Aurora

Hello, my name is Aurora Guecia! I am 15 and live in Yarmouth, ME. I attend Baxter Academy in Portland, ME. I am excited to be a member of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women because of my passion for social justice, especially feminism! I think I have a lot to share, but also a lot to learn from others!

Sooki

Sooki is a sophomore at Baxter Academy. She has a passion for feminism, ice cream and STEM. She loves math and science even if it can be a male dominated field, and she is hoping to change that. In her free time, you can find her working with kids, or volunteering at Planned Parenthood. Sooki is looking forward to her first year in GAB to help encourage young girls to go into stem, destigmatizing mental health and educating girls on sexual health.

Terra

Terra is a junior at Greely High School. She enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the fiddle in a folk music band with three other talented young women. She also plays the trumpet in the school band, is a member of the student government, and a student representative on the school board. Terra is very excited for her first year on the Girls Advisory Board. She hopes to continue fighting for equality and show young women that they are capable of anything!

Molly

Molly is a junior at South Portland and it is her first year on the Girls Advisory Board. She enjoys running, babysitting, science, volunteering, participating in her school musical, and helping others. Molly believes this is an amazing program in which she can empower girls around her community and cannot wait to see where this opportunity takes her.

Amna

Hi, my name is Amna, and I’m currently a sophomore at Waterville High School. I love playing tennis, doing track, tutoring as volunteer work, traveling with my family, and staying involved in my school and community. I’m very fortunate and excited to be part of the GAB organization! I’m looking forward to learning and helping to promote feminism and equality by breaking stereotypes and limits.

Emma

Hi, my name is Emma! I’m 16 years old and I currently go to Waterville Senior High School where I will be a sophomore this year! This will be my first year in GAB and I’m super excited to be part of the board! It’s always been a big dream of mine to become a GAB girl. My interests include reading, performing in theater productions at my school, writing, the arts (such as sketching, singing etc.) I’m also a big music gal! You can almost always see me with a pair of headphones at school. At first I can be quite shy, but once I get more comfortable with people I tend to open up! 

Support HGHW at our annual Girls Rock! Awards!

Join Us for the 10th Annual Girls Rock! Awards

to benefit Hardy Girls Healthy Women

 

You’re invited to The Girls Rock! Awards, our annual fundraiser, to honor girls from around Maine.  Enjoy appetizers while you hear some amazing stories of girls from around our state who break stereotypes, challenge society and rock! Your attendance and donations make our year-round programming, serving over a 1,000 girls, possible. Stand with us to take girls seriously.

Friday, April 7th from 6:00-7:30
Camp Ketcha, Scarborough
Reserve your spot!

beth shisslerSpeaking at this year’s event is honoree Beth Shissler, the President/COO of Sea Bags headquartered in Portland, Maine. After working for large, international corporations she took a risk in 2006 and decided to run a young startup company in her home state. In 2011, Shissler was named a woman to watch by MaineBiz. In 2015, Sea Bags was named Maine Retailer of the Year. Beth has guided Sea Bags into impressive growth while supporting a diverse population. The company now employs more than 80 people across 11 retail stores—and says she’s still having fun.

 

YTP_juliaphotoAgainst the Odds winner Julia Hanson, 17, Falmouth, founded The Yellow Tulip Project after losing her two best friends to suicide last year and dealing with her own depression. The Yellow Tulip Project is aimed at smashing the stigma around mental illness and helping others feel less alone or ashamed. She’s energized school groups and community organizations this fall to plant Hope Gardens and has received support all across the state and beyond. She is passionate about changing the conversation about an issue that affects 1 in 5 teens.

MadelinaCommunity Organizer, Madelina Rocha, 11, Portland, was new to the country when she was a kindergarden student.  Now, as a fifth grader, she returns to the kindergarden class daily to work with some of her school’s most vulnerable students; those who are new to the country and new to the school community.  With her gentle approach and command of multiple languages, Madelina makes these young students feel welcomed and successful. Madeline shows incredible empathy and caring and skill, as she teaches and inspires confidence in these students.  Additionally, she is an active member of her school’s civil rights team and works with the group to make the culture of the school one of acceptance and inclusion.  Madelina is busy organizing an accepting school culture for her and her classmates to learn and grow. 

Tyra1Entrepreneur, Tyra Michaud, 19, Frenchville, completed a 7 year apprenticeship (over 600 hours) prior to opening her own dog grooming business.  She then took on her own clients working out of her mentor’s business.  This past spring, Tyra bought her own building and is now running her business and growing her clientele successfully, additionally challenging because of the rural nature of her home town.  Tyra has already begun taking courses at University of Maine, Fort Kent and plans on pursuing her degree in business. 

