Girls Rock! Awards Winners!

Did you miss our Girls Rock! Awards this year? You can still meet our amazing winners and hear their stories.

Health Promoter Caroline Coxe Falmouth, Age 18  Caroline brought to the lime-light a subject matter many adults are embarrassed to talk about: menstruation.  Inspired by the video, “Homeless Period”, Caroline considered the challenges homeless women in her community face in having access to feminine hygiene products and was moved to do something to make those challenges a little easier.  Caroline is an artist and she decided to use art to bring her community together to help with this cause.  She curated an art show on female empowerment, to both raise awareness and money regarding the issues homeless women face around menstruation.  She also created promotional materials for the art show.  Attendees were encouraged to either donate cash or hygiene products and/or purchase a print of one of the pieces.  Most importantly, Caroline sparked a community conversation about a topic society, and especially women, are often ashamed to talk about publicly.

Thank you to our Health Promoter Award Sponsor:

Maine General

 

Community Organizer Abbey Gifford, Farmingdale, Age 11  After being told she was too young to participate in most volunteer positions, Abbey worked hard to start a story time at Bailey Public Library  for 4-7 year olds.  In addition to reading stories, Abbey brings a craft and provides snacks that relate in some way to the theme of the stories.  Abbey works hard to earn her own money to pay for crafts and snacks for the children, as well as using from gifts from family and friends to cover these expenses.  Abbey funds author visits through a grant she received from the Maine Community Foundation.  Abbey also plans to purchase books for children in need within her community and donate them.  Abbey chose to do a story time in order to get younger children interested in reading, so that one day they will enjoy reading as much as she does.  
Against the Odds Advocate, Alissah Paquette, Waterville, Age 15  Alissah is undaunted by her own physical and verbal challenges since being diagnosed as a baby with conditions that affect her bone development and verbal language use. Instead, she looks outside of herself to help others.  She sees the many needs of those around her and works to address these issues, through raising money for hospitalized children and local families in need, volunteering with students with developmental disabilities at her school, and working as a lifeguard at her community pool.  She is an inspiration and has far exceeded what she should have been able to do based upon her own personal challenges. She has refused to be limited by what has traditionally been known as a physical or developmental disability and she has been busy redefining “able” and making positive changes for herself and for girls in Maine along the way.  

Title IX Champion, Hilary Merrifield, West Rockport, Age 17  Hilary stepped into the world of high school wrestling willingly as a seventh grader and has competed against boys for the past six years.  While many people consider wrestling to be a boys sport, Hilary has worked hard to prove that she is strong enough not just to compete, but to excel.  She has never once complained about the rigors of the sport, nor has she ever sought treatment different from her teammates.  Moreover, she has given back to the sport by volunteering to work with the middle-school team where she mentors a young girl and serves as an excellent role model for her.  She is varsity captain, has recorded 100 career wins and has competed both regionally and nationally.  Hilary is an excellent role model and advocate for all young women who strive to compete and who refuse to allow their gender to hinder their accomplishments.  

Entrepreneur Kaitlynn Hutchins, Westbrook, Age 19  After her dad passed away unexpectedly in 2012, Kaitlynn has embraced his passion for photography and made it her own. Since then, her work has been featured in galleries, and last year she won a photography contest that sent her to Russia for two weeks. She has built her business by taking senior pictures, family pictures, and h Westbrook High School’s events as their official photographer.  Her recent wedding photography has allowed her business to truly take off. By creating a business out of her talent, Kaitlynn has been able to pave her own path in life and not depend on anyone for assistance.

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STEM-gineer Olivia Boudreau,  Waterville, Age 12  While studying renewable energy, Olivia was inspired by the book A Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to fundraise for William Kamkwamba’s windmill projects, and help make a difference in poor African villages. Her team raised over $1,000 toward these projects. Olivia knows that there are improvements to be made locally as well.  She was part of a group of students who presented a proposal to the school board to research the feasibility of solar panels for her middle school. If there is an environmental puzzle to solve, you can rest assured that Olivia is working on it. As she learns, she acts.  She is a great example of how girls can make a difference in the sciences.  Thank you to our STEM-gineer Award sponsor:

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Accepting Applications for the Girls Advisory Board

The Girls Advisory Board (GAB) is a program for girls in Maine who will be in 9th-12th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.  The board helps Hardy Girls make important decisions about direction and programming, runs workshops and gives presentations at the annual Girls Rock! Conferences, and is a safe and supportive environment for members to discuss topics relevant to them.  GAB is a great opportunity for girls to practice their leadership, engage in social action projects, and keep the organization current on challenges facing girls today.  Check out the current members of the Girls Advisory Board.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Girls Advisory Board.  This program is FREE to participate in. To apply, click here.  Meetings are about once a month on Sundays from September through June. This year, we are trying something different! Our hope is to have TWO regional GABs – one for based out of Lewiston and Portland AND one based out of Waterville and Bangor. So, girls from statewide are encouraged to apply. Carpooling help is available for members to get from one or the other location. Applications will be accepted through June and interviews will be held in July.

