What's behind the name?

Around the time the developers of the program were looking for a name to capture the essence of the program, Laura Sessions Stepp of the Washington Post wrote an article describing a type of girl she called the “Gamma” girl.  This brand of girl, she observed, was increasing in number and providing an alternative to the classic “Alpha” girl—the girl that everyone wants to be, however rude or mean she might be to maintain her position of power.  Likewise, this new brand of girl stood apart from the “Beta” girl—the girl who is often smarter, nicer, and more talented than the Alpha girl, but who spends much of her time striving to become the Alpha. 

Laura Sessions Stepp and subsequent writers found that “Gamma girls” are intelligent, informed, and empowered.  They have supportive adult figures in their lives, and they are involved in their churches.  They have been given a chance to form friendships outside of the social circles of their schools and are thus aware that being “on top” is not of greatest consequence.  All of these factors contribute to their unusual self-confidence. 

In this way, Gamma girls are not just the lucky ones who are “born” with confidence and the right skills for success; rather, they are developed through mentorship and an awareness of their own unique qualities and strengths.   

Because our program’s goal was to enable everyday girls to succeed in extraordinary ways, it seemed fitting to name it after girls who were doing just that. 

And so, Gammagirls was born! 

[To download Stepp’s article, please click on http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A55070-2002Feb22&notFound=true http://ctlibrary.com/8813.]


Gammagirls // Welcome to Gammagirls
Welcome to Gammagirls

Gammagirls is a program designed to engage teenagers in conversation with adult mentors about the real life issues that they face each day. 

Through group work and mentoring, Gammagirls seeks to help young women understand who God created them to be and to remain strong and focused in the midst of peer pressure. 


The Gammagirls’ curriculum provides tools and information to better equip teens for the challenges through which they must navigate on their way to adulthood.  Gammagirls provides a safe place to discuss the issues that are really on their minds.

It is an interactive, short-term mentoring program designed primarily for girls between the ages of 13 and 15, although it has been successfully used with a broader age group as well as with Gammamoms!