Weekly Roundup

My weekly take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally). Please share what you have been reading in the comments!

Local

It’s been a super busy week for local girls’ and youth organizations!

Girl Scouts are leading the charge in Snohomish County to provide relief and support to families affected by the Oso mudslide. If you’d like to help, read on for information on how to volunteer or donate.

The Washington State Budget and Policy CenterKids Count, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report on how WA states kids are faring. African American, Native American, and Latino kids are faring far worse than white and Asian American kids. The report includes recommendations to address the issue. School’s Out Washington shared their recommendations for how the out of school community can contribute.

Girl on the Run of Puget Sound announced an amazing new partnership with Sounders Women. Soccer, running, and girl justice. What could be better? They are also still looking for running buddies, so it you want a great volunteer gig, go sign up.

Geek Girl Con released April’s Geek About Town, their monthly calendar or delightfully geeky events. I’m especially interested in Arts Corps’ Youth Speak Grand Slam on April 11 and LunaFest, a partnership between Luna Bars and Reel Grrls, on April 15.

And don’t miss Girlvolution on April 12! Powerful Voices will again be hosting their girl-created, day-long extravaganza of workshops.

Last but not least, The Boys and Girls Club is looking for youth development staff. They have several positions available.

National

Ann Muno, Director of Advocacy at Girl Scouts of Western Washington, wrote an Op Ed for Youth Today about economic security for girls. While Ann is a local girl, I’m calling this naitonal news because it is such a big deal. If you haven’t yet, you should read her article on blending youth development and girl specific practices. A.MA.ZING.

Smart Girls at the Party was nominated for a Shorty Award for their awesome social media promotion of changing the world by being yourself. Congratulations!

International

Johnson and Johnson is jumping into the girl justice arena, teaming up with Women Deliver for a new campaign: Invest in girls and women: EVERYBODY WINS. 

Njideka U. Keda wrote a piece for HuffPo about the Young Girls Science and Health Tele-Academy, an innovative program in Nigeria that teaching youth STEM skills by engaging them in social change projects. Sounds a little bit like YTECH and Puget Sound Off.

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