Started in 1998 in Waterville, conferences are open to girls in grades 4 – 8. The Girls Rock! Conferences are planned by girls for girls. The high schoolers on our Girls Advisory Board choose topics for the conference that are relevant to girls around the state. They facilitate the workshops, emcee the event, and share their voices with the group. They model leadership and inspire the younger participants to join them. It’s a fun filled day of learning, sharing, growing and some girl-powered activism!
Every year in the spring, Hardy Girls has hosted two conferences: one in Waterville and one in Portland. This year we added one in Bangor!
Adults who accompany girls to the conferences are welcome to join professional development sessions while the girls are in workshops. Past topics have included Self-Care, “Moving Beyond ‘Mean Girls’”, and Cultivating Hardiness Zones.
Girls Rock! Conferences are open to girls (self-identified, trans girls, and gender expansive youth included) in 4th-8th grade and their chaperones. Registration is $20 per person with full and partial scholarships available. Conferences run from 9am to 1pm (with registration opening at 8:30am). Lunch is included with registration. T-shirt is included with each youth registration.