Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Crime & Law
Location: 1620 18th Ave Ste 100 Seattle WA 98122 USA
MISSION:Powerful Voices fosters adolescent girls'' development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world. HISTORY:Since 1995, Powerful Voices has been improving the lives of adolescent girls in Seattle through innovative evidence-based programs in public middle schools and in and out of juvenile detention. The organization was formed to address issues at their root, by instilling leadership skills, fostering the development of critical thinking, and promoting the individual potential in adolescent girls. Our mission is firmly rooted in our belief that strong girls become strong women.
Programs: Powerful Voices operates two core programs for adolescent girls in the Seattle/King County region.The STAGES (Strength Through All-Girl Education and Support) program serves girls in and at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. STAGES includes the following four components:1. Juvenile Detention Health and Wellness group and individual referral and support services.2. Weekly CHANGE (Community, History, and Action Networking Girls to Elevate) groups at local high schools.3. Case management/youth advocacy.4. Seven-week DYVAS (Develop Your Voice and Speak) summer employement program.The Girls RAP (Rights! Action! Power!) program serves girls in Seattle area middle schools. Girls RAP provides:1. Weekly after-school groups and individual mentoring.2. Powerful Choices health class and individual referral and support services.3. Three-week-long summer leadership camp.4. Monthly alumnae group.5. Community outreach activities.One of the hallmarks of our programs is that we bring together girls of diverse ages, ethnicities, incomes and experiences.
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I joined the board of Powerful Voices this year and have been continually impressed with the commitment, professionalism and discipline of the executive director, Jane Hinton. I have also had the chance to meet PV staff and girls and young women served by the organization a the recent Girlvolution event, a girl-organized and run 1 day conference on issues important to girls and women. I attended a workshop on preventing bullying and LGBTQ issues. Both were girl-run. I found the workshops thought provoking and well organized. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this organization that is helping build strong, healthy girls who will become strong, healthy women.
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