Girls for a Change

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Nonprofit helps girls become catalysts for social change.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages positive social behavior such as teaching and sharing with and empowering others.

Violence

Individuals on the blogs might reference something violent happening, but the site itself does not contain or promote violence.

Sex

There is no overt sexual content on the site.

Language

The language on the site is entirely G-rated.  No swearing.

Consumerism

Sponsors are listed but there are no ads on the site and no product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site promotes the idea that empowering girls can lead to opinions, forthright questions, and, eventually, empowered women.

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What's it about?

Girls For A Change is a non-profit agency that provides the resources for middle and high school girls to address social issues in their own neighborhoods. Girl Action Teams are made of 5-10 girls and two adults. Together they plan and implement a social change project. One recent project involved a school theater production on the themes of peer-pressure, conflict resolution, and self-esteem. The girls created the show and solicited support from local businesses and their school. If a girl can't find a Team to join -- there are groups in several US cities as well as an international option -- the site provides video training and other ways to hook into the positive message. In the past year, over 3,000 girls have benefited from GFAC Girl Action Team projects. In the decade of its existence, GFAC has more than reached its very specific goals -- girls report increased self-sufficiency and a better feeling of adult support. Best of all, the girls who participate in this program translate their newfound skills to situations outside the original project.

Is it any good?

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The site speaks to girls on an adult level, which conveys an immediate sense of respect. With its success stories, the site shows that all things are possible when girls get organized and put their hearts and minds to work for the greater good. There's no downside to girl empowerment. Girls for a Change gets it right.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ways girls are treated in and out of school, at different ages and by different people, and how this treatment -- good and bad -- effects them. This can lead to conversations about how the world treats women and what individuals can do to create change.

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 22, 2012
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girls change

Families can talk about the ways girls are treated in and out of school, at different ages and by different people, and how this treatment -- good and bad -- effects them. This can lead to conversations about how the world treats women and what individuals can do to create change.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byShwe Ying December 30, 2010
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The Best for AGES 13+

I love it....... its more fun being like that.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old August 31, 2010
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12
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I've Heard good things.

I've heard good things about this site, i really want to check it out! I'll post back when i do.. In the meantime.. ADVENTURE TIME IS AWESOME! Random, sorry.

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