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

Youth Workers! It’s time to sign up for Putting the Pieces Together: SOAR’s one-day professional development and networking conference. Last year’s conference was inspiring and edifying.

Saturday is Girls’ on the Run of Puget Sound‘s 5k! Go cheer on some girls starting at 9:00 a.m. at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

LeadNOW, Seattle Works’ alumni group, will host a quarterly forum with a community leader. The first one is Tuesday, May 13 and features artist and activist Debra Webb.

If you want some inspiration (and some new recipes), check out Madeline Dalton’s website Teens Can Cook, Too. For the back story, read up on her Gold Award Project on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington website.

National

Beautiful post by Trudy at Gradient Lair recapping bell hooks and Salamisha Tillet’s conversation “Passionate Presence: Protecting Black Girlhood.” Intelligent commentary on two iconic leaders’ discussion.

We all indulge in media that is non-perfect from a social justice perspective. What should we do about that? Everyday Feminism has a how-to guide.

It’s bike to work month! Sign up to track your rides at the Group Health Commute Challenge, and visit the Cascade Bicycle Club’s website to find out about events. What does bike month have to do with girl justice? Ms. Magazine explains how bikes and the emancipation of women went hand in hand.

Read about the inspiring youth recipients of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. These youth have done some COOL things!!

The YMCA of the USA, the Department of the Interior, and the National League of Cities will work together to get more youth outdoors! Two of the players have local roots: Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, was the CEO of REI, and Neil Nicoll, the President and CEO of the YMCA, used to run the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

Super exciting development for research and data geeks: Youth Today won a $200,000 grant to create “a dedicated after-school and out-of-school time research and resource hub. SO COOL!!! The hub will live on the Youth Today website. 

International

#BringBackOurGirls is still (sadly) dominating international news. I wrote a post consolidating some of the best reporting on the subject. On the cold comfort/slightly positive news front, the Nigerian government has committed $10 million to making schools safer.

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