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As girls*’ service providers, educators, and champions, we find ourselves grappling with a myriad of questions and challenges intensified by COVID-19 and physical distancing measures, including:
 

  • How do we reach girls who have limited to no access to internet and/or a safe space?
  • How do we design virtual experiences that are engaging and fun and respond to intersectional identities of girls and gender-expansive youth?
  • How can we continue to promote girls’ safety, leadership, and sense of belonging amid COVID-19?
  • What can we learn from each other and especially from those who are supporting girls most marginalized by COVID-19 and physical distancing?

We’re excited to launch a new experiential workshop series, Effective Practices for Supporting Girls* Virtually, that will address these questions and highlight exciting and thoughtful ways girls’ organizations are innovating amid COVID-19 and other issues heightened by the pandemic. We’ll hear about challenges and successes from four incredible organizations working with girls and gender-expansive youth who have been particularly impacted by COVID-19, learn effective ways to reach and support girls, and have opportunities to experience best practices and start applying them to our work with girls.

You'll leave with greater awareness of the ways different groups of girls are experiencing COVID-19 and access to virtual learning, tangible tools for youth outreach and engagement, and a renewed sense of hope and community.
 

Workshop Series Dates & Session Details
 

Date & Time Session Details

Tuesday, September 1

10am-12pm PT

Session 1: Supporting Girls Experiencing Instability, Houselessness, and/or Exploitation
Lessons from Working with CSEC and High-Risk Youth
Led by MISSSEY

In this session, we'll:

  • Recognize barriers that limit a young person’s ability to be engaged or “committed,” including limited to no access to technology/internet and instability
  • Learn how to create an environment that acknowledges those barriers and works toward addressing and overcoming them
  • Learn how to provide a stable relationship for youth while recognizing that consistency from youth is not always possible

Tuesday, September 8

10am-12pm PT

Session 2: The Power of Trauma-Informed Yoga and Creative Expression
Lessons from Working with System-Involved Girls
The Art of Yoga Project

In this session, we'll:

  • Learn trauma-informed practices for supporting girls and gender-expansive youth, and the neuroscience behind it
  • Learn strategies for reaching out to youth who are system-involved
  • Experience the regulating effects of yoga, mindfulness, and creative expression

Tuesday, September 15

10am-12pm PT

Session 3: Family-Centered Approach to Supporting Girls
Lessons from Working with Daughters of Farmworkers
Led by Girl Scouts of Northern California

In this session, we'll:

  • Learn how to serve girls more holistically through a community-based, family-centered approach
  • Learn program pivot best practices, particularly when supporting youth lacking internet connectivity
  • Work in small breakout groups to practice adapting in-person programming to a virtual format

Tuesday, September 22

10am-12pm PT

Session 4: Centering Youth Leadership & Voice in Programming
Lessons from Working with Youth on Media Literacy
Led by About-Face

In this session, we'll:

  • Learn how to provide youth with tools to express themselves while giving them a sense of belonging and connection
  • Learn how to engage youth in co-designing and co-facilitating program, and develop their own leadership
  • Explore the space and role of adult allyship and activism that supports girls

 

This workshop series will be hosted on Zoom.


*“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).

Members receive their first ticket for each session free with a promo code, and additional tickets are $14 per session (30% off) or $42 for the entire series. Tickets for non-members are $20 per session and $60 for the entire series. Email Kailin at kailin@alliance4girls.org for the promo code or if you're experiencing financial hardship. Not a member? Join us! 

If you have any accommodation needs, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. We'll make every effort to provide them. 

Effective Practices for Supporting Girls Virtually

  • Tuesday Sep 01 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Tuesday Sep 08 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Tuesday Sep 15 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Tuesday Sep 22 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online