Diamond Girl Leadership
When Best Friends girls reach ninth grade, they enter the Diamond Girl Leadership, a program designed to keep girls interested, involved, and committed to their character development through high school and college.
All Diamond Girls participate in the Diamond Girl Jazz Choir or Performance Dance Troupe which fosters discipline as well as the social and presentation skills important for future success. Our goal is for all Diamond Girls to graduate from high school with specific college, vocational, or career plans.
Diamond Girl Leadership Curriculum Follow this link to see our curriculum subjects and schedule for a school year. You can also view a .pdf file of a sample section of our curriculum program guide. This page also provides a table of contents list of our curriculum subjects and resources to consider for use in your own youth development/character building pro-gram.
For Best Friend Foundation high school seminar students:
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Encourage Academic Excellence
Please join us in helping Best Friends girls reach for the stars and achieve their dreams by donating to the Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund. The Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund encourages academic excellence by assisting qualified Diamond Girls with their college tuition. From 1996 through 2010, Best Friends Foundation granted over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships.
Scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis according to the following criteria:
- Participation in Best Friends for at least six years before high school graduation;
- Enthusiasm and overall commitment to Best Friends and its messages;
- Demonstrated leadership;
- Academic aptitude and performance; and
- Courage in overcoming personal adversity.
- 100% of Best Friends high school girls have graduated from high school in Washington, DC, a city where only 64% of public high school students graduate. *According to the 2014-2015 graduation rate from DCPS.
- Many Diamond Girls have received help with their college tuition from the Best Friends College Council Scholarship Fund.
- Hundreds of Best Friends girls have graduated from college and many have attended graduate schools.
- Best Friends Foundation has granted $1.5 Million in scholarships from 1996 through 2010.
- Best Friends and Best Men scholarship recipients currently attend schools listed under Keeping Up With Best Friends & Best Men Network
Best Friends has given me the self-esteem needed to pursue a career in communications. When I began the program, I was a very shy and soft-spoken 13 year old. Through Best Friends, I have blossomed into a young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, follow her dreams, and strive for the best. It is easy to have this outlook on life when so many people believe not only that you can, but that you will succeed. Thanks to financial sup-port from Best Friends, I have been able to attend school with few financial problems.
Best Friends Graduate Senior, Temple University