March 14, 2020
It is with regret and disappointment that we have cancelled the Girls Rock! Awards, scheduled to take place on March 27th, due to the health risks posed by COVID-19. As you are aware, health concerns hit much closer to home this week. The consequences of cancelling weigh heavily on us. However, the consequences of not cancelling felt much more dire. It is a decision we did not take lightly.
We plan to recognize each honoree (read about them here) with an award and make a video recording of their acceptance speeches. Our goal is to make these available online for the public as soon as possible.
Please take care of yourself. Wash hands often. And thank you for standing with girls.
Background on the Awards
What are the Girls Rock! Awards?
Entirely hosted by our Girls Advisory Board, our Girls Rock! Awards recognizes 9- to 19-year-old girls making impacts in various issues, such as: Health Promoter, Against the Odds Advocate, Title IX Champion, Community Organizer, STEM-gineer, and more! In addition to honoring these change-makers, we host an inspirational keynote speaker and invite community members from around the state to come listen, support, connect, and inspire one another.
Why do we hold the Girls Rock! Awards?
The event is inspiring and one of the best ways to share our work with the larger community. It both drives the funding for our programs and acts as a catalyst to keep us focused on our mission to amplify and celebrate girls.
Who attends the Girls Rock! Awards?
Statewide Nominees, 150+ Community Members
Where are the Girls Rock! Awards hosted?
Location varies. Please check out events page for event-specific details.
When do the Girls Rock! Awards happen?
How you can help.
To make this event as accessible as possible, we rely on donors and sponsors to supplement ticket costs. Please reach out for more information if you would like to learn more.
We also have a host committee. The Host Committee for the Girls Rock! Awards plays an important role in the success of the event. Most importantly, they act as ambassadors for HGHW by spreading the word about HGHW and encouraging their friends and family to attend GR!A. In addition, their financial contributions enable us to offer free tickets to girls who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to attend GR!A, and of course their donations are critical to achieving our fundraising goal for the event.
Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls* seriously through year-round, statewide programs that put the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls.
* self-identifying girls and gender expansive folks
One mother of an award winner wrote:
It was wonderful to be in a room filled with strong, intelligent, and empowered girls. For [my daughter], she was most excited about feeling so supported by caring people. [My husband] and I both felt a sense of relief and hope that the next generation will be bold and relentless. Equally important, we were thrilled that both [our daughter] and our boys got to hear from and be with girls willing to work for change, equality and ultimately a better society. Needless to say, our whole family left the event feeling excited and impressed. [Our daughter] is already looking forward to participating in your programs once she is in the 4th grade!
Does reading about these incredible girls make you think of a 9- to 19-year-old Maine girl you know? Though nominations for the 2020 awards closed on December 31st, we always love hearing about girls who are causing a ruckus in Maine! Let us know about them here.
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