We envision a world where girls and gender-expansive youth are not limited by the gender binary or harmful gender norms that dictate how a girl should or should not be. A world where girls have access to radical safety from their schools to homes and in public spaces.
At Alliance for Girls, we are committed to intervening and preventing gender-based violence. With intergenerational leadership, cross sectoral partnerships, and community-driven solutions, we can stop these cycles of violence and injustices before they are normalized.
During this unprecedented crisis, our team is working remotely to meet the needs of girls amid the pandemic. Read our latest research report that provides a roadmap on the investments and strategies needed to achieve greater equity, especially for girls and gender-expansive youth of color.
Girls Policy Agenda
In 2019, AFG leveraged the data we collected through youth participatory action research (YPAR) on programming defined by girls as best meeting their needs. With the results we defined a comprehensive girls policy agenda which focuses on 3 key areas:
- Gender-Based Violence Intervention: Advocating for radical safety policies to be adopted by schools, public transit agencies, and all government agencies.
- Data Collection and Dissemination: Ensuring that government agencies and school districts are gathering and responding to data on the expressed needs of girls and gender-expansive youth, and using that data to inform budget, policy, and program decisions.
- Funding for Girls’ Needs: Advocating for budgets that explicitly increase funding for girls and gender-expansive youth programming and girl-serving organizations to better support the identified needs.
Using powerful, intergenerational mobilization strategies, AFG leads community and girl-driven advocacy to support and advance the #GirlsPolicyAgenda with leadership from our Advocacy Committee.
Our Initiatives and Impact to Date
- Budget Advocacy to Meet the Needs of Girls as Expressed in Our Recent Research
- Together with our members, we are advocating for funding in the California budget to meet the needs of girls and gender-expansive youth as it relates to mental health and social emotional well-being.
- Addressing Sexual Harassment on Public Transit through #NotOneMoreGirl
- The Not One More Girl campaign is a youth-driven initiative that uses policy and cultural strategy to address sexual harassment against girls and gender-expansive youth on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Thank you to our core partners Betti Ono, Unity Council, and Black Girls Brilliance!
- Fighting Period Poverty in CA Schools
- We advocate for period product access through schools and resource centers in California. Our model for addressing period poverty supported advocacy for state bill AB 367 which was signed into law requiring all public schools serving students in grades 6 to 12, Community Colleges, and California State Universities to stock restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products, commencing in the 2022-23 school year. Thank you to allies who made this possible: Young Women’s Freedom Center, Free the Period, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and others.
- Childcare Access and Economic Opportunity for Young Moms
- The When Young Moms Thrive, We All Do one-year pilot program is co-led by Alliance for Girls and Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC). The program employs young moms ages 12-26 to conduct research on the current service gaps and provide recommendations on how to address them. We are also joined in this effort by allies at the Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, CARAS South County, Teen Success Inc., YWCA Silicon Valley, and other local community organizations who are supporting young moms in the county.
- Meet Girls’ Needs in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to Create Safer Schools for Black Girls
- We are advocating for safe and affirming school environments through radical safety indicators led by girls and gender-expansive youth themselves. Our priorities include safety training by integrating anti-sexual harassment and exploitation training into OUSD PD schedules for 2022-2023, and institutionalizing gender, and culturally-responsive mental health programming across OUSD. Thank you to the OUSD administration and our members AAFE, Black Girl Brilliance, MISSSEY, Bay Area Women Against Rape, ERA, and other community partners. You can learn more here.
Establishing a Gender Equity Action Plan for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) through the Girls Policy Agenda
Since 2019, Alliance for Girls and its members have been working with BART to enhance safety for girls and gender-expansive youth on public transit. Alliance for Girls, its members and youth leaders, developed policy recommendations that were presented to the BART Board in February 2020. The Board unanimously passed our resolution, resulting in the Not One More Girl campaign, the first of its kind youth driven sexual harassment prevention on transit initiative. To date, Not One More Girl has resulted in the following changes:
- BART is tracking sexual harassment occurrences quarterly and added a new rider reporting category.
- BART hired Transitional Aged Youth ages 18-25 to serve on hiring panels for BART’s safety roles and youth held 100 paid roles to implement the initiative.
- We developed a bystander intervention video for riders, which is also mandatory for BART staff training.
- BART updated the rider code of conduct to include the prohibition of sexual harassment.
- We created transparency through a new webpage on bart.gov/gbv with police and non-police resources. These resources are being included in BART bathrooms and are available through a youth commissioned zine.
Since its launch, Not One More Girl has gained national recognition and we are exploring phase two to build on this progress. Share your thoughts and feedback here. Thank you to our powerful collaborative of leaders!
Interested in bringing this program to your organization or community? Please email Chantal Hildebrand at email@example.com to talk about customizing it to meet your needs.
Designated Funding for Girls through 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.