The Title IX Champion Award winner, Mana Abdi, 18, is a senior at Lewiston High School.  Mana wanted to run cross country and track, which challenged tradition in her Somali community. By choosing respect and communication as her tools, Mana was able to challenge, and in many cases, change this point of view.  She became the first Somali female to win a cross country meet in the state of Maine, and as she blazes the trail for Somali girls to run, some are already following her around the track and on the course.

The Girls Rock Health Advocacy Award is sponsored by

Maine Camp logo

To support other Maine girls’ activism, leadership, and hardiness, give a gift to Hardy Girls.

Read about all five our Girls Rock winners here.

For more information about Girls Rock! Weekend, visit our website.