Girls Workshops offer in-school programming, providing girls with knowledge and skills to gain more control over their lives and become change catalysts in their communities. Together, we look at the media and who makes the decisions behind messaging. We examine society’s expectations of girls and dig into recognizing how those negative themes can be internalized. We work on some vocabulary for oppression and activism and then put it into action. Girls finish with planning an action project of their own.
As a result, more girls and young women in Maine will live healthy, engaged, and empowered lives. And when girls and young women are empowered, economic and employment opportunities expand for everyone; families and communities benefit; and positive relationships between people across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries flourish.
After our workshops, 76% of participants surveyed in 2018 agree they could make change in their schools or communities. Girls demonstrate an increase in media literacy, awareness of social constraints on gender norms and stereotypes, and confidence in effecting change.
Adult Workshops are customized for teachers, administrators, parents, summer camps, counselors and anyone else wanting to be an ally to girls. Too often, girls’ real feelings and experiences are dismissed. We hear “catty,” “mean girls,” “girlfighting,” and “drama.” We believe girls don’t want to be fighting, but usually don’t have an outlet for the genuine anger and disappointment in society’s standards for girls. We believe it is not the girl, but the society in which she lives that needs to change. This can only happen when adults learn to how to partner with girls, rather than fix them. At our adult workshops, we talk about ways adults can create spaces to learn from and with girls, to challenge society together, to foster critical thinking and cause a ruckus. Our objectives are for adult participants to demonstrate improved knowledge about girl-centered youth engagement and factors impacting girls from all backgrounds.
Pricing is based on location, number of girls and length of workshop. We work hard to find grant funding to be able to offer free and reduced cost programming so every girl can be reached. We can also assist with fundraising. Get in touch today to get started on designing a workshop just for your school.
Feedback from some of our participants:
“I learned that the media shows one type of girl that we should all be like, but we can be whoever we want”.
“I learned that everyone has insecurities and that no one should judge someone”.
“I learned it doesn’t matter what size, color, what you wear, and how big your boobs and butt are, it matters on your personality”.
“I learned it’s okay not to be perfect and not meet everyone’s expectations”.
“I learned about stereotyping in the media and what society perceives as a ‘perfect woman’.”
Hardy Girls works with:
Lewiston High School
Dexter Regional High School
Winthrop Grade School
Jobs For Maine’s Graduates (JMG)
Gardiner Regional Middle School
Greely Middle School
North Yarmouth Acadamy
Falmouth Middle School
Lyman Moore Middle School
King Middle School
Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School
Memorial Middle School
Scarborough Middle School
Gorham Middle School