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Information on Hardy Girls’ 2015 Summer Institute will be posted soon. Save June 24-26, 2015 on your calendars!

Registration will open April 1, 2015 for this summer.

In the meantime, you can read about last year’s three packed days.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s 2014 Summer Institute
Navigating Girl World: Connecting the Dots…Changing the Culture
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine


Girls aren’t the problem. They’re the solution.

This is at the heart of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s revolutionary Summer Institute. Join girls’ development expert Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD and other experts from Hardy Girls Healthy Women this summer  to learn how to work with girls to create a better world.

Set in beautiful Freeport Maine, this three-day intensive training will feature the latest theories about girls’ health and development and offer proven methods for supporting girls’ voices and scaffolding girls’ activism.

Participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to:

Support and inspire girls to voice their thoughts and feelings
Cultivate “hardiness zones” – safe spaces where girls learn what it means to work in coalition and become allies
Teach media literacy skills to girls
Support and scaffold girls’ activism
Engage girls in their schools and communities to create change

Who Should Attend?

Educators, school nurses, and school administrators
Staff in girl-serving organizations
Health professionals
Community health planners
Counselors and social workers
Summer camp operators
Members of faith communities
Parents or family members of girls

About Our Trainers

Our trainers include widely acclaimed researcher, author, activist and girls’ development expert, Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown and Hardy Girls’ own Lindy Graham, LCSW, Director of Southern Maine Programs.  Additionally, high school-age members of our Girls Advisory Board will train alongside Dr. Brown and Ms. Graham.

Here’s What Last Year’s Summer Institute Attendees Had To Say:

“This training has reshaped my thinking about feminism and girls ‘activism. It has also forced me to reflect on my own journey as I continue to create hardy zones for myself!”

“I learned how much energy and capacity girls have for doing their own thinking and work – with me supporting them instead of attempting to do the work for them.”

“It’s ok to let girls go for it and ‘fail beautifully.’ It is better to learn and grow then never try at all. I don’t need to protect them from failing.”



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