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About Us

Walking for Healing and Liberation

Far more than a walking group, GirlTREK is a life-saving sisterhood. We are a campaign to heal intergenerational trauma, fight systemic racism and transform Black lives. As women organize walking teams, they also mobilize community members to support advocacy efforts and lead a Civil Rights-inspired health movement. GirlTREK’s membership is currently at over one million and growing every day.

It started with two friends, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison in 2010. On November 18, 2020, GirlTREK inspired Shameka Cornelius, its one millionth member, to walk for better health. Today GirlTREK has 1,371,776 members, representing 7% of the total population of African American women.

In addition to unprecedented growth, GirlTREK is influencing millions and shaping a new culture of health. In 2020 alone, GirlTREK stories and campaigns like the #DaughtersOf Conversation Series and Black History Bootcamp: A Walking Podcast earned 271 million impressions, 9 million online engagements and 300+ traditional media stories across 68 countries.

The Impact

GirlTREK has become one of the most effective public health interventions in the country. In our most recent member survey (2019):

  • 61% of Black women lost weight
  • 90% experienced fewer symptoms of depression
  • 28% were prescribed less medication that year than previous years
  • 59% walk daily at life-saving levels (According to the CDC, 5 days per week for 30 minutes)
  • 56% have sustained a habit of daily walking for more than one year

This impact was achieved in just 10 years. As GirlTREK looks to the next 10 years, we seek to sustain and scale behavior change and we will boldly venture into advocating for, and institutionalizing systems change.

Our Story


It started with two friends in Los Angeles, CA

Morgan and Vanessa met as college friends. They bonded over 2Pac, Nikki Giovanni and their inability to say no to smothered pork chops. GirlTREK was never an "aha moment" but a shared belief in radical acts of self-care.


The GirlTREK Movement is Born!

We challenged our friends and families to walk with us - we walk to heal our bodies, inspire our daughters and reclaim the streets of our neighborhoods.


A Deeper Call to Action

Morgan shares her personal testimony:

"Something happened when I started to walk. The pace of the world slowed down. I started to heal. I became more aware of my body, more aware of the world around me. When I walked I felt transported."


April 2012

Volunteers Catch the Fire! Women Around the Country Organize Walks.

A Community of Supporters Rally For the Cause

GirlTREK officially became a nonprofit organization and received its first major support from Teach for America.


15,000 Gather on the National Mall #WeAreHarriet

GirlTREK organizes the largest moving tribute to the baddest freedom fighter the world has ever seen. Why? Because if Harriet could walk to freedom, we can walk for better health.

June 2013

The Media Starts Paying Attention. It Started with a Great Story by a Journalist from NationSwell.

Reclaiming Our Streets

Wherever there’s injustice you can find GirlTREK on the frontlines. We walk to heal our bodies, inspire our daughters and reclaim the streets of our neighborhood.

August 2013

GirlTREK Named Top 1% of Social Innovators in the World by Echoing Green joining a global community of changemakers in delivering bold, innovative solutions to the world.

May 2013

GirlTREK Establishes National Volunteer Corps. Grassroots Organizers Train in Upstate NY. Like 60's Freedom Riders, volunteers took the bus to the training listening to Mavis Staples.


February 2014

Started from the bottom! Now our mamas finally understand that we have REAL jobs. GirlTREK is honored as health heroes by Essence Magazine.

Selfies at The White House!

Imagine their surprise when Morgan and Vanessa got an email from the First Lady inviting them to The White House! From Michelle Obama to the 18th US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin who serves on the GirlTREK board, GirlTREK is representing at the highest levels.

December 2014

Grassroots movement attracts national sponsors! Watch Morgan and Vanessa make their national debut in an REI Christmas commercial.


March 2015

GirlTREK buses 500 Organizers to Selma for the 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bridge March.

March 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama officially joins the #GirlTREK revolution.


April 2016

GirlTREK in The New York Times.
"Years ago we said, this health crisis needs to be on the front page of every major newspaper in America."

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November 2016

GirlTREK becomes the largest health nonprofit for Black women and girls.


November 2020

GirlTREK hits milestone of inspiring 1 million Black women to walk towards their healthiest, most fulfilled life.