Abigail attends Colby College where she is studying Math, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Computer Science. She has been involved with Hardy Girls Healthy Women as a muse and program leader and is excited to work with the organization more as a board member! In her free time, Abigail enjoys hiking (especially in Alaska, where she grew up), reading, and expanding her croc collection.
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Girls Rock! Conferences are 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! They are the speakers and the workshop facilitators. In fact, they design the workshops! It’s a fun filled day of learning, sharing, growing and some girl-powered activism!
The conference is open to girls* in 4th-8th grade and their chaperones. Registration is $20 per person with full and partial scholarships available. Lunch and a t-shirt are included with your registration. Conferences run from 9am – 1pm with check-in starting at 8:30am.
Girls Rock! Southern Maine (PORTLAND) is planned for March 30, 2018 at Maine Girls Academy. You can register online here or download this paper form to send in.
Girls Rock! Eastern Maine (BANGOR) is planned for April 6, 2018 at UMaine Orono. You can register online here or download this paper form to send in.
Girls Rock! Central Maine (WATERVILLE) is planned for April 27, 2018 at Colby College. You can register online here or download this paper form to send in.
Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to attend 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.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR FOR $40/PER PERSON
Join Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Moxie Maine Magazine, The Maine Girls’ Academy, and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman for a night of celebrating six Maine girls for their personal, academic, athletic, humanitarian and straight-up awesome achievements at our annual Girls Rock! Awards. This catered ceremony is one of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s biggest fundraisers for its annual programming that cultivates positive girl culture and supportive communities through workshops and action projects.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Maine Girls Academy in Portland
The ceremony’s keynote speaker, Amanda Gorman, was named the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in April 2017. She was also the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama, The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, Hot 97, and gave numerous readings across the United States. To read more about Amanda, you can visit her website.
5:30-6:20: Social hour (passed appetizers and cash bar)
7:30-8: Dessert and coffee, opportunity to meet our keynote and award winners!
Meet our award winners:
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!
BRENDA VIOLA – Portland – Grade 12, Age 17 – Brenda came to Maine from a Kenyan refugee camp five years ago. Now a senior at Deering High School, she does public speaking events about the environment through Environmental Changemakers, tutors elementary school children through Teen Trendsetters, is part of the Maine Medical Explorers program and sings in a choir of immigrant youth. As well as volunteers on Maine People’s Alliance civic engagement and Know Your Rights project in Portland, coordinated to share legal rights information to immigrant communities of Portland. She’s also a member of the Sisterhood Club at DHS, ran on the track team, and worked on a social media campaign for Portland Public Schools. She led her own project interviewing homeless people in Portland. She is part of Make It Happen! at her high school. Brenda was named one of the ten Mainers We Are Most Thankful For in 2017 by the Portland Press Herald.
TITLE IX CHAMPION – This girl is an advocate for girls’ equal access to sports, including athletic facilities, coaching, education or equipment.
KAHLER MARSH – Scarborough – Grade 3, Age 9 – Kahler Marsh, in the spirit of Title IX, uses sports to help break down barriers for girls. This past spring, Kahler was the only girl in Scarborough to play for a Little League baseball team as well as the only girl to play on the boys’ youth lacrosse team. Likewise, this fall, Kahler was the only girl to play flag football in our town. When people ask why she wants to play traditional boys sports, Kahler simply asks why not. Kahler has gained the respect of teammates and shown people that girls can indeed compete with boys. By having the courage to challenge the status quo, Kahler is letting other girls, as well as boys, parents and coaches, know that a female athlete should have every right to play any sport. Simply by being a young girl determined to play, Kahler is inspiring other girls to follow their dreams regardless of the antiquated expectations for females.
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.
EMMA FOSTER – Orrington – Grade 12, Age 17 – At two days old, Emma was diagnosed as deaf. Since she was young she’s advocated for successfully mandating the insurance companies in Maine provide hearing tests to newborns. She has conducted a “Diversity” class for future social workers, principals and students majoring in special needs at the University of Maine. Emma has participated for several years in an American Sign Language course at UMO to work with students to learn to work with deaf children. In July 2016, she was nominated to the Board of Commissioners for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Late Deafened/Blind at the State House. She is the State of Maine’s “Student Ambassador” and represents all the deaf/HOH children in the State of Maine. In August 2016, she was appointed to the Maine Educational Center for the deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (Baxter School for the Deaf) School Board and recently has been part of a subcommittee for Legislature issues at the state level representing the school board.
