Save the Date: April 6-7, 2017
Girls Rock! Conferences take place annually in Waterville and in Southern Maine and they are entirely planned and executed by the high schoolers on the Girls Advisory Board. Participants in 4th-8th grade listen to presentations, participate in workshops, and start to create change by doing action spots. Girls leave the day saying things like:
“Before today I didn’t know that we can do the same as men/boys” ~8th Grader, Massabesic Middle School
The Girls Rock! Awards event is committed to amplifying the voices of brave and amazing girls throughout our state. Girls ages 9-19 are nominated in the categories of: Title IX Champion, Health Promoter, Against the Odds Advocate, Community Organizer, Entrepreneur, and STEM-gineer. Did you miss last year’s event? We honored Caroline, Abbey, Kaitlyn, Alissah, Hilary and Olivia. You can hear them tell their stories here and learn more about the event here.
History of Girls Rock! Weekend
Events in the past have included a film screening, open-mic poetry mashup, live music concert and our annual Girls Rock! Conference.
In 1998, Hardy Girls Healthy Women hosted the first annual Girls Rock! Conference – an opportunity for girls of all ages to come together to meet one another, be inspired, learn media literacy skills, and think critically about messages they get about body image and relationships. Participants also had opportunities to create their own media.
In its second year, Girls Rock! brought even more girls from the greater Waterville area together and experienced coalition, violence prevention, critical thinking skills, and how to create the world they want for all girls.
In 2008, Hardy Girls added the Girls Rock! Awards. This event recognizes girls from around the state who are doing brave and daring things to better our communities.
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelli McCannell.
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.