Weekly Roundup

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


School’s Out Washington’s Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool and Youth Development Programs got a shout out in the Washington Recreation and Parks Association Newsletter. Bravo SOWA!

Elena Hernandez at The Washington State Budget and Policy Center reveals that economic hardship is the most common Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) faced by kids in Washington State. 25% of kids experience economic hardship.


I love love love data, but Youth Today makes some great points about the struggles that non-profits face to feed our appetites for numbers.

Everyday Feminism had some great articles on girls this week. Kelsey Lueptow breaks down the forces that pressure girls to appear less smart, and suggests two changes that could make a difference: bust the gender binary and end gender-based aggression. Sarah Trembath shares tips for adults on keeping their kids safe from predators. While stranger danger is not the biggest risk youth face (youth know their abuser 88% of the time), youth workers should be thinking about how we can help youth develop these assets in our programs.


The Girl Effect, which began its campaign with a short animated field, has branched out into live theater.

Girl Up called on everyone to take action on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by supporting the Girls Count Act. The bill “supports programs in developing countries that improve birth registration and promote policies that prevent discrimination against girls.” It may be August 1, but it’s never too late to reach out to your representative to voice your support. 


Weekly Roundup

I took a few weeks off from writing up my weekly take on the news from the Girl Justice movement (locally, nationally, and internationally). I’m hoping this jam packed edition will make up for its absence!


The WA State Budget and Policy Center analyses the latest data on kids in Washington State.

School’s Out Washington reports on the strong support for summer learning revealed in the American After 3 survey. They also shared an update from a Feed Your Brain grant recipient and their monthly Federal Policy Update.

Awesome organizations coming together! Girls Scouts of Western Washington Troop 50614 created a stained glass window and donated it to the YWCA Family Village in Issaquah. Love it!

Powerful Voices is asking folks to help their summer program participants create a mural in Rainier Beach by sending in three words to answer the question “What helps you grow?” Read more and help ’em out!


Everyday Feminism has 4 tips for parents (that youth workers could use) to help girls navigate the new attention they get when they enter adolescence.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released their annual Kids Count report on the well-being of children in the United States. You should read the whole thing, but if you don’t want to spend weeks sifting through data (though you should because it’s a blast!!) read Youth Today’s report on the gains (and lack of gains) youth have made over the last 25 years.

The World Cup may be over, but Spark’s Brenda Guesnet’s spot on critique of World Cup advertising deserves continued attention. With the Women’s World Cup next summer, and another Men’s World Cup in 4 years, we have our work cut out for us. (And while we’re on the World Cup, Ms. Magazine shares a pretty fun coincidence that occurred in the final. Statistically significant? No. But pretty fun to ponder!)


You should have heard the stories about the flood of youth migrants coming across the US-Mexico border. Kids have been crossing the border for a long time, but there is a massive increase in the number of girls making the crossing. Read some of their stories.

The UK hosted the Girl Summit 2014 to focus the world on ending FGM and Child Marriage. The Girl Effect, Girl Hub, and Population Council reported on the summit here, here, and here.

It has been over 100 days since Boko Haram abducted over 300 women and girls in Chibok, Nigeria. The Representation Project calls on all of us to remain engaged.

Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 17th birthday by calling for the return of the girl abducted from Chibok, Nigeria. Girl Effect has the story.

What the Girl Justice Community Needs

One of my most interesting and rewarding adventures has been serving on the board of the Northwest Girls Coalition (NWGC). The NWGC is an all volunteer operation that strives to bring the girl-serving community together to make the world better for all girls. It’s a pretty tall order, but an admirable goal.

This summer, the NWGC is working hard to take the pulse of the girl-serving community. We’re trying to understand our community, what they want and need, and how the NWGC can deliver on those wants and needs. We’ve had some great internal conversations, but we’ve realized that they are entirely too internal. It’s time to get out and talk to people.

If you’re reading this, odds are you are a member of the girl-serving community, whether you know it not. You work at a non-profit or school, or you donate to girls’ causes, or you’re just interested. However loose your connection may be, your voice is a vital part of this discussion.

But discussion can get boring and tedious, so we’d like to invite you to a party! The members of the NWGC Leadership Committee are throwing two mixers to introduce ourselves, get to know our community members, and get the skinny on 3 critical questions:

  1. What do you want?
  2. What do you need?
  3. What can the NWGC do for you?

Even if you don’t have concrete answers, join us. The more ideas and voices that make their way into this conversation the better!

The details:

North End Member Mixer:  July 15, 5:30-7:30 Elliot Bay Brewing Company

Stay tuned for details about another mixer in August!

Weekly Roundup

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


Powerful Voices’ new intern Paige shares what she’s learned in her first three weeks on the job. Thanks for sharing Paige!

Geek Girl Con released their monthly “Geek About Town” highlighting geeky events for girls (both big and little). I’m especially excited to catch Katniss in all her glory in Catching Fire at Marymoore Park’s outdoor movies series.

Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) released their monthly “Field Notes” with updates from around the Youth Development field.


If you’re hoping to see a movie this Fourth of July weekend, check out Belle. Montgomery Jones at Spark Movement reviews the biopic about a biracial aristocrat and social activist in late 18th century England. She credits the film with telling a story we don’t often hear: the story of a a period piece that focuses on a mixed race person, rather than “the rich, white, aristocrat.”

Also at Spark: Lilanaz Evans saves the day with tips for cultivating the perfect beach body hair. A must read for summer beauty. #NoShaveForever.

I don’t know about you, but my facebook newsfeed is overflowing with girl-power themed commercials. They’re cool, but they always make me feel a little funny. Simone Lieban at Ms. Magazine takes a closer look at the trend. On a similar note, Elizabeth Plank calls out using feminism to sell ladies more stuff. After all, with the pay gap, we really can’t afford all this junk. 

Three of the coolest six-year-olds in the world take over California skate parks, kick the guys’ asses, and then start their own business. Pink Helmet Posee, you are my heroes!


The National Constitution Center awarded Malala Yousafzai the Liberty Medal for her “courageous fight for equality and liberty from tyranny.” She continues to advocate for girls’ rights and education after surviving an assassination attempt. Her persistence “is evidence that a passionate, committed leader, regardless of age, has the power to ignite a movement for reform.” YUP. Next stop, NOBEL PRIZE. Ms. Magazine has the full story.

Literally uniting girls to change the world, the Girl Up Leadership Summit brought together 175 girl leaders from 28 states and 6 countries. Find out what happened!