Inclusivity Statement: Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs. 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.

Please email Sarah Lentz, Program Coordinator, at sarah.lentz@hghw.org with any questions!

Register for the Girls Rock! Conference

Registration for the Girls Rock! Conferences is officially open.  Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

The Girls Rock! Conference is an event planned BY girls FOR girls.  The high school girls on the Girls Advisory Board choose topics for the conference that are relevant to them AND YOU!  Get ready for a fun filled day of learning, sharing, growing and some girl-powered activism! #girlsrock17

Girls Rock! Waterville will be in at Colby College (Pugh Center) in Waterville, on Thursday, April 6th from 9am-1pm (registration opens at 8:30) The conference is open to girls* in grades 4-8 and their chaperones.  Registration is $20 per person before March 31st with full and partial scholarships available. Lunch and a t-shirt are included with your registration. Register online or print and return your paper registration by mail.

Girls Rock! Southern Maine is at Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, on Friday, April 7th from 9am-1pm (registration opens at 8:30) The conference is open to girls* in grades 4-8 and their chaperones.  Registration is $20 per person before March 31st with full and partial scholarships available. Lunch and a t-shirt are included with your registration. Register online or print and return your paper registration by mail. THIS CONFERENCE IS FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY. SOUTHERN MAINE SCHOOLS ARE WELCOME AT THE WATERVILLE CONFERENCE. 

*Inclusivity Statement: Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs. 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.

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Empowering Organization Award

Hardy Girls Healthy Women was honored at the Maine Youth Action Network ImpACT Awards in October.  We received the Empowering Organization Award which is given to an organization, school or business in Maine that exemplifies the systematic engagement of youth within the ages 12-18 in decision-making and planning.  It was wonderful to be recognized by such an incredible group for our work with the Girls Advisory Board.  We love the knowledge, energy and ideas that GAB consistently brings to the table.

New Mission and Vision

The Hardy Girls Healthy Women board and staff took some time in October to think about our future. There is a lot for Hardy Girls to be proud of and a lot more we want to accomplish. With this in mind, we rewrote our vision and mission, wanting to highlight the activism that is unique to our approach to working with girls.

Mission: Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls. With the vision of girls causing a ruckus. 

We were inspired specifically by former Girls Advisory Board member, Emma’s particular articulation of what is so great about Hardy Girls Healthy Women. Check it out!

Lyn Mikel Brown Fellowship

Lyn Mikel Brown Fellowship

 At our Board/Staff planning session in October, we expressed immense gratitude for a few departing board members: Lyn Mikel Brown, Tobi Scheider, Mary Lou Michael and Pam Cobb. To honor co-founder Lyn Mikel Brown‘s stepping off the board, we created the Lyn Mikel Brown Fellowship in partnership with Colby College. Lyn’s decades-long dedication, research and commitment to girls’ healthy development is the foundation of Hardy Girls. The fellowship was created with Colby, where Lyn has taught in the Education Department for many years, to carry on her legacy by engaging Colby students in the crucial work of standing with girls. Our first Lyn Mikel Brown Fellows started in October and already they are giving so much! Lyn will continue to be involved with Hardy Girls.

Freaky 5k was a Spooky Success!

We had a wonderful day at Colby College on Sunday, November 1st with 160 participants in the seventh annual Freaky 5k Race. The Freaky 5k is a reminder that Halloween should be about imaginative and creative costumes, not the frighteningly sexualized ones peddled to even the youngest girls. The costumes that we saw at the race were wildly creative and a great reminder of how imaginative people can be.  Check out some of our press coverage! and more press coverage!

The costume contest winners are: Trash and recycling cans for most creative, Chuckie for scariest, and the Furies for group winner.

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The race results are also in!  Congrats to our winners. (Check your snail mail for your prize!)  Full race results can be found here.

