Tuesday, September 6, 2016

So many ways to get involved at Powerful Voices!


Powerful Voices depends on over 180 volunteers across the gender spectrum each year to support our programs for girls ages 12-19.


Check out how you can get involved!


Fall 2016
  • Annual Luncheon (Oct 13) Up to 30 volunteers needed to help set up, clean up, greet, seat, and process registrations for 300-400 guests at Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. Free lunch and a seat at the Luncheon are included. Shift times vary depending on the role: Set-up 8-11:30am, Registration 10:30am-12:30pm, Clean-up 1-4pm
  • Mock Interview Day (Oct) Bring your recruiting, human resources and job readiness expertise to girls in our Job Readiness Employment Program for two rounds of practice interviews and small group feedback sessions. Up to 10-14 volunteers needed. Shift time 4-6pm.
  • WOC Career Panel (Nov) Women of color who would like to share their experience with entrepreneurship and leadership in the workforce are invited to talk with girls in our Job Readiness Employment Program. 6 volunteers needed. Shift time 4-6pm.
  • Job Readiness Meal Prep (T or Th, Oct-Nov) Help staff prepare meals in our small kitchen or deliver ready-made meals to girls and staff in our Job Readiness Employment Program. We can reimburse up to $30 per meal, or you can donate. You can sign up for one or more days over the 12 week span of each program. Shift time between 4-7pm.
  • Curriculum Copy Editing (Oct-Dec) 1-2 volunteers needed to review, suggest and make edits to our 11 module curriculum packet, a tool for youth development workers to use when facilitating their own girls groups. Work remotely on your own time.


Winter and Spring 2017
  • Adult Allies Crew (Jan-Apr) Join a cohort of 10-14 other adults committed to receiving training and supporting and learning with girls in group and one-on-one settings in our ActiveVistas Employment Program. Girls will research, create and present a workshop on a social-justice topic that impacts them. Shift times Thursdays, 4-7pm
  • Girlvolution Crew (Jan-Apr) Join a group of 6-10 volunteers, staff and interns to lead the production of our largest community engagement event of the year. Girlvolution invites the community to participate in collective dialogue and restorative change  facilitated by girls in our ActiveVistas program. Monthly meetings 6-8pm + apx. 5-10 hours/month.
  • Girlvolution (Various dates in Apr) A total of up to 125 volunteers are needed to successfully support the 250 youth and adults who attend the Girlvolution conference. Help out by being a dress rehearsal audience member, setting-up the venue, and/or providing day-of-event support. Shift times vary.
  • ActiveVistas Meal Prep (T or Th, Jan-Apr)  Help staff prepare meals in our small kitchen or deliver ready-made meals to girls and staff in our ActiveVistas Employment Program. We can reimburse up to $30 per meal, or you can donate. You can sign up for one or more days over the 12 week span of each program. Shift time between 4-7pm


Summer 2017
  • DYVAS Meal Prep (T, W, or Th, Jul-Aug)  Help staff prep meals in our small kitchen or deliver ready -made meals to girls and staff in our DYVAS Employment Program. We can reimburse up to $30 per meal, or you can donate. You can sign up for one or more days over the 8 week span of each program. Shift time between 4-7pm.
  • Luncheon Crew (Jul-Oct) Join a group of 6-10 volunteers and staff to produce our annual fundraising Luncheon at Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion. This crew of leaders will envision and coordinate decorations, graphics, audience engagement and registration procedures. Monthly meetings 6-8pm + apx. 5-10 hours/month.

Ready to get busy on the Girls Crew?
For more information and to put your name on an interest list, please email the volunteer opportunities you are interested in to Layla Taylor, Community Engagement Coordinator.


Your support makes it possible for Powerful Voices to invite girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a more just world.



We appreciate you!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Powerful Voices is seeking an Executive Director!

Powerful Voices is seeking an experienced leader who is personally and professionally committed to racial equity work and social justice for girls. Powerful Voices’ next Executive Director will have the passion and skills to lead and grow a small, progressive organization to make a big impact on the lives of individual girls, their schools and their communities.

Since 1995, Powerful Voices has been promoting social justice and addressing inequity at its root by promoting the individual potential of girls in Seattle. We will hire an Executive Director who shares our commitment to helping girls be proud of who they are as they become leaders and change makers in their communities.

Powerful Voices invites girls to realize their dreams, engage their communities, and shape a more just world. At Powerful Voices we focus our services on girls and those who identify as or are socialized as girls between ages 12 and 18 who are most impacted by poverty, violence, and other systemic forms of oppression. As a result, 96% of our participants are girls of color and 88% live with a low income, usually in central and south Seattle. We offer a wide range of evidence-based services, from case management to peer support to employment opportunities, all with the goal of helping strong girls become strong women. Specifically, Powerful Voices works to build positive girl culture and prevent girls from experiencing violence, equipping girls with tools to build personal power. Here are just some of the proven impacts of our programs.

  • Girls feel proud of who they are.
  • Girls make safe and healthy choices.
  • Girls build safe and healthy relationships.
  • Girls succeed in school and life.
  • Girls become leaders and change makers.
  • Girls and allies work together for justice and equity in their communities.


Our programs are based on the vision that all girls will live healthy and personally meaningful lives in a society that values them. Powerful Voices serves approximately 75 girls per year through three intensive direct service programs, and reaches over 300 more through community engagement and advocacy work.  Powerful Voices currently has an annual operating budget of $609,000 and employs nine staff. 

Download the full posting for position and application details:
Powerful Voices Executive Director Position

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Introducing our Interim Director, Jennifer Bright!

Hello friends and supporters of Powerful Voices!

We are VERY excited to welcome Jennifer Bright as our new Interim Executive Director. Jennifer brings nearly 30 years of social justice work to our organization and will help guide us until a new Executive Director is installed.





"I've long admired Powerful Voices for their amazing work, which is so deeply girl-centered and grounded in the values and practices of anti-oppression and social justice,” says Jennifer. “I'm thrilled to be part of this community for the next few months during such an important time of transition."

Jennifer is Co-Founding Principal and Consultant at Luma Consulting. She serves nonprofits and foundations as an advisor, facilitator and interim executive director. Her clients have included The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Youth Care, the Initiative for Diversity and Children’s Alliance and she brings strong experience to our mighty nonprofit.

Our board and staff are happy to have such a skilled and dedicated non-profit leader join the team.



Thank you!

--Yeletta

Yeletta Banks
Board President
Powerful Voices