Girls Are Powerful is a Multiplying Good One in a Million Award recipient. They are among the millions of people who are putting others first and using service as a solution to the problems we're facing. Read their story below then nominate someone who's making a difference during this unprecedented time!
One in a Million Award recipient: Girls Are Powerful
Where they are multiplying good: St. Paul, MN
How they are multiplying good: Girls Are Powerful is a diverse organization that aims to transform the way girls and young women embrace their unique individuality. Our vision is to build a generation of empowered girls and a more gender equitable world that recognizes all women as powerful, equal contributors to society. Our one-of-a-kind programming teaches young girls ages 7 to 18, to recognize their natural strengths, embrace their diversity, and break down barriers created by gender and racial stereotypes.
Girls Are Powerful is going into its seventh year as an organization. During this time, we’ve reached nearly 3,500 remarkable young women across the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area and surrounding cities. We serve girls from all races, all economic backgrounds, and openly embrace those with diverse identities and lived experiences. Our programs create a truly distinct and open environment where girls from all walks of life can co-exist, learn, grow and support each other as we address complex issues such as gender, racial and cultural inequities and how it plays a part on our self-esteem. We believe that with the right tools, a girl can do absolutely anything, which is why Girls Are Powerful helps young minds find the tools they need to navigate the ever-changing world we live in.
Girls Are Powerful has also proven it's drive and resilience during COVID-19. During the initial stages of COVID-19, Girls Are Powerful felt that the entire community needed to hear Girls Are Powerful’s message to be strong, determined, confident, intelligent, beautiful, and powerful during this difficult time. Girls Are Powerful wanted to ensure people were focused not only on their physical health, but that they prioritized self-care, wellness, and mental health. To do this, Girls Are Powerful spearheaded a new partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health to help distribute important COVID-19 related health messaging to the community, with a focus on communities of color.
During this time, Girls Are Powerful has also reimagined how they might best reach girls with their programming given current social distancing requirements. This summer, Girls Are Powerful is holding its first-ever Summer of Power Program, an at-home summer initiative to remind girls and young women of the power they possess through unique activities based on skill-building and social-emotional learning. They've had 120 girls and young women across six states sign up, further demonstrating the desire for young girls to learn to embrace their power and engage with the work of Girls Are Powerful.
For all of these reasons, we believe Girls Are Powerful belongs to be amongst the million organizations that are multiplying good for girls and young women in Minnesota.