Weekly Roundup

My weekly take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally). 

Local

Solid Ground came out against building a new youth prison, especially given that the old is rarely full. They argue the community should focus on alternatives to incarceration for youth, including restorative justice. YES!

Last chance to register for School’s Out Washington‘s Putting the Pieces Together conference on June 20!

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls launched Band of 200: The first 200 donors to give $200 join in welcoming 200 girls to camp each summer.

Youth In Focus is hiring! This amazing youth development org is looking for a Youth Outreach Coordinator and Teaching Artists to support their mission of empowering youth through photography.

Awesome interview at Geek Girl Con with the creators of I Am Elemental: a line of girl superhero action figures who are strong, reasonably proportioned, and conducive to “imaginative active play.” Entrepreneurship, heroic girls, and geekiness. I love it!

National

This is really interesting: Smart Girls at the Party has created an online “summer camp” for girls this July. I’m intrigued! What will they come up with? If it’s anything like their regular content, including this recent google hang out with 7th grade activist Haile Thomas, we’re in for a treat!

Ms. Magazine ran a ton of interesting stories last week. Natalie Wilson critiques Dream Works decision to fill How to Train Your Dragon 2 with white male protagonists and a dark-skinned villain. Margaret Nickens writes about the new LEGO mini-figs of female scientists (so long Friends!).

A Mighty Girl has a great post up with a rundown of Kickstarters dedicated to girl empowerment.

Alice Wilder at the Spark Movement writes a great piece contrasting the relationships in Twighlight and Parks and Recreation, and what they taught her about relationships and romance.

John Lash at Youth Today writes about how youth workers can help youth confront the history of racism and learn from it.

International

The Girl Effect asked 5 members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) who attended the World Conference for Youth what they wanted their leaders to do to help girls thrive.

Girl Hub features two stories about efforts to support girls in Nigeria. First, Girl Hub released a new handbook designed to explain the situation that girls in Northern Nigeria face, and how change agents can make a difference. The second story recaps a panel of powerful women in Nigeria speaking about the importance of investing in girls.

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