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Hardy Girls Healthy Women Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Girls Clubs, Youth Development

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

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hardy Girls is an incredible resource to our school, our students, and the broader community. As a school counselor, I often work with female students who have low self-esteem and have a hard time recognizing their strengths. Hardy Girls' programming helps girls and young women take a critical view of the messages that they get from media sources and empowers them to take action and change this culture for the better.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HGHW is an amazing resource for the State of Maine. As a public school educator, woman, and mother of two daughters, I am beyond thankful that we have access to HGHW. I know that when my daughters are old enough, I will encourage them to be involved with HGHW. I don't know if others realize what a gift HGHW is, with an amazing dedicated staff whose main mission is to empower girls!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hardy Girl Healthy Women launched an anti-bullying campaign to support LGBT youth five years before most of the rest of the nation. It was a courageous initiative at a time when most girls' organizations were invested in pretending that a lesbian or queer identity was something that only happened to adults.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working in the domestic violence field, primary prevention is key to the elimination of domestic violence. I have long been looking for resources that expand, enhance, and celebrate the individuality of each young woman. HGHW presents a model that should be replicated world-wide. The organization works to scaffold the work of young women - empowering them not by acting on their behalf - but by standing behind them as they navigate the course of their desired/intended actions.