About Us




They grow up to be the strong authentic female leaders of tomorrow!

The mission of Girls in the Know is to educate and empower girls, together with those who love them, by providing tools to establish a strong sense of self.

We know growing up in today’s culture is tough…

  • Every 7 seconds a girl is bullied
  • 3 out of 4 girls will consume alcohol in High School
  • 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with an eating disorder
  • 1 in 4 teen girls has an STI
  • 7 out of 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way

How do I prepare and support my pre-teen to make healthy choices in today’s culture?

Providing a strong foundation for communication is the key to raising strong authentic women of tomorrow.  When girls have positive communication at home they report it helps them establish their individual values, make healthier decisions, develop a stronger sense of self while experiencing less depression and anxiety


GITK is a 501c3 non profit organization who’s mission is to inspire & empower girls to make healthy confident decisions.  We do this UNLIKE any other organization by delivering a 4 week empowerment workshop series led by female professionals in their field to a trusted adult & their pre-teen girls side by side.  Topics include:  Puberty, Safety, Bullying, Nutrition, Exercise, Friendships and much more!  Delivering the program to pre-teen girls is critical, at a point where their hearts are open to creating stronger bonds and moms influence is still powerful.  GITK provides the first step in the trusted adult pre-teen girl journey through adolescence.


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Lori Lander

Girls in the Know was founded in 2009 by St. Louis Mom, Lori Lander. With her children quickly approaching the difficult teen years, Lori became very motivated to find avenues that would help her foster positive ways to openly communicate with her daughters about the difficult and critically important subjects that lie ahead. There were no other organizations in St. Louis that aimed their programming toward both trusted adults/caregivers and their pre-teen girls, side by side to address the mental, physical, emotional and social challenges young women face in today’s culture, so Lori created one. She partnered with St. Luke’s Hospital who provided facilities, professional speakers (Police Officers, School Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Nutritionists and OB/GYN’s) and launched the first Girls in the Know 4-week workshop series. Forward in her thinking, Lori identified a gap, filled a need and created a program that is now widely sought out and accepted by others.


GITK2,500 trusted adults & pre-teen girls served since 2009
GITK100% growth each year
GITKExpansion to Chicago – 2011
GITKLocal corporate sponsorships

GITK began as a volunteer run organization, experienced grass roots expansion and now needs to build a sustainable model as we continue to double our program offerings.  With additional funding we will invest in:

GITKA brand new bullying prevention and kindness program is development with soon to be Hollywood and Broadway star, Marshall the Miracle Dog
GITKPreparing for national expansion
GITKAdditional outreach programming for under served communities



We welcome your time, talent or treasure!
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