Girls Rock! Awards

This annual event honors amazing girls from around Maine who are leaders in community organizing, entrepreneurship, health advocacy, STEM, athletics, and challenging adversity.

Get involved in this incredible night! How? Lots of ways:

  • Sponsor the event! If your company is interested in sponsoring this event and reaching communities across the state, you can download the benefits package and reach out to Kelli for more information. If you are prepared to sign up, click here.
  • Sign up for the Host Committee! Are you a huge Hardy Girls fan who wants to make sure more people find out about this amazing event? By joining our host committee, you’re committing to spreading the word. You can sign up to donate $250 which gets you two tickets AND sponsors two girls to attend as well. For more information, reach out to Kelli. Or, if you’re ready to go, sign up here.
  • Attend! Get your tickets here. If you can’t attend in person, click to sponsor a girl to attend! 

Save the date: March 22, 2019 in Portland

You can check out photos from last year’s event here and here. One mother of an award winner wrote:

It was wonderful to be in a room filled with strong, intelligent, and empowered girls. For [my daughter], she was most excited about feeling so supported by caring people. [My husband] and I both felt a sense of relief and hope that  the next generation will be bold and relentless. Equally important, we were thrilled that both [our daughter] and our boys got to hear from and be with girls willing to work for change, equality and ultimately a better society. Needless to say, our whole family left the event feeling excited and impressed. [Our daughter] is already looking forward to participating in your programs once she is in the 4th grade!

Our 2019 keynote, is:

Hebh Jamal 

Hebh is a muslim, Palestinian-American activist and current college student at City University of New York. In 2017, while Jamal was still in high school, the 17-year-old established herself as a leader in the fight against bigotry by organizing a New York City high school walkout. She’s also a leader of Integrate New York City, a student-run organization focusing on school segregation, and works as a youth policy fellow at New York Appleseed, a nonprofit fighting for equal access and resources in New York City schools. You can follow her on Twitter.


Her words will be followed by speeches from our 2019 award winners (to be listed very soon!

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!


TITLE IX CHAMPION – This girl is an advocate for girls’ equal access to sports, including athletic facilities, coaching, education or equipment.


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.


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.


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.


ENTREPRENEUR – This girl turned her passion into a paycheck by building up her own business and her bank account.


Does reading about these incredible girls make you think of a 9-19 year old Maine girl you know? Nominate her for the 2020 awards!