About Us

Girl CHARGE aims to create community awareness of and to foster change in the social norms and culture of girls in our community.

Girl CHARGE’s Vision

Girl CHARGE’s vision is to establish safe, social settings that promote the physical, social and emotional health of girls. Currently, relational aggression (covert bullying in the form of rumors, gossip, social exclusion, etc.) is considered a rite of passage for girls, just as images of physical perfection have become the media-dictated norm.   Rather than continuing to expect and accept such ideals, the aim of Girl CHARGE is to serve as a catalyst for change.

Girl CHARGE’s Mission

To change the social norms and culture of girls in our community by creating environments of acceptance and respect through youth-oriented programming and community education.

Melissa Norman founded Girl CHARGE, Inc. in 2008.  As a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, she realized how unprepared both girls, parents and teachers were in effectively handling relationally aggressive situations. Melissa holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Wake Forest University, as well as a Masters in Counseling from WFU. She has taught in both public and private schools in Greensboro and now focuses solely on running Girl CHARGE programming.