Mission: Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a research-based non-profit empowering girls with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a platform to drive social change. HGHW takes girls seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls. Our vision is girls causing a ruckus.
Results: 2016 annual numbers:
- partnered with 1,184 girls
- totaling 8,189 hours
- with 63 community partner organizations
around the state of Maine and beyond.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,184 girls, 63 community partners
Programs: training institute:supporting parents and other adults working with girls by providing workshops, webinars, curricula and guidebooks.
girls rock! weekend - a statewide celebration dedicated to celebrating girls' leadership and accomplishments.
adventure girls - introducing elementary school-aged girls to women in non-traditional careers
girls advisory board - leadership development program for high school aged girls
girls' coalition groups - empowering adolescent girls to work together to overcome common challenges such as girlfighting, unhealthy relationships and body image
HGHW is a remarkable, young, innovative and unique organization working with girls to encourage them to strengthen their ability to know, be grounded in , be comfortable themselves and therefore to explore what they can know and do for themselves and with their communities. Rather than "empower" girls, HGHW focuses on how to support girls to empower themselves, providing programming in everything from developing critical thinking through fun activities, to conferences for girls to learn and hear from one another, to a curriculum to develop literacy for being a critical thinking girl in a society that gives very mixed messages. I am proud to be part of HGHW, its ability to grow smart and to partner effectively, to develop and use resources strategically, to have fantastic leadership, and to have become a model organization for working with girls in the country.