FTGI

Who We Are

We exist to facilitate spiritual growth, personal development and leadership in women and girls. We long to see every woman and girl awakened to her purpose: to run the race that God has set before her. We know that when women are awakened to their purpose the world becomes a better place. We know that when purposeful, passionate women come together they bring solutions to the problems facing our communities and the world.

We are inspired by this quote by the 17th century poet Matthew Arnold:

If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never know.

 

That time is NOW!

 

We are BETTER TOGETHER!

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Our Mission

Awakening Purpose, Igniting Passion, Mobilizing Women

FTGI strives to accomplish our mission in the following ways:

Better Together Network or BTN

Better Together Network luncheons are an opportunity for you to build relationships with other business owners, entrepreneurs and working women in the Tampa Bay area. Each month we offer tools to help you grow both personally and professionally. Come network with “the Girls!”

SHINE for Teen Girls

A nine- week program designed to help the next generation of women be prepared for life with a healthy foundation.  We are equipping and empowering girls to live to their full potential understanding their value, strength and purpose.

FTGI’s Girls Night Out or GNO

Women gather for one evening of food, fun, inspiration and a chance to connect with each other.

Annual Conference

A gathering of women and women’s groups for a time of connection and refreshment.  Full day of inspirational teaching including breakout sessions for middle school and high school girls as well as college age and adult women.

Our Story

Somewhere around 2004, two friends, Tracey Metzger and Cynda Harris, realized their friendship had a greater purpose.

 

Their eyes were opened to the great potential for women to be an instrument of change in the world.

 

At the same time, they recognized the need for women to connect in a safe and supportive environment to be able to work through the challenges life threw their way, enabling women to be all they were created to be.

 

They were inspired by the verse in Hebrews 12:1 which states:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 

 

The idea was planted. Tracey and Cynda dreamt of creating a community of women where they could share their challenges, be equipped to overcome them, awaken to the purpose given to each one of them by God, and run their race with perseverance and grace.

 

Over endless cups of tea and long conversations, their shared dream took root and blossomed.

 

Their vision grew, expanding to encompass an army of strong, beautiful and brave women who were passionate about using their God-given gifts and talents to make the world a better place.

 

They longed to see women free of the chains that hold them down, released to fulfill their destiny.

 

They saw a sisterhood of women supporting each other and reaching back to the next generation of women, preparing them for their journey and cheering them on. And they saw joy…lots of laughter and joy.

In June of 2008, a circle of supportive friends stepped out in faith, chipped in for the fees to file the paperwork, and together, they officially launched the faith based, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization called For the Girls International, Inc. 

 

Over the past 10 years we have seen thousands of women come through our events and we realize now how FTGI was and continues to be a part of a global awakening of God’s daughters.

 

He has dreams for each and every one of us.  They come at the strangest of times and sometimes look different from what we could have ever imagined but living out our life with purpose is where true joy is found.

 

We all have our own individual race to run but His purpose for us is something we all have in common. Though it may manifest in different ways and through different platforms or avenues, our purpose always involves allowing the love of God to shine through us, onto those He places in our path.

 

The world can be a dark and sometimes lonely place but when we gather together and determine to shine the unfailing love of Jesus to everyone we encounter, it becomes so much brighter.

 

We are a community–a sisterhood who, at the core of who we are, believe WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

 

A long time ago, the poet Matthew Arnold said:

“If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together, purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.”

 

That time is NOW!

 

We hope you’ll join us.

 

For the girls!

TRACEY METZGER

Co-founder
tracey@ftgi.org

CYNDA HARRIS

Co-founder and Director of Life Coaching
cynda@ftgi.org