Get A G.R.I.P Inc. | Girls Reaching Their Ideal Potential
Cultivating Sisterhood...One girl at a time


Mentoring. Empowerment.

Leadership. Transformation.


About Us

The Get a GRIP (Girls Reaching their Ideal Potential)  Workshop is a mentoring and leadership development program targeting teenagers in the New Castle County, Delaware area. It was birthed from the books, Get a GRIP and Girl, Get a GRIP, written by author, educator, and program director, Vonetta C. Pierce. There is a small fee to join. Get a GRIP is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers who have a diverse background and are committed to pouring into the lives of young people.

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
— Oprah Winfrey

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  Mission Statement

The mission of Get a GRIP Teen Mentoring is to enrich and empower the lives of teens by providing leadership development through social, educational and character building activities to young people in New Castle County. Register Now To Join

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Meet The Staff


Founder| ExeCUTIVE director

Vonetta C. Pierce, M.Ed.

Veteran educator, Vonetta C. Pierce, has a passion for empowering youth. This passion led to her books, Girl, Get a G.R.I.P. (Guide to Reaching your Ideal Potential) and Get a G.R.I.P. These power-packed books have been used as resource manuals in high schools and youth mentoring programs across the nation. Her first non-fiction project, Lady, Get a L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith-filled Excellence), is filled with heartfelt honesty and encouragement from the scriptures;in it, Vonetta guides women into making the right choices that will positively impact their lives. Vonetta is also the author of the urban novelShameless (QBoro Books, 2005). She has been a featured speaker at schools, teen expos, mentoring workshops, and has been interviewed by various media outlets, including Vonetta is the founder of the Get a GRIP Teen Workshop Series. With abackground in student activities and event planning, Vonetta is also a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.

B.A., Spanish, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.Ed., Foreign Language Education, Temple University
M.Ed., School Counseling, Wilmington University
Occupation: Educator, author, speaker



ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | Adminstrative Assistant

Pam Wise-Bowen

A Message From Ms.Pam:

"I learned that each girl is beautiful, talented, unique, and [they are] angels sent by God. I want the girls to take away that they cannot be happy with what they are doing until they are happy with themselves. Life will always bring them hard times, but it's how they move forward that's important."

M.Ed., School Counseling, Wilmington University                                                                                                                   Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Guidance for NCCVT School District




Community service Chairperson

Dr. Christine Shaub

A Message From Dr. Christine :

"I have learned that youngsters can change for the better if they have someone with patience and time to sow into them. I would like the girls to take away the "I can do it" attitude for whatever they face in life."

A.S., Paralegal Studies

B.S.,Criminal Justice

M.S. Administration of Justice

Doctorate/ Public Safety-Criminal Justice


-Legal Instructor at Howard High School of Technology

-Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University




Charlece Byrd

Cynthia Bryant

Kelli Everett, Education Consultant

Sharon Jones

Cynthia Pierce-Pyles

Anya Lindsey-Jenkins




Community Supporters

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