural alternatives. The girls spent time getting to know this inspiring woman and were motivated to start reading labels and thinking twice before putting toxic ingredients in their bodies. 

Chat Nights are monthly gathering for GTWT girls to discuss important topics with powerful women from various fields. If you'd like to lead a Chat Night, contact Adriana at for more information.

15th Annual Fashion Show!


Friday October 9th, 2015



President & COO






CSU Northridge, 2015
Mechanical Engineering

Join us as we celebrate another successful year at Girls Today Women Tomorrow with dynamic speakers, an exciting runway show featuring outstanding GTWT participants, a delicious lunch and an exciting silent auction. Proceeds of this inspiring event will directly support crucial GTWT programs and operations, positively impacting the lives of our girls and their families. Thank you for your support!

Become a Mentor!

Girls Today Women Tomorrow Mentor Training

GTWT House: 1927 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Light Refreshments
Street parking available
RSVP to Perlita Varela at

We are looking for inspiring, enthusiastic female professionals with knowledge and wisdom to share with the next generation of girls! If you are interested in becoming a one-on-one mentor for a GTWT girl, this Summer Mentor Training is your chance to learn more about our program, specific goals and requirements, and to apply to be a mentor! Mentors are a key factor in supporting girls on the pathway to higher self esteem and academic success. Our one-on-one mentors commit to one year of regular contact with their mentee as well as monthly in-person meetings. As a mentor, you will have the privilege of spending time with one of our ambitious teen girls, and the chance to make a positive difference in her life. In the words of one GTWT Mentor:

'What I love the most about mentoring with GTWT is the opportunity to really connect with a young girl and watch both of us grow throughout the experience. I love offering advice and guidance and acting like a big sister. I don't have a sister and now I know what it feels like and it's a very special bond" -Shelly Ulaj, Mentor to Jasmine, Melissa, and Adriana

Qualities we look for in a mentor:
Friendly, positive attitude
Great listener
Flexible and willing to make the effort
Time: available to meet monthly and keep in regular contact

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please attend our upcoming training and learn more about Mentoring at GTWT! 
RSVP to Perlita at

Help Gabby and Rosa Attend UCLA Tech Camp!

Gaby and Rosa have been members of Girls Today Women Tomorrow for two and a half years. The twin sisters first became interested in STEM through their school’s science club at Belvedere Middle School. Over the years their passion for math and science has grown, and now the 15 year old Garfield High School Juniors dream of becoming engineers. One of the components of GTWT is a group mentoring program, where the sisters met successful women engineers actively working and studying in the field and were further inspired to go after their dreams of building airplanes, satellites, and robots. With encouraging words and a side project building robots through the Mini Urban Challenge, Gaby and Rosa were introduced to UCLA's Tech Camp through one of their mentors. Both sisters applied for the competitive program and were accepted for summer 2014 with full tuition scholarships.

This opportunity will help the girls experience a new world, filled with like-minded engineers, education on the history of technology, and hands on experience. Gaby and Rosa are excited to be attending the camp together and credit their family for being supportive of their education. The sisters will be the first in their family to attend college and want their little brother, who also aspires to be an engineer, to have a role model. Currently, the girls have each won a $3,000 scholarship to attend Tech Camp, but do not have enough funds to cover their room and board expenses which come to $5,000 in total. Without the dorm funds, Gaby and Rosa will have to commute via bus, 2 1/2 hours each way to UCLA every day of camp. In their own words, Gaby and Rosa would like to ask for support from the GTWT community:

 "This program will be very beneficial to us because we will see what college life is like, and become more prepared for when we apply to UCLA, our dream college. Attending Tech Camp will be a really great experience to talk about to my little brother and encourage him to try his best to achieve his goals. The point of encouraging my brother is to let him know that anything is possible. My sister and I will be AB540 students once we attend college and this Tech Camp is a great opportunity since we are limited in certain ways because we weren't born in the United States. We were brought to the U.S at age two, which makes it difficult because we don’t get the same opportunities as students born from the U.S.  With the help of our mentors from Girls Today Women Tomorrow we are able to know about the great opportunities that are out there and take advantage of them. By giving just a little contribution to our fundraiser will change the lives of two young girls fighting to achieve their goal. Thank you!"

CLICK HERE to donate to Gaby and Rosa's fundraiser, and please share their story with your friends! These girls are our future leaders!

Invest in the next generation of young leaders with our 21 DAYS OF GIVING campaign!


The Perlman Foundation will double all donations made to Girls Today Women Tomorrow from Nov. 25 - Dec. 15, 2013 when made through our online campaign. Support GTWT today!

