We’re glad that so many of you joined our live virtual Members Meeting. Please take 5 minutes to submit your evaluation of the meeting here, if you haven’t done so yet.
If you missed the event, or you want to soak up all the knowledge and wisdom shared by our amazing speakers once again, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few highlights:
1. We are in a time where the psychological safety of girls has been severely threatened. At the Members Meeting, we discussed more deeply what it means to create radically safe spaces and radically safe communities. Thank you to our members for the tireless work you do everyday to create moments of refuge for girls* and gender-expansive youth, where they feel comforted and supported during these unprecedented times.
2. Although the past year has been unlike any other with the onset of a global pandemic that challenged us in new ways, our sector faced these difficulties with compassion and determination. We’re so grateful to be weathering it with our resilient members and growing team.
3. We all know that poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, and other factors disproportionately affect girls* and gender-expansive youth, and especially those of color, preventing them from achieving their full potential. What does equity mean to you and why should it be central to your organization?
4. If you could describe a feminist future in one sentence, what would it say? AFG members worked with our team to create a roadmap to a radically safe and thriving future where girls* and gender-expansive youth are comfortable, supported, trusted and represented.
5. Through her work with Betti Ono, our closing keynote speaker, Anyka Barber, shared about collaboration and how intergenerational community work can help advance opportunity and achieve equity for girls* and gender-expansive youth.
6. We heard from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte about what’s happened in Texas with the abortion ban, what the implications are, and how you can stay informed. We are grateful to our members for their important work in reproductive justice for girls.
“One takeaway: building equity is about cultivating an environment that nourishes the seeds that youth already have placed on the inside of them. Systems are to build bridges, not walls.” – 2021 Members Meeting participant and community advocate for girls
“I am throwing so many sparkles onto the virtual stage!” – Mary Allard, 2021 Members Meeting Participant and Co-founder of Ellement Collective
We hope you take the time to soak up the inspiring content above and to dive into the list of resources made available to you.
Join us at our upcoming workshop series, Youth Voice: Youth-Driven Practices for Building Foundations for Thriving, kicking off on October 12th!
Thanks again for participating, and for being a member of Alliance for Girls. Your leadership, dedication, and support are what makes this all possible.
Alliance for Girls
*”Girls” refers to gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).