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Raising girls means navigating a lot of uncertainty and doubt.

One of the biggest challenges many parents face is questioning whether they are doing enough for their daughters to succeed.

the reality

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 31.9% of female teens have experienced an anxiety disorder, and 17.3% have experienced a major depressive episode.

Suicide rates among girls aged 10-14 have tripled since 2007, according to a 2019 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health issues affecting girls aged 10-19 worldwide, with suicide being the third leading cause of death among girls in this age group, according to a 2020 report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center, 45% of teenage girls in the United States said that they are online "almost constantly," which can lead to feelings of social isolation and negative self-image.

Social media use is associated with an increased risk of poor sleep quality, which can in turn have negative effects on mental health, according to a 2019 study published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

how we partner with families
the spade
What we do

We consult with parents and mentor girls. 

At Girls Mentorship, we see girls’ everyday relationships (with self and others) as an area of opportunity to develop + practice the practical skills that generate confidence and influence over a lifetime.

Our mentorship services create a space where your daughter will be able to…

  • develop strategies for becoming a strong communicator and a leader by understanding her emotions and actions.​

  • recognize "people pleasing" tendencies and develop long-term and short-term methods for taking care of her mental health.

  • avoid spending thousands of dollars in the future by letting her learn the necessary skills now so that she will be ready for the "real world" later.

  • think BIG and imagine the possibilities that are available for her - ready to take risks and face challenges.​

  • understand the limiting beliefs that keep her back and implement solutions that propel her forward.


what we stand for

At Girls Mentorship, we believe in the power of having fun, resilience, and positive impact. We stand for creating joy and happiness in all that we do, while also remaining adaptable and resourceful in the face of challenges. Our ultimate goal is to leave people and communities better than we found them, whether that means providing support, encouragement, or a brighter outlook on life. We strive to bring out the best in others and in ourselves, and to make a lasting positive impact in the world through our actions and values.

what we stand for

The creators behind Girls Mentorship


Mary Frances

Social Emotional Learning Certified, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained, Adverse Childhood Experience Trainers, and Botvin Life Skills Trained

Mary Frances is an avid community supporter, adult cheerleader, experienced coach & leader. Part of her joy as a mentor is not just being the one who leads but also having the ability to raise others to live into their leadership potential. She has a B.S. in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University and an MBA in the school of hard knocks. She started her entrepreneurship journey as a certified Crossfit L2 coach and gym owner, where she worked with hundreds of kids, teens, and adults.


She is an H-O-T leader: Humble, Open, and Transparent, sharing about her tumultuous past dealing with family trauma, CPS, and a broken home, all of which have led to a strong desire to break the mold and assist others in doing the same.


Jill Petersen

Social Emotional Learning Certified, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained, Adverse Childhood Experience Trainers, and Botvin Life Skills Trained

Jill is a serial optimist with a bubbly personality and animated expressions. She is a wife, mother of two boys, and seeks fun in everything she does! She is an experienced coach & former leader at lululemon, where she spent nearly a decade building her passions and career. Her superpower lies within connecting & building trust quickly with others to help people find their greatness.


Jill holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communication) and (Mass Communication) from Arizona State University. She received a certificate in Mindfulness Leadership from ASU in 2018 and is Yoga Alliance 200-hour certified.


Jill Petersen

Jill and Mary

Our Certifications

Social Emotional Learning Certified, referred to in schools as SEL which is a well-designed program that provides educators and facilitators with a systematic classroom-based model promoting the development of a student’s social and emotional competence. The coursework is based on the National Health Education Standards and the CASEL Social Emotional Competencies which you can learn more about here.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trained which means we are trained to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of addiction and mental illness; things ranging from anxiety and depression to more serious illnesses that need to be referred out to doctors that can diagnose and prescribe.

Adverse Childhood Experience Trainers meaning that we are trained to better understand children's behaviors, develop appropriate care plans and interventions in order to help prevent risky youth behavior associated with what they've experienced in their lives. This also means we are trained to facilitate A.C.E trainings for other educators, health care providers and professionals. You can learn more about A.C.E.s here.

Botvin Life Skills Trained which is a 40 year, evidence based curriculum administered in schools across 40 different countries throughout the world. At its core, it is a comprehensive prevention program that focuses on targeting the social and psychological factors that initiate risky behaviors rather than simply educating kids on the dangers of things like drug and alcohol use. You can learn more about the Botvin curriculum here.

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