As the Holiday Season approaches, Girls Today Women Tomorrow is excited to partner with the Perlman Foundation for our 21 DAYS OF GIVING campaign. Every dollar raised through our online campaign between November 25th and December 15th, 2013 will be matched by the Perlman Foundation, up to $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today, to ensure GTWT is able to continue serving teen girls with life-changing programming in the future. This campaign is special because the funds raised are unrestricted and can be freely used by GTWT in the areas where we need it most! Funds raised through this campaign will support the day-to-day operations that keep us running, as well as capacity-building and leadership development. When you plan your year-end and holiday giving, remember GTWT and the impactful work we do every day in Boyle Heights and beyond! All donations must be made through our online campaign and by December 15th, 2013 in order to be matched by the Perlman Foundation. Thank you!

If you would like to contribute to our campaign, please follow this link to donate: 21 DAYS OF GIVING Campaign 

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13th Annual Fashion Show: Save the Date!

Girls Today Women Tomorrow is excited to return to the Center at Cathedral Plaza for our 13th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon. The afternoon will include a runway show featuring outstanding GTWT participants, a delicious lunch, inspiring speakers and much more! Please mark your calendar and join us for this special event!

It is with great honor and excitement that we announce the Thirteenth Annual Girls Today Women Tomorrow Fashion Show Luncheon. The fundraiser will be held at The Center At Cathedral Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday October 10th, 2013 at 12:00 pm. Based in the historic Boyle Heights community, just east of Downtown Los Angeles, GTWT is one of Los Angeles’ premier mentorship organizations serving inner-city girls. Founded in 1996, GTWT provides 200 girls and young women, ages 10-21, with critically-needed academic, personal and career mentoring support designed to help them achieve higher education and life success.

This year's Fashion Show Fundraiser is more crucial than ever! The event is our main source of funding, and proceeds directly support core program areas, including: team-building leadership retreats; college visitation days; health awareness, self-esteem and financial literacy workshops; community service projects; physical fitness programs; as well as the renovation of GTWT’s newly acquired Empowerment Center – a safe haven for the girls and the Boyle Heights community.

Each year, more than 400 corporate executives, community leaders, GTWT participants and their families attend this fundraising event. The program includes a silent auction, sponsor recognition, a delicious lunch, and culminates with our own Runway to Success production – highlighting the personal and academic accomplishments of the young girls GTWT serves.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact GTWT Program Coordinator Molly Robertson at or 323-526-3039 for more information.

GTWT Participant Gains Work Experience and Inspiration

Elsie Varela, Senior, Bravo Medical Magnet, shares her story of her first professional work experience.

This summer I not only received a paycheck, but I had the opportunity to work in a professional setting for the first time.  GTWT connected me with the Constitutional Rights Foundation Expanding Horizons program, and I had the privilege of working as an intern at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld law firm.  I did a wide variety of tasks while I was at Akin Gump, from making copies and scanning important documents to running errands and making conference reservations. I learned a lot about how a law firm works but most importantly I learned a lot about myself.

Akin Gump is located in Century City so I knew simply getting there gave me new experiences.  Every day I had a one hour commute to work and back home.  I would spend over half my day away from home and it was that fact that made me realize how hard my own parents have worked and how difficult it is to have a full-time job.

Nonetheless, the small sacrifices were worth it.   Every day I came into a friendly atmosphere. I was able to work closely with attorneys, paralegals and managers of the different departments within a law firm.  It was overwhelming and intimidating at first since I had never been around so many professional people.  Everything was so polished and new; it seemed to be the type of building that only comes out in movies and magazines. I got to use a special ID card in order to get access to the all office rooms. I got to feel important; no one had given me that amount of trust before. Working at Akin Gump made me grow not only as a student, but also as a person.

Elsie is currently applying to college and dreams of attending Scripps College, or going out of state to Northwestern University in the Fall.

Student Leader Hosts Nature Inspired Photography Fundraiser Benefiting GTWT

As a young member of the San Gabriel Forever Leadership Academy, GTWT Alumni Lizbeth Rojas chose to focus her community action project on raising awareness among Boyle Heights teens about the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, as well as the environmental challenges that they face.

In collaboration with Las Fotos Project, Lizbeth led a group of ten GTWT participants on a day-long nature hike where they captured images of the San Gabriel Mountains. Las Fotos Project Director Eric Ibarra instructed the girls in the use of film cameras, as well as a technique called double exposure, where two exposures are superimposed on the same image. The young photographers took photos of their own community of Boyle Heights, in an effort to draw connections between city life and nearby natural habitats. They also participated in two days of writing workshops where they wrote poetry based on their favorite images from their film roll.

On August 23rd, Lizbeth organized an exhibit titled "Nature: Double Exposed- San Gabriel Mountains Meets Boyle Heights" featuring the best photos taken by each participant. The young photographers were on site to explain the double exposure technique that they used, and to share what it meant to them to have the opportunity to explore nature and to learn how to use film cameras.

Thank you to all who attended, donated, and volunteered! You made it a great success! Photography prints will soon be available on our website for purchase, and a forthcoming book will be printed in limited quantities.