What is the G*rls Advisory Board (GAB)?
GAB members are young women and gender expansive youth from around the state in 9th-12th grades work with the Hardy G*rls Healthy Wom*n (HGHW) Board of Directors and staff to plan events, make sure programs cover what girls and gender expansive youth need and want, and work on creating a more positive and g*rl-friendly world for girls and gender expansive youth to grow in. GAB provides opportunities to gain leadership experience, engage in social action projects, and help keep the organization current on the challenges and triumphs of today’s g*rls.
We are a group of Maine high school g*rls, passionate about g*rls’, gender expansive youth, and wom*n’s empowerment regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. We create community conversations, listen to g*rls and give them (and ourselves) opportunities to find their voice, support each other, create change and embrace uniqueness.
Who makes up the G*rls Advisory Board?
In the 2020-21 school year, there are 21 Maine high school g*rls participating in GAB.
Where does the G*rls Advisory Board meet?
Meetings alternate between Waterville and Portland. During the fall and winter of the 2020-21 school year, GAB is meeting virtually on Zoom.
When can g*rls participate?
Applications open in May and members are notified of acceptance to GAB by August.
Please email our Program Coordinator with any questions!
Gender is a social construct and for centuries it’s held onto a binary (boys & girls) system. HGHW 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.