GRANT 241:

Girl Represent

04/24/2017

Changing the face of U.S. politics one middle school girl at a time.

It’s no secret that politics, both on the local and national stage, is still largely dominated by white men. The 2016 election was no different, but there was a bright spot: The number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled (to four, but we’ll take it) and there are now 34 women in the House. We love bright spots, but we think we can do better.

So, where to start? Girls! Our latest grantee is changing the face of U.S. politics one middle school girl at a time, and its name is quite fitting: Girl Represent. This (awesome) initiative developed workbooks and workshops designed to equip the next generation of girls of color as leaders in their communities. And this summer Girl Represent hits the road to hold workshops in cities across the country, bringing together both girls and women of color already involved with politics. Together they will refine the curriculum, and without a doubt inspire one another.

The first workshop will be in Nashville, TN on June 3rd at the Oasis Center, and this Awesome Without Borders grant will help them reach many more cities! Follow the initiative’s ring leader, Amy Ashida, on Twitter to see where they head next.