Female Overall Winner: DANIELLE SMITH, 19, NH, 21:51

Male Overall Winner: THOMAS O’SHEA, 20 WATERVILLE, ME, 17:21

Female Age Group 0-17 Winner: ALEXIS PORTER, 13, WINSLOW, ME, 23:10

Male Age Group 0-17 Winner: NICK DALL, 15, WATERVILLE, ME, 17:33

Female Age Group 18-29 Winner: ERIKA SMITH, 19, 21:52

Male Age Group 18-29 Winner: JOSIAH JOHNSON, 19, WATERVILLE, ME, 18:39

Female Age Group 30-39 Winner: KENDRA EMERY, 36, FARMINGTON, ME, 22:58

Male Age Group 30-39 Winner: NICK CATRIGLIA, 36, FARMINTON, ME, 19:16

Female Age Group 40-49 Winner: SARAH SCHULTZ-NIELSE, 41, 33:26

Male Age Group 40-49 Winner: ARNE KOCH, 44, WATERVILLE, ME, 27:14

Female Age Group 50-59 Winner: KIESHA L, 52, 24:23

Male Age Group 50-59 Winner: ROBERT ROSEN, 58, WARREN, UT, 21:47

Female Age Group 60-69 Winner: JOYCE BOURNIVAL, 63, EMBDEN, ME, 34:11

Male Age Group 60-69 Winner: PAUL MILLS, 63, FARMINGTON, ME, 25:36

 

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Lakeside Veterinary Clinic

Northeast Laboratories

Cribstone Capital Management

Uhl-Melanson Investors 

Perry, Fitts, Boulette & Fitton

Joseph’s Market

Kennebec Savings Bank

Sappi Paper

Skowhegan Savings

GHM Agency

Chiropractic Family Health Center

The 107

Dead River Company

Kennebec Eye Care

Bring Scary Back!

Help Hardy Girls bring scary back to Halloween! Join us on Sunday, November 1st for the 7th Annual Freaky 5k Fun Run and Walk. The Freaky 5k is a reminder that Halloween should be about imaginative and creative costumes, not the frighteningly sexualized ones peddled to even the youngest girls. We’re encouraging everyone to be creative, fun and adventurous on the spookiest holiday of the year! Families, sports teams, and community members are all invited to join us. Create a fundraising page for your group. Watch out for roaming zombies as you run through town in your wildest, scariest, and funniest costumes. All proceeds support Hardy Girls’ efforts to create a world where girls have no limits. PRIZES for scariest, most creative, and best team costumes. Ready to get your scary on? Register here (Online registration closes on Friday, October 30th at 8pm. If you would like to run, there is plenty of room! Arrive at the Colby Fieldhouse between 9 and 9:45 to register!) Can’t make it? You can still support HGHW and other runners!

 

Freaky 5K 2015 is sponsored by:

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Lakeside Veterinary Clinic

Northeast Laboratories

Cribstone Capital Management

Uhl-Melanson Investors 

Perry, Fitts, Boulette & Fitton

Joseph’s Market

Kennebec Savings Bank

Sappi Paper

Skowhegan Savings

GHM Agency

Chiropractic Family Health Center

The 107

Dead River Company

Kennebec Eye Care

Calling all Adventure Girls!

Have you ever met a woman with an awesome job and wondered, “How can I do that?” Adventures Girls can introduce you! It’s a fun, no-pressure way to try something new, explore some new subjects and meet some cool women. At Adventure Girls you could meet: a Reptile Breeder, an Architect, a Physicist, a City Counselor, a Doctor, a Business Owner, a Lumberjill or a Dentist!  Our first adventure is on September 22nd.  Learn more on our Adventure Girls page!

Upcoming Training! Hardiness Workshop with HGHW Senior Researcher, Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown

At HGHW we believe it is not the girl, but the society in which she lives that needs to change, and we think social change is most likely to happen when adults learn how to effectively partner with girls. This daylong workshop is all about learning how to create the conditions that enable such partnerships. We begin with an introduction to hardiness and muse theory, both of which focus our attention on the kinds of relationships that support girls’ healthy development. We consider issues like girlfighting or “mean girl” behavior through a hardiness lens and offer solutions that engage girls in critical thinking, coalition-building, and activism. Finally, we examine intergenerational girl-led activist projects as a way to better understand how to support girls’ social change efforts.

Participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Support and inspire girls to voice their thoughts and feelings
  • Cultivate “hardiness zones” – safe spaces where girls learn what it means to work in coalition and become allies
  • Develop girls’ critical thinking and healthy resistance to damaging stereotypes
  • Engage girls in their schools and communities to create positive change

Join us for a day-long workshop on June 24th, 2015 in beautiful Freeport, ME. Registration is $150 and includes training by Hardy Girls Senior Researcher and Co-Founder Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown, morning coffee, and lunch!

Interested? Register here: https://hghw.z2systems.com/np/clients/hghw/event.jsp?event=32&