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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

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is more than an organization for girls. It's an organization for everyone who not only believes that we can have healthier relationships and stronger kids, but that we can help kids be stronger by giving them a sense of power and allowing them to hold the reins. I've talked to so many girls who feel less alone because of Hardy Girls, who know it's okay to be brave and nothing less than necessary to remain true to who they are. Engagement - and I suppose, ultimately, that's what I love most about Hardy Girls Healthy Women is their ability to engage girls in the world and with each other - is so key for young women - and HGHW puts engaging with the world on so many levels within reach of girls in Maine - and increasingly - girls everywhere. It's an extraordinary feat.

Tobi S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hardy Girls Healthy Women since its creation. As an attorney, I have referred many clients to their programs. Hardy Girls work with girls, through their Girls Coalition Groups, the Adventure Girls programs and the Girls Advisory Board, promote girls learning first hand how important their thoughts and voices can be - creating critical thinkers and social activists. I have actively worked for 11 years helping HGHW obtain donations in the community and have donated as well especially for their Girls Rock awards and weekend. Their approach for working with girls is unique and powerful.