Girls Climb On


Girls Climb On is an after-school program made for youth in 6th-10th grade. Youth spend 9 weekly sessions in a local climbing gym (either Great Western Power Co, Missions Cliffs, or Bridges Rock Gym) and go on 1 outdoor climbing field trip. Each youth is paired with an adult mentor for the duration of the program and supported individually to set goals and learn at their own level. Other group activities augment climbing in order to deepen students' learning in regards to health, teamwork, and access to the sport of climbing. No prior experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. We ask that students and mentors miss no more than 1 session and all are required to attend the orientation - see dates and times below.

Admissions is now closed for Spring 2019

We'll begin accepting fall gco applications on Aug 1st

Dates and Locations TBD.

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.