Girls’ Voices supports young women to use media creation as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world. Girls’ Voices provides targeted scholarship funding to support girls who face obstacles to their education. To date, 2,051 young women, ages 13-21, around the world have participated in Girls’ Voices and more than $210,000 in grants have been awarded to fund their education or to implement their community-driven project ideas.
Girls’ Voices believes that every girl deserves an education, that every girl has a voice, and that those voices drive change. Change starts young, and it starts with you. As future community leaders, we provide media training resources for girls to share their stories and ideas for positive change. We share those stories, and award education and changemaker grants to help make those ideas a reality. See what Girls’ Voices scholars are sharing and prepare to be inspired!
Every child deserves the right to a quality education, but more than 130 million girls worldwide are not in school due to barriers like forced child marriage, child labor, and stereotypical gender norms that keep them in the home. Investing in a girl’s education not only positively benefits her, but also her community, her country, and the world.
We partner with grassroots organizations to sponsor and empower girls to tell their stories. With our guided curriculum, facilitators in each school teach girls the basics of cinematography and storytelling. Girls create and share their stories in supportive workshops with their peers, while gaining confidence in their skills and themselves. Then we showcase the stories online where inspired donors can help crowdfund her education.
Each component of the program is designed to instill confidence and teach new skills to girls.
Girls’ Voices is open to any girl, anywhere through our Girls’ Voices Movement platform. We also work closely with facilitators at grassroots organizations in 21 countries to lead guided workshops in schools and online through the Girls’ Voices Movement platform.
We work with Puerta 18 Clubhouse in Argentina, Bonaire Youth Foundation in Bonaire, Clubhouse Network in Costa Rica, Maya Traditions in Guatemala, Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras, Instituto Joule in Brazil, Natividad Rodrigues Gonzalez High School in Puerto Rico, and dA Center of Arts and the Native American Advancement Foundation in the United States.
Partners include Shilpa Surya Foundation in Sri Lanka, Another Kind of Girl Collective in Jordan, Kosovalive's GlobalGirl Media in Kosovo, Voices of Women in Nepal, and Salt Lake City Prayasam and Christel House in India.
We work with Action Health Incorporated in Nigeria, iEARN Kenya and Akili Dada in Kenya, Ngora Girls School, PMM Girls School, and Pajule College in Uganda, and Positive Youth Development Organization in Cameroon.
Girls’ Voices Movement is an online community where girls learn how to express themselves powerfully with digital media.
This free resource is available for girls everywhere and teachers to share with girls aged 13 – 21.
In Girls' Voices Movement, you can learn to create compelling digital stories, designed for creating safely at home – along with a supportive community of young women and professional women mentors!
"Girls” and “young women” includes girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth.
Through the power of storytelling, you can feel a closer bond across boundaries, shift perspectives, and offer hope in difficult times. You never know how your story may inspire others or shift their perspective
Please note: Girls will need internet and a smart phone, tablet, or computer to participate.
Our free online community offers:
- A safe environment for youth organizations, facilitated by Girls’ Voices staff
- Photography & Videography Courses led by women photographers and filmmakers
- Self-directed learning
- A global community of young women leaders
- Webinars to connect our girls from around the world and get feedback and insight from Girls’ Voices Alumni
- Supportive feedback and a safe space to explore creativity and expression
- Prompts lead to projects that can be submitted to Girls’ Voices contests
- Designed for shelter-in-place creativity
- Students earn bges after completing sessions, leading to a Girls’ Voices certificates
Partner with us to help make Girls’ Voices the largest girls’ empowerment media program in the world. By partnering with us, your company will be in the forefront of cause-related marketing. We provide you with outstanding photos, videos, stories, and suggested language perfect for your marketing needs. The sky’s the limit when we pair up!
The Klintworth Family Foundation believes in the power of storytelling and media to save lives. They provided the funding to start Girls’ Voices and have supported us each year to continue to grow our impact.
Through The Hunger Site and The Literacy Site, donors from around the globe can engage with and donate to support Girls' Voices scholars. GreaterGood also helps underwrite the Girls’ Voices for Change contest by providing a donation for every vote.
Girls' Voices has been helping girls share their stories since 2016. Over 2,000 young women have participated in our program, learning the basics of visual storytelling and sharing their experiences with the world. Check out some of the inspiring stories our scholars have shared below!
Our yearly Girls' Voices for Change Contest asks girls to share their perspective and innovative ideas for change. Our 2020 contest asked girls a big question: How are YOU creating positive change in your community — for people, pets, and the planet?
We asked girls to submit video proposals or photo essays describing their changemaking ideas — and we were floored by the response! The winning girls received grant funding to bring their projects to life in their communities. Check out the winners and browse the full gallery to see what the next generation of changemakers is up to.
Before COVID-19, Girls' Voices held video-storytelling workshops for girls around the globe. After COVID changed the world, we went digital and started our own online platform – Girls' Voices Movement. Our inaugural Girls' Voices Movement cohort jumped right in and shared their experiences living through an historic time in history.
See the world through their eyes:
The harmful effects of climate change are already upon us and worsening. There is time to act, but we must act now. The Brookings Institute states that investing in girls’ empowerment and education is one of the most effective ways we can combat global warming and reverse course. Young people are a part of the solution. For our Climate Action Contest, we asked girls:
There’s a chance to act now to avert the worst effects of climate change. Young people are leading the effort to push for innovative solutions. How are YOU using your voice to push for climate innovation in your family or your community?
Check out the winning projects and all the inspiring answers we received to this prompt:
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we called on girls around the world to spread hope. During our "Spread Hope" Challenge, we asked girls what keeps them hopeful during this difficult time, and we shared their messages with the world. Five winning girls received a $100 gift card each and a donation was made in their name to support our Girls' Voices scholars around the world.
View the winning messages of hope: