Girls’ Voices unites the power of personal storytelling, a global network of grassroots organizations committed to girls’ empowerment and education, and GreaterGood.org’s micro-funding community to address disparities in girls’ education. At the heart of Girls’ Voices is the idea that as more girls share their stories online, more people will be able to connect to their challenges and triumphs, and donate to their cause. In addition to supporting more girls financially, the experience of making compelling media will directly benefit the girls’ confidence, technical skills, and sense of empowerment. Over the next two years the project aims to expand education opportunities to thousands of girls.
The Girls’ Voices curriculum – inspired by youth media and girls’ empowerment initiatives- is designed to support small crews of girls (6 – 10 girls, aged 13 – 19) who can work together for two to six weeks. Each Girls’ Voices crew uses phones and simple devices to create and share their work, and connects online to receive encouragement and support from Girls’ Voices mentors and volunteers.
Girls’ Voices partners with grassroots organizations engaged in girls’ education, and trains youth leaders online to effectively support girls to create digital media projects. Partners identify a key barrier to girls’ education – transportation, tuition, books, tutoring – and administer small scholarships to address their education related needs. To learn more about the program in action, read our blog.