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.
RILEY MAYES – Portland, Age 17 – Riley has a particular skill and interest in unifying all genders toward a school and community climate of safety and healthy sexuality by preventing gender based violence among young people. At Waynflete, Riley became a member of the RAPS (Raising Awareness & Providing Support) program: a group that focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the students. She has developed and delivered the Safer Sexuality Program to Freshman students as part of her leadership role within the program. Riley spent a summer abroad studying sexuality in Amsterdam. Shortly after her summer experience, Riley began volunteering for Maine Boys to Men. She spent the last two summers meeting with Boys to Men staff to review and write their 12 Hour High School curriculum specifically in the areas of healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, online harassment, sexting and technology respect. Additionally, Riley assisted Maine Boys to Men create the RSVP Rally program, is a member of the Youth Advisory Council, served on panels and facilitated events at other schools. She participated in a Train the Trainer Model and then was responsible as the Lead facilitator of a three hour training to 40 students. She seeks authentically to partner men and women, boys and girls in dialogue that opens hearts and changes actions.
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.
MARINA MOHAWASS – Bangor – Age 16 – Marina is originally from Egypt. Her father sent her to the United States with the hopes of safety and a chance to pursue her education. And she has! Marina has excelled in a highly competitive and elite level academic program at Bangor High School. The STEM program at BHS has a highly successful student research program that has resulted in multiple and successive prize winners in the nation’s most prestigious science competitions. She is the leader of BHS’s State of Maine Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) program, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program that seeks to engage underrepresented students in STEM related education and potentially careers. She is currently working on a research project designed to remove heavy metal pollutants, E. coli, and phosphorus from contaminated water supplies. Her novel approach uses mycorrhizal fungi to remediate the water. Last year she designed an “ecological diaper” using cellulose nanofibers to eliminate plastic from the waste stream. She commonly is seen at school as late as 9 pm working on her various research projects. Marina has a passion and drive that is rarely seen at any level.
ENTREPRENEUR – This girl turned her passion into a paycheck by building up her own business and her bank account.
JAELIN ROBERTS – Bangor – Grade 10, Age 15 – At age 12, Jaelin began baking macarons for her friends. In October 2016, her mom had a chance meeting with the owner of Coffee Hound Coffee Bar, a small coffee shop in Bangor. The owners of Coffee Hound tried one of Jaelin’s macarons and offered to sell them at their coffee shop. From that simple exchange grew Simply Macarons by Jaelin. Now Jaelin is cooking for customers online, by phone and on Saturday mornings at a local Bangor European Farmer’s Market. Ten percent of Jaelin’s profit goes to the nonprofit “Love Without Boundaries” to help orphaned and impoverished children.
Space is limited for this amazing event, so please register today! Tickets are $40.
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Thank you to our 2018 Girls Rock! sponsors:
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Carly Traub is an attorney with the law firm of Bendett & McHugh, P.C. Carly graduated from Brown University in 2009 where she majored in Human Biology and rowed for four years on the Women’s Crew Team. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania teaching high school math and physics and running girls empowerment conferences with fellow volunteers. Carly then attended the University of Maine School of Law where, as a student attorney with the Human Rights and Refugee Clinic, she represented individuals seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief. After graduating in 2015, she continued to practice immigration law before serving as a judicial law clerk for the District Courts in York County. Carly currently serves on the board of the Kennebunk Beach Triathlon Club and is passionate about using sport to improve girls’ and women’s self-esteem, to challenge gender stereotypes and to develop leadership skills. She lives with her fiancé and dog in South Portland. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crafting, swimming, biking, and running.
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Jennifer Yoder is a mother two Girls Advisory Board (GAB) members, and a proud feminist son and teaches European Politics at Colby College. Jen also enjoys reading and learning new things.
Anna is a junior at Winslow High School. She enjoys spending time hiking, kayaking, and family time at the lake. She is an active member in the performing arts including being the historian of the International Thespian Society at Winslow High School, a percussionist in the school band, a member of student government, and recently sat on the committee for the proposal of the new performing arts center. Anna is looking forward to her first year in GAB in hopes to promoting a positive image of feminism and activism to other young girls in her community.