Mission: Powerful voices' mission is to invite girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a more just world.
Programs: Community engagement - powerful voices works within the community on girls' issues to promote equity and make the world a just place for everyone. Community engagement efforts include producing the annual girlvolution conference, providing training on powerful voices curriculum and practices, serving on coalitions and partnering to provide outreach to girls detained in king county juvenile detention. In 2014, the girlvolution conference reached over 280 youth and adult allies. Powerful voices staff provided training to 74 other youth development professionals, and trained and supported 13 new adult allies (mentors)and served on three community coalitions. Powerful voices staff facilitated educational and pro-social workshops with 28 young women in detention.
powerful choices - provides adolescent girls with education and pro-social activities to promote positive identity, promote healthy relationships and 21st century skills. The curriculum is delivered through group and individual seassions. Powerful choices was offered at two seattle public schools middle schools and in partnership with atlantic street center in 2014, reaching 74 youth.
youth employment program - provides adolescent girls with pre-employment, career building and 21st century skills. Three cohorts of girls participated in a group employment program that includes individual goal setting and performance evaluation sessions. The first cohort is develop your voice and speak (dyvas), where young women are employed to produce an alternate form of media to educate the community about social justice issues. The second cohort is active vistas, where young women are employed to develop and present workshops at the girlvolution conference. The third cohort focused on developing job readiness skills through activities such as career panel and mock interviews. The youth employment program served 38 youth in 2014 referred through seattle youth violence prevention initiative.
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.