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GlobalGirl Media

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: Global Girl Media (GGM) nurtures the voice and self-expression of teenage girls in under-served and marginalized communities by training them to become citizen journalists, harnessing the power of new digital media to inspire self-esteem, community activism and social change. By linking young women internationally with seasoned reporters, educators and filmmakers and pairing US communities with international cities to create a peer-to-peer international network of girls, GGM empowers girls to make media that matters, improves media literacy, and encourages the promotion of healthier media messages about girls and women.

Results: Here’s what some of the GlobalGirl Reporters had to say about their experience: “GlobalGirl changed my life, it made me feel like I was important.” “Holding the camera was like holding the future in my hands…” “We’ve not only become sisters, but advocates for our community…” “I learned how to use my cell phone for change, not just to text about personal girl things…it gave me a sense of the power of media and myself” We have seen the power of media and its exponential effect from our work in South Africa, Morocco and L.A. For each student, we can say that they impact their community in incremental ways: 1) Immediate: each girl becomes a role model in her household and community, reaching 10-100 additional people at home and in school, by her mere presence with a camera, her engaging in current affairs, questioning her surroundings. 2) Indirect: The impact the training has on each girl’s life and how she carries her newfound voice into her studies and work influences her educational and emotional future, as well as those of her siblings, friends, and followers. 3) Globally: The reports the girls produce have the potential to reach millions via internet and cellphone distribution.

Programs: Morocco, South Africa, Los Angeles, Chicago

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

GlobalGirl Media is a wonderful and imperative organization empowering young women around the world to share the stories that are important to them, and to confidently, positively and proudly "raise their voices" to be heard -- by their communities and the world.

THIS is how global change happens. Equality of perspectives. Putting the power, knowledge and ability into the hands of everyone... starting with every girl.

Advisor

Rating: 4

If you are a professional female journalist, you wish this organization taught you skills when you were young! GGM is putting truly professional video cameras and editing applications in the hands of under-served girls, globally, via 10 international bureaus to help them tell not only their stories, but to report on the global stories that affect us all: the changing climate, and political administrations. Call on your network of professional female photojournalists who have large megaphones, tell them about GGM's training, ask them to do a video conference with the girls, ask them to donate, ask them about Grants and Trusts that believe in GGM's mission, and invite other women journalists to do the same. Before you know it that girl beside you will be the journalist that kept truth alive. - Sincerely, Amy Tierney, Global Girl Media Advisory Board Member

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is always that moment that I come back to in the old medina of Rabat shooting a video for World Press Photo, and out of nowhere, I had the feeling that I could do anything as long as I put in the time, energy, focus and don't give up.
Not giving up and putting in the work is what I learned during my time with GGM, it got me a long way from that young girl who was completely hopeless because of her broken family.
GGM played an important part in developing the grit I needed to get a scholarship for a master's degree in China, finding a good-paying job back in Morocco, and changing careers in a completely different country.
Right now, I work as a freelance web developer in France. I never studied software engineering at school, but one thing you learn at GGM is being an autodidact.
This is what GGM does: help us live to our full potential as young women, whatever our original circumstances are.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Young women of color represent the future of leadership in our country and GGM has been laser focused on elevating their voices and talents for the last ten years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Girl Media is deeply committed to empowering girls in their journeys by teaching them that their voice matters, through media training. They methodology is impressive, in 3 or 4 weeks the girls produce high quality content with a subject matter of their choice.

Alex B.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

GlobalGirl Media inspires and empowers young women to find their voice and send it out into the world! Through GGM, girls all over the world are building storytelling skills, critical thought, empathy, and community, catapulting them into the careers and the lives of their dreams... This is a beautiful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the NYC board because of the amazing work GGM does for young minority women. And I taught one of the sessions for the summer training program. The girls were excited and engaged and eager to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It`s one of the best NGOs to seriously deal with women`s rights and make their voices heard around the world.

KosovaLive

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great organization working around the world to help get girls' voices heard :)

Advisor

Rating: 5

We recently established Global Girl Media in Kosovo, jointly with KosovaLive Organization. Within the first month of our work we have been awarded a Comenius Edu award from Berlin, Germany for education. We have 20 girls in Kosovo, of Albanian, Turkish, Roma and Ashkali ethnicities, who love the program. They write stories, blogs, and produce videos on pressing issues in their communities in Kosovo continually. :)

