FAB members are self-identified girls and nonbinary youth from around the state in 9th-12th grades. They work with the Hardy Girls staff and Board of Directors to plan events, make sure programs cover what girls and gender expansive youth need and want, and work on creating a more positive world for girls and gender expansive youth to grow in. The FAB Program provides opportunities for leadership experience, engagement in social action projects, and ongoing education to keep the organization current on challenges facing girls and gender expansive youth today. There is no cost to participate in FAB!
We are a group of Maine high school girls and nonbinary youth, passionate about gender equity and social justice. We are inclusive of all races, classes, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and abilities. We create community conversations, listen to girls and give them (and ourselves) opportunities to find their voice, support each other, create change, and embrace uniqueness.
We meet on the first Sunday of each month. We gather in a hybrid model, alternating between in-person and virtual meetings. In-person meetings happen in Augusta and Portland, and we organize carpools for every meeting. Outside of the meetings, FABbers spend about 5 hours a month on all things Hardy Girls, with the time commitment increasing around conferences in March and April.
Gender is a social construct and for centuries it’s held onto a binary (boys & girls) system. Hardy Girls does not believe in the binary, but knows the deep history of systemic sexism and transphobia has uniquely harmed self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks. This is who we work with. As consistently learning intersectional feminists, we welcome and celebrate folks across all identities, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, economic statuses and sexual orientations.