Our Mission

Mentoring young ladies to strive for excellence

The mission of Ladies First is to mentor, inspire and support adolescent girls of color, who are at risk of unplanned pregnancy and who struggle to transition into adulthood, or to achieve self-sufficiency. We build self-esteem, leadership and other life skills through workshops and by opening doors to academic opportunities and cultural events.

Did You Know?

• The 2011 Monterey County birth rate was 66 births per 1,000 for Hispanic/Latinas and 39 births per 1,000 for African-American teens. These rates are higher than CA or USA.

• Over one in six girls in Monterey County drops out school. Of the dropouts 42% are Hispanic and African American students.

• Inadequate education contributes to the cycle of poverty by making it more difficult for these children to lift themselves and future generations out of poverty.

• In Monterey County the rate of adolescent girls in the Juvenile justice system is is 5% per 1000; while in California it is about 3%, per 1000.

• The County has budgeted $52 million dollars for a new juvenile offenders facility.

"Ladies First has empowered me to overcome my fears and life obstacles, and now I feel confident in myself everyday."
Skylar C.