In This Issue...
- Advocacy Updates
- Alliance for Girls
- Organizational Spotlight
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San Francisco DCYF: A focus group for girls' services
Alliance for Girls is partnering with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF) to hold a focus group exclusively for girls' services. The goal of this focus group is to inform DCYF's Community Needs Assessment, which defines its funding priorities, and ensure that San Francisco girls' services are heard and girls' needs are met.
In 2013, DCYF disproportionately cut girls' services. Together with its membership, Alliance for Girls successfully advocated for $340,000 of those cuts to be restored. To prevent such cuts in the future, we also advocated for focus groups exclusively for girls' services. Thanks to the leadership of Maria Su, Director of DCYF, these focus groups will take place, followed by focus groups exclusively for girls.
DCYF and Alliance for Girls are partnering to conduct a girls' services focus group in early May (tentatively scheduled for May 6th). All Alliance for Girls' members are invited to attend, and logistical information will be sent out later this month.
If you would like to help plan the focus group please email Emma Mayerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Malia Cohen: A champion for Bay Area girls and girls’ services
Last month Alliance for Girls' members wrote a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recommending the inclusion of gender-specific and girl-specific needs in the San Francisco Children's amendment. This week, Supervisor Malia Cohen agreed to champion Alliance for Girls' recommendations!
The San Francisco Children's amendment mandates a set aside for the San Francisco Children's Fund, which currently allocates $50 million a year to youth services. Originally passed as a ballot measure in 1991 and re-authorized in 2000, this amendment will appear again in the November 2014 ballot.
The re-authorization of this fund presents an exciting opportunity to revisit and revise the fund's structure and goals. Several district supervisors, and a community stakeholder group of youth-serving nonprofits, have released recommendations for changes to the Children's Fund. These recommendations have been drafted by the San Francisco city attorney and titled the Children's Fund Community Coalition Recommendations.
Because of Alliance for Girls' advocacy and Supervisor Cohen's leadership, gender-responsive and culturally competent services have been included in the community coalition's recommendations as a goal of the fund. This is the first mention of gender ever articulated in the Children Fund's language!
Working closely with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and DCYF, Alliance for Girls will continue to ensure girls are recognized and included every step of the way in re-authorizing the children's amendment.
If you are a member and want to get involved in this campaign please email Emma Mayerson at email@example.com or call 510-207-4542.
Alliance for Girls 2nd Annual Conference
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Join Bay Area girls’ champions from the nonprofit, public and private sector to share innovations and best practices in
Addressing the Wealth Gap
Advocating for Girls’ Health and Safety
Leveraging Art and New Media to Reach Girls
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When: 12 - 6 PM, May 28th 2014
Where: Schwab Center, 211 Main St, San Francisco 94105
Lunch and Learn
Talking to Girls About Media Messages
Join Jennifer Berger, Executive Director of About-Face, and Alliance for Girls for an informative lunch about teaching young women how to decipher mainstream media.
In this Lunch and Learn we will:
Learn about an engaging and interactive model of media-literacy for teen girls.
Learn key tools for helping young women develop important skills while maintaining a non-judgmental tone and stance.
Productively critique positive or problematic media messages that young women are using/watching/listening to.
Date: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 510 16th St., Suite 100, Oakland CA 94612
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