Our Coalition Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers (Muses) who meet weekly with elementary and middle school girls and nonbinary youth to create a coalition of youth allies. The groups discuss media literacy, gender stereotypes and how to proactively change the culture around them through social action projects. Coalition Group participants are self-identifying girls and nonbinary youth from schools in the greater Waterville area. Groups generally meet in their schools during lunch, recess, or occasionally before instruction begins for the day.
Self-identifying girls and nonbinary youth need a safe space where they can: relax, be uniquely themselves, and speak their thoughts and feelings; experience supportive connections with other youth and with adult Muses; discuss and share common views and goals; feel less alone; discuss and validate a range of feelings, desires, anxieties, and concerns; think critically about stereotypes, unfairness, and hurt; and experience the power of coalition by crossing clique or peer group lines.*
* Adapted from Stronger Together Curriculum by Jackie Dupont and Lyn Mikel Brown
If you attend Colby College and are interested in being trained as a Muse, please reach out or come visit us at the activity fair at the start of each school year.
If you are on school staff or are a teacher interested in bringing a coalition group to your school, please email our Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.