"I believe that girls and women have a right to be themselves and that they are just as strong and capable as anyone else. Hardy Girls Healthy Women has taught me how to speak up in situations that might be uncomfortable and has set me up for greater opportunities in life." - Mackenzie
The GAB program is composed of young women from 9th to 12th grades who apply to become members. Girls work with the board of directors, executive director, and director of programs to plan events, make sure programs at Hardy Girls Healthy Women cover what girls need and want, and work on changing the world to make it more girl friendly and positive for girls to grow in. GAB provides opportunities for leadership experience, engaging in social action projects, and keeping the organization current on challenges facing girls today.
In past years, GAB has organized a Speak Out, created a 4th of July float in honor of real beauty, and met for social events like pot luck dinners and bowling. In 2006, two GAB girls took on the Kmart corporation and got offensive t-shirts making light of violence against girls removed from shelves of stores across the country. Most recently, some of the GAB girls have been involved in creating GWAVE (Girls With Active Voices Everywhere), a 'zine for and by girls. Changing attitudes and giving girls a space where they can be loud is what we're about.
Many of the members also create content for the girl website "Powered By Girl," a girl-driven activist movement that uses satire, humor, and a passion for social media to talk back to sexism and sexualization in the media. We're working together to demand more creative, more diverse, and more positive images of girls and women.
Click here to apply. Applicants must currently live in Maine. Application submissions are rolling over the course of the summer. The group is finalized in the Fall for the coming year. Applications reopen in June with interested applicants interviewed and selected during the summer.