Girls and gender expansive youth in
6th - 10th grade


Learn how to rock climb and build leadership skills! Girls Climb On is an after-school program that pairs you with an adult female mentor. You will climb, laugh and learn together once a week at a climbing gym in either Oakland or San Francisco.

Each week we focus on developing technical climbing skills, everything from tying a figure-8 follow-thru knot to belaying to techniques like smearing and edging. If you don’t know what these terms are, don’t worry… you’ll learn!

We also focus on issues that connect rock climbing with a strength you may already have or would like to improve on, like building relationships with friends, trust, leadership, self-expression, working as a group, communication, or resolving conflicts.

We begin with a team-building day at the climbing gym. Later in the program, we’ll go on a weekend outing to a local state park, where you will have a chance to show off your new skills on real rock!


fall Orientation Information 

Girls Climb On for San Francisco & Oakland & Richmond!

When: Sunday, Sept 23rd

Who: Mentors and students

Time: 10 am - 12:00pm for students

10 am - 2:00pm for mentors

Where: GirlVentures' Office

The Women's Building

3543 18th St 4th Floor

Applications for Fall 2018 are closed!

Check back in December for 2019 Spring dates.


Sunday, September 23rd is Mandatory Orientation for all Girl Climb On (GCO) programs.

San Francisco  
Mission Cliffs
Fridays 4:30 - 7:00pm
Sept 28 - Nov 30

(excluding Nov 23)

Monday, Oct 8 Outdoor Climb Day 

Great Western Power Company
Fridays 4:30 - 7:00pm
Sept 28  - Nov 30

(excluding Nov 23)

Sunday, Oct 7 Outdoor Climb Day 

Bridges Rock Gym*
Wednesdays : 4:30 - 7:00pm
Oct 3 - Dec 5

(excluding Nov 21)

* All session are all bouldering, with one
top-rope day *

Participant COST

To ensure that all girls have the opportunity to participate in our programs, we offer sliding scale tuition. Once a participant is accepted for a specific course, they and their family will self-select their household income range, tuition amount, and preferred payment plan. We do not require proof of income. We ask that families pay an amount within the recommended sliding scale for their income bracket, at minimum. Selected tuition may be paid in up to four monthly installments. As a non-profit, GirlVentures subsidizes the tuition of all participants.

Income*        Sliding Scale
up to 25,000           $50-150
25,000-50,000        $150-250
50,000-75,000        $250-350
76,000-100,000       $350-450
100,000-125,000    $450-550
125,000-150,000    $550-650
150,000-175,000    $650-750
175,000-200,000    $750-850
200,000+                $850

Please review our Payment Policy before applying

*Numbers are based on 2016 HUD levels for San Francisco for a 4 person household.
Participants will receive an email which includes a link to our payment page upon acceptance. 


We are grateful for the generous support of our partner, Touchstone Climbing Gyms who makes Girls Climb On possible.