Comprised of middle school girls and adult muse facilitators, groups meet weekly in local middle school to create a coalition of girl allies and to reduce girlfighting. Groups discuss media literacy and how to proactively change the culture through social action projects, such as creating their own ‘zine or drafting a sexual harassment policy for their school. They spend the first semester discussing what it means to be an ally and ways to support all girls and each other. The second semester is about putting their thoughts into action. The Girls Coalition Groups are based on the curriculum ‘From Adversaries to Allies: A Curriculum for Change‘, authored by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D and Mary Madden, PhD.
From the girls:
“I’ve become more confident about who I am and what I want to become.”
“I have participated in more activities than I normally would have because of participating in this program.”
“I’ve become more aware of the world around me which has cause me to think more.”
“Girls’ group has made me more confident about speaking up, and made me think more about why a girl might act the way she does.”
Curious about groups and want to know more about what happens each week? Follow along with our muse blog!
Action projects include poster campaigns, rewriting song lyrics, petitions and more. Here’s one example of a group from Waterville Junior High who wrote, acted in, edited and directed a movie showing harassment at their school and their response to it.
2016-2017 Schools include:
Waterville Junior High
Lawrence Junior High
Vassalboro Community School
Skowhegan Middle School
China Middle School
Halldale Middle School
Do you live in central Maine and we’re not at your school? We’d love to connect with the school counselor to bring Girls’ Coalitions Groups to your school community. You can email Christine Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 207-861-8131.
If you live outside central Maine and want to talk about what Hardy Girls can do at your school, check out our girls’ workshops!
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.