We advocate from the outside in, and the inside out. We partner with systems to help them improve internal policies to better meet girls’ needs, and we mobilize our powerful base to advocate on behalf of girls. We act as committed partners to members’ advocacy efforts, including fighting for the rights of pregnant and parenting students and ending the tampon tax, and we lead the way in campaigns that demand equitable funding for girls’ unique needs. We help direct service providers safely and effectively engage in advocacy, and we mobilize our base to raise awareness about girls’ needs.
The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
In 2013, just one year after Alliance for Girls' public launch, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) disproportionately cut girls' organizations from its budget. Of an $8 million increase in funds, only 0.01% was allocated toward girls’ organizations. Through Alliance for Girls’ advocacy, DCYF restored $350,000 to needed girls' organizations in San Francisco. Moreover, Alliance for Girls worked with a coalition led by Coleman Advocates to craft and enact legislation that increased money allocated to the Children’s Fund, through Prop C, and prioritized gender-responsive services for the fund. In addition, AFG partnered with DCYF to improve the RFP process for the following funding cycle, by supporting the development of gender-specific listening sessions, including focus groups with girls and girls’ service providers. This resulted in $30.5 million in designated funding for girls’ unique needs in the 2018-2023 funding cycle.