About Girls Actively Participating


Jessica Yeomans has lived and worked in Teton county for 16 years as an integrative nutrition coach, counselor, teacher, restorative justice coordinator, wife and mom. She firmly believes in the importance of having a strong community of women. Jess loves working with girls so they may grow into their best courageous, confident, curious, crazy, shy, unique, artistic, giving, talented, and wonderful selves.

Join Our Team

GAP! is hiring a Teton Valley Program Director! We are starting GAP! in Teton Valley and looking for a Program Director to lead GAP! meetings once a week after school at Teton Middle School. Applicants should have skills working with youth, fun energy, well-rounded knowledge of the Teton Valley community, and a big passion for girl advocacy. Click Here for More Information.

Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Jess @ gapgirljh@gmail.com

Current Board Members:

Carolyn Ripps (Board Chair)

Stacey Grohne (Vice Chair)

Pam Sather (Treasurer)

Hailey Morton Levinson (former GAP! girl)

Jennifer Bradof

Katie Colbert Brady

Cindy Bartz

Erin Rosenburg

Carrie Kirkpatrick (Raising Girls Program Director)

History of GAP!

In the fall of 1997, middle school teacher Amy Manhart and Julie D’Amours decided start an active club for girls. They were tired of watching traditional gender roles unfold before their eyes. Why do girls shy away from technical skills, afraid of making mistakes in front of a group?

The club grew from eight girls in the eighth grade the first year to twenty the next and has continued to expand its mission and programming to all girls in the Jackson Hole Middle School. They did not want another girl to be defined by society instead of being defined by her own character.

In June 2004 GAP! established its 501© 3 status with nine women sitting on its board making decisions for the betterment of the program.

In 2007, the program celebrated a decade of services in the valley reaching over 400 girls since its inception and changing lives.

2017 will mark twenty years of GAP!‘s important promotion of confident, competent, community minded women. The development of these three characteristics found in today’s most successful women, are what guide our meetings and propel our focus.

History of Raising Girls

Raising Girls was conceived and developed by Jackson Hole-based mother of two Carrie Kirkpatrick in 2010. Wanting to learn from experts and share with other parents, Carrie convened an initial event with a panel of three local counselors and a very engaged audience. Seeing strong interest in the general topic, she committed to continuing the discussion in a public forum.

Raising Girls and The Equipoise Fund coalesced in late 2010 when Carrie and Equipoise President Mickey Babcock recognized not only the complementary nature of their two endeavors, but also the potential synergy and capacity-building of collaboration.

Past Raising Girls Events: (See Resources for event notes)

In 2015, Raising Girls became a program of Girls Actively Participating!