Ouiam F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Girl Media!! It's a life experience, I learned a lot from it and I wish the training days didn't finish yet! ,Yes! I am right now a GlobalGirl Media which means a lot to me as it gives me the chance to learn more about some technical work that I ignored before, and especially to make my voice heard!... In brief, I do practice journalism with GGM!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was missing the tools to make change happen, before Global Girl Media came to Morocco. And if it wasn't for that newspaper I read that morning of August, I wouldn't be telling you about my journey as a global girl. I thought I had missed my chance to become a journalist but Global Girl Media proved I was wrong. As a Global Girl Media trainee, I learned how to write articles, how to be professional in front of and behind the camera, how to edit my own videos: all that from my own perspective, to treat a topic from different angles expressing my point of view. I learned that my voice is important and also how to make it heard!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Girl is a great organization. Thanks to Amie && the rest of the team, i have learned many things that were not told. :) working with cameras are also great, we learned how to used then and how to interview people. i have learned alot and i am realy proud of being in this organization that is spreading all over the world :) this organization makes videos were we tell stories that are seen but never told or that are told but are being ignored and we are spreading the word to those who have not heard about it. thats why i ENJOY being in GGM because Global Girl ROCKS :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Girl is fantastic. They do a lot to empower girls in the community and provide opportunities for girls who are otherwise underserved and under-represented.

GlobalGirlLA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GlobalGirl is an incredible organization. The work they do to encourage strong, healthy media messages about girls and women is great!

Aldijana I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern with GlobalGirl Media , the best organization I've been working at , with the best mission , and incredible founder ! The idea is so powerful and inspiring , and show you real power of the "voice" ! It doesn't have to be story that you say and you get yourself in a trouble (and become famous ) or the top news story! Every individual can have own story that we can learn from, change one life or a whole world ! I love being involved , and I will always be !

Alexandra3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlobalGirl Media is a wonderful organization that works to effect change in the lives of women and girls around the world every day! GlobalGirl not only trains girls in broadcast journalism, but they help give girls and women a voice in the media to discuss the issues that are relevant to them. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking to be proactive and get involved with a great cause!

Diana Torres-Luevanos

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Diana Torres- Luevanos and Global Girl Media Really opened my eyes to what was going on in socety while I was a Los Angeles Global Girl. Because of Global girl I learned to Value myself as not only a girl, but also as a Latina. I met a lot of interesting people and ifi had the opportunity to do it again i would.This was a wonderful experience and Im glad that its gone world wide so other girls can experience this life changing project. GGM 2010

Rocio O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best experience of my life so far! Global Girl Media not only prepares you to be one of the top journalist in the rising world but it opened so many new doors for me. I received opportunities that I never thought would happen to me. I am a graduate of the first class from inner city Los Angeles. I always knew I wanted to work towards global female empowerment and Global Girl Media definitely provided me with all the skills needed to express my voice. I got the opportunity to interview key women leaders in this world like Ambassador at Large for Women's issues, Melanne Verveer in Washington, DC alongside Tebogo Tsotetsi, also a Global Girl Media Reporter from South Africa. It opened new doors like being a Teen Advisor for the United Nations Foundation Girl Up campaign and taking part in Running Start's Young Women's Political Leadership Program where I have recently been awarded the 2012 Woman to Watch alongside with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. If you want to invest in a girl and make female empowerment a reality, GLOBAL GIRL MEDIA is the way to do so! Thank you Global Girl Media for providing me with the necessary skills and mentoring I needed to thrive as a young woman. I can now use my voice for great causes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was a great experience. I learned a lot about the press and media.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Global Girl Media at their pilot program in Soweto, South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. GGM builds sustainable programs by merging their own ideals and values with local leaders and customs in the US and abroad. It was a gift to get to work with such persistent, hard-working and inspirational young women and to be a resource for them as they paved their own paths and told their own stories. GGM takes advantage of modern technologies and modes of communication and offers alternative sources of information for people seeking international knowledge and news. Using social media and citizen journalism GGM broadens the spectrum of what news means and offers an outlet for women to produce content to share with the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I really don't know from where should I start my story with GLOBAL GIRL MEDIA! It was a wonderful , an amazing journey that did not last for too long for me , only two days , yet I'm so happy that I met all girls. GlobalGirl , taught to be proud of myself because I am a girl I am a woman who has a role in this world , who was not created randomly for no reason, a girl who has a voice , a voice that she should you use to show her strength , her inpendence , and stop whoever is trying to under estimate her. Now , I can say that I have a better look on the world, A PINK LOOK!!

Kate26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlobalGirl is an amazing organization that helps girls find and use their voices to tell their unique stories and effect change. It wasn't until I started working with GlobalGirl that I realized how valuable and how undervalued women's voices are. This organization is doing such important work with young women all over the world!