Hardy Girls Healthy Women is celebrating Maine girls for our Girls Rock! Weekend, April 4-5. The weekend includes the 6th Annual Girls Rock! Awards, a ceremony that recognizes the accomplishments of five exceptional Maine girls. Here are the five fantastic girls we will honor this year:

Against the Odds Award: Ciarra Boucher, 15, Orrington
Ciara showed that cheerleaders can have Down Syndrome and united her team as an unlikely leader.

Community Organizing Award: Nicole Maines, 16, Portland
Nicole advocates in the courtroom and in the classroom for equal treatment of transgender students in Maine.

Entrepreneurship Award: Sahro Hassan, 18, Lewiston
Sahro started her own fashion business dedicated to creating designs for Muslim women that are both fashionable and modest.

Health Advocacy Award: Rachel Friedman, 17, Portland
Rachel started her own non-profit organization, Perform for a Cure, to promote cancer awareness and activism.

Title IX Champion Award: Mana Abdi, 18, Lewiston
Mana respectfully challenged traditions in her community, showing that girls can be involved with athletics. She is a role model for other Somali girls through her participation in Cross Country and Track.

A sixth award, the Co-Creator Award, will be given to Betsy Parsons, who for the past sixteen years, Betsy Parsons has spearheaded support for students starting Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances (GSTAs, school clubs to reduce anti-LGBT hate language and harassment) in nearly half of Maine’s high schools, representing every county but one. The Co-Creator Award is given to a woman who is furthering Hardy Girls’ vision of equality, independence and safety for all girls and women.

Congratulations to all our winners!

“Whether it’s leading by example or organizing the school to campaign for social justice, we want to honor girls who are making Maine a better place for other girls to live,” said Christine Bright, Director of Central Maine Programs for Hardy Girls Healthy Women. “We are in awe of the powerful changes these girls are making, not only because it will spark other girls to take the lead, but because their actions also break stereotypes about what girls are capable of doing and what they care about.”

To learn more about the Girls Rock! Awards and Girls Rock! Weekend, check out our website.

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