Grace McIntoshHealth Advocate, Grace McIntosh, 16, Wilton, has an eye for the needs of her peers.  First she noticed that some of her classmates were hungry and did a drive to stock the food pantry closet. She took it a step further and set up a system so that students in need could receive food from the pantry discreetly.  When it became colder, she again noticed that classmates could use warm clothing. She set up a district-wide email system for teachers to request coats for students.  Grace would deliver them to the teachers who would be able to get the clothing to the student in need while maintaining their dignity and privacy.

HallieGRA2017STEM-gineer, Hallie MacDougal, 16, Lincolnville, has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was 7 and has been researching colleges on her own since the age of 8. Over the years she has participated in many programs and has completed an array of research around her favorite topic of Marine Biology.  In 10th grade, she put on a dry suit in January and waded chest-deep in the ocean to collect plankton specimens over the course of week and examine them under a microscope; she presented her findings at school in a PechaKucha series. This past fall, Hallie learned about RARGOM and decided to apply to have a research poster on display at the conference. She was accepted and was the only high school student there; she was asked a number of times where she taught.  For her 11th grade project, she is researching plankton and their ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.  Hallie is a bright and passionate student and an example for her peers that girls can excel in science.
 

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.46.41 AMTitle IX Champion, Johorey Abdirahaman, 17, Lewiston, is a devout Somali-Muslim and one of the most decorated student-athletes (cross country and track and field) at Lewiston High School; often times, these two identities combination seem to come into contrast with one another, yet Johorey has managed to weave both these identities into her own newfound sense of self. Johorey is extremely passionate about female participation in athletics, especially for Somali and Muslim females, encouraging her friends and peers to join her. In addition, she has defied the stereotypes that Muslim girls cannot participate in athletics; she competes in hijab and modest clothing, and is often faster than those who are not dressed modestly. Johorey is also a champion for women’s rights, racial equality, and has come to deem herself as a proud and staunch feminist. 

 

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Nominate a girl who rocks!

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is committed to amplifying the voices of brave and amazing girls in Maine. We are looking for girls ages 9-19 whose bold voices and daring acts have made a substantial impact on their communities.  Nominations are open and the event is part of Girls Rock! in Spring of 2018.

The categories are:
Title IX Champion: This girl is an advocate for girls’ equal access to sports, including athletic facilities, coaching, education or equipment.

Health Promoter: This girl supports and/or works on wellness policies or programs that promote healthy lifestyles and choices, such as mental, emotional and/or physical health.

Against the Odds Advocate: This girl refuses to be limited by what has traditionally been known as a physical mental health or developmental challenge. She is busy redefining “able” and making positive changes for girls in Maine along the way.

Community Organizer: This girl sees the importance of a united community and is making it happen by bringing together her school, peers, and/or community. She is not afraid to start changing the soil, especially for other girls!

Entrepreneur: This girl turned her passion into a paycheck by building up her own business and her bank account.

 STEM-gineer: This girl succeeds in science, technology, engineering or math.  She rejects the idea these subjects are not for girls and has created a counter narrative with her accomplishments.  She could be an inventor, a competition winner, or a pioneer in her field.

All selected Girls Rock! Award recipients must be available to accept their award at the Girls Rock! Award celebration in Portland on Friday, March 2nd.

Inclusivity Statement
Interested participants who self-identify as female may be nominated for this award. This includes participants who were not assigned to the female sex at birth, but live and identify as female now. It also includes participants who are legally assigned to the female sex, but who identify as transgender or gender fluid.

Meet the new Girls Advisory Board!

We have a group of extraordinary girls in this years’ Girls Advisory Board.  There is a novelist, a black belt, a canoe racer, a yoga teacher… you get the idea. These are girls who are all working hard to make society a healthier place for girls to grow.  They are avid fighters for equality and tenacious about pursuing their passions.  People of all ages can find inspiration by what these girls are doing right now.  Click through their bios to learn more about these ruckus causers and get amped up for what they will present at the Girls Rock! Conferences in April!

We had a blast at Camp!

June marked the end of the second year that Hardy Girls Healthy Women has partnered with Waynflete to host a week of Adventure Girls Camp in Portland.  This year the girls met a group of phenomenal females that helped them realize all of the amazing things that girls and women can do.  They spent time with a comedian, an engineer, an entrepreneur, a sportscaster and some scientists.  When the girls answered the question “What can girls do?” at the end of camp, they replied, “Everything!” “Anything!” “Be cops, or doctors” and “Play basketball.”  Thanks to Waynflete for being such a great partner and to the adventure women, Jen Fitz, Kelly MacFarland, Cindy Daigle, Leigh Kellis, Jessica Gagne and Erin Boggs for showing these girls they can be what they want.  Did you miss camp this year? Check back in January to reserve your spot!20160627_094906