Perhaps you know and love the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Perhaps it’s even pasted to your car on a bumper sticker or lining the inside of your locker. No offense to Ghandi and all (to whom that quote is attributed), but making meaningful change is often easier said than done. Thankfully, there’s Girls for a Change. This national organization empowers young women by providing them with the resources, tools and mentorship needed to tackle an issue in their own backyards.
Around the country, Girls for a Change partners young women from diverse backgrounds (though focused on girls from low income backgrounds) with two coaches. The coaches teach the girls the problem-solving and project planning skills necessary to complete whatever social change project they’ve envisioned. These “Girl Action Teams” have taken on child abuse in Phoenix, immigration education in the Silicon Valley and violence against women in Richmond. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This thoughtfully designed and well-researched model not only benefits the communities touched by these “Girls for a Change.” Through engaging in projects, the girls themselves learn and grow (here’s the proof!). The majority of girls in the program say, “If they can make changes in their community, then we can make changes in our own lives.” Ghandi would be proud.
Want to learn how to get involved with the Girls for a Change mission? Here’s how:
Get the “Girl Action Kit.” Band together with a group of friends and implement the Girls for a Change “7 Steps of Social Change.” It’s easy to download your very own action kit, so you can tackle your passion project.
Go shopping! Buy any of these products and they’ll donate to Girls for a Change. Now that’s a good deal!
Join (or start!) a team. Check out this map of existing Girls for a Change action teams. Then simply make contact, and offer your time and commitment! If you don’t see a team in your area, you can always start your own—it’ll require time and follow-through, but the rewards will be exponential. (Click here to find out what you need to do.)
Get inspired through additional social change organizations. Girls for a Change provides a list of other inspirational organizations out there who are making a difference in the world. Browse to find a topic close to your heart (of gold), and see where else you can volunteer your time!
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