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!

Local

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!

National

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!)

International

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.

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