Last month we profiled some of the “30 Sites That Empower Young Women,” listed by FashionPlaytes (yes, Girls’ Respect Groups was on the list!). Here’s the next installment of mini-profiles of organizations dedicated to empowering, teaching, boosting, protecting, and motivating young women. Thanks to FashionPlaytes for shining a light on the wonderful work done by people who move mountains, one girl at a time.
If you missed the first set of profiles, go back and check out those great organizations in our “Girls Helping Girls (Part 1)” post on Mar 26, 2014.
CanTeen is a math & science partnership with the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Canteen is for girls 11 – 17, with additional resources for parents and educators. Encouraging girls’ love of science with cool (and sometimes girly) projects like make your own lip gloss or lava lamp, behind the lip gloss is a serious mentoring system, supporting girls to pursue excellence in science and math.
Girls Learn International supports efforts to provide girls worldwide with access to education. Founded in 2003, GLI pairs middle and high school chapters (currently 129 chapters in 29 US states) with partner schools in countries where girls have less access to educational resources. Current international partner schools are located in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Vietnam. With peer support from GLI, young women are encouraged to stay in school.
Girls Can’t What? founder Gretchen Cawthon, a web designer and artist, created this site to encourage girls to build the life of their dreams. Inspired by her own experiences and her determination to overcome being told “Girls can’t do …” or “You can’t do …,” Gretchen designed the Girls Can’t What? website, launching her own career as a website and product designer. Logo clothing and products are sold from this website, from which Gretchen donates 20% of the profits to initiatives that help girls start businesses, expand their educations, and improve their futures.
Powered By Girl is a blogger network and activist group encouraging girls and young women to refute negative media stereotypes of girls and women. Creative and humorous, Powered By Girl might draw updated thought bubbles or add clothes to under-dressed models in ads, using humor to call attention to a serious message. Our old-fashioned ways of thinking and speaking need to be re-examined and changed! A “by girls, for girls” media activism campaign.
An online, virtual museum, Girl Museum promotes girls’ education, confidence, and self-esteem. Girls can visit and explore projects with the help of articles and downloadable activity guides. Recent posts & resources include: profiles of women the English Civil War during the 1640s, programs for girls in science today, a lesson plan on human trafficking around the world, or suggestions for activities in support of Girl Up, the UN Foundation program reaching out to isolated teen girls around the globe. Girl Museum celebrates girls and their key roles for the future.
GirlStart is a site for girls who love STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with fun projects girls can do right at home or in after school programs, summer camps, and Saturday workshops. Resources for adults include the free GirlStart curriculum, newsletter, and other materials that support STEM teaching skills. GirlStart encourages creativity and confidence, connecting and inspiring science girls of all ages – over 16,000 of them in 2013!