Last night I had the privilege to attend a fundraiser for GirlPowr in hometown, Lincoln Nebraska. GirlPowr, Inc. is a Lincoln-based non-profit organization founded by Nebraska native and former Peace Corps Volunteer (Nicaragua), Julie Reager on September 26, 2013. GIRLPowR is a rising network of girls and women, advocates, volunteers, educators and leaders in the communities where GIRLPowR delivers direct services and programs, and the larger municipalities, e.g. states, departments, that encompass those communities.
I was totally blown away but the support of Lincoln's community to help educate and empower girls. It got me thinking, what other badass girl empowering organizations are out there?? And what can WE do to bring empowerment to girls?
We exist to create a new normal with and for girls.
When a girl has self-belief and is supported by her family and community; when she's empowered with skills, ideas and knowledge; when she has access to services, role models and other girls: when she is visible and vocal - she can demand to stay in school, to get healthcare, and to get married and have children when she chooses.
We work with girls and those around them to create active champions of a world in which she reaches her full potential and the cycle of poverty is disrupted.
Skateistan is an award-winning international non-profit organization. We provide programs that combine skateboarding and education to children and youth aged 5-17 in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Through the hook of skateboarding we engage children, especially girls and children from low income backgrounds, and provide them with access to safe spaces and education. Our innovative programs teach children valuable life skills that go beyond the skatepark and the classroom. At Skateistan, our vision is to create leaders that make a better world.
Girls Who Code was founded five years ago with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market. What began with 20 girls in the heart of New York City, Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in all 50 U.S. states by the end of this year.
The demographic of Girls Who Code is the demographic of our nation. From Clubs in rural Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in Massachusetts, to the country’s most prestigious private schools—girls everywhere are united by their passion to use technology to solve problems in their day-to-day lives and make a positive impact on the world.
At Girls Who Code, we believe the gender gap in technology is an issue we must all come together to solve. With your support, we will continue to build a future where our next generation of girls and boys will prosper through creativity, through bravery, and through teamwork.