Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Girls

This week we asked girls from our group at Mercer Middle School to tell us how Powerful Voices has helped them grow.  "I feel more confident," one student said.  Another student shared, "...sometimes I would force myself to have a boyfriend just to not be single.  But after this group I don't do that.  I'm not going to find a boy to not feel single.  I'm going to find someone I like."

How is Powerful Voices so successful at helping girls gain confidence, build healthy relationships and increase skills that help them in school and life?   It's all about our commitment to providing high quality programming.  That means we provide a safe and supportive space where girls build relationships with each other and take on meaningful leadership roles in group.  Research has found that participation in youth development programs can positively influence social, emotional, and academic outcomes for youth but only when the quality of the program is high.  

In 2009, Powerful Voices was selected as a grantee of the Raikes Foundation and participated in King County's first cohort of the Youth Program Quality Initiative.  Our involvement in the initiative formally ended in 2011, but our commitment to quality continues.  Each year our programs undergo an external assessment of our program quality.  This year, we are proud to report that our scores in all four quality domains exceed the national average of data from 1,263 other programs.  

We are proud of our staff team and grateful to the Raikes Foundation for their investment in helping us sustain high quality programming to help strong girls become strong women.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

giveBIG 2013

When you make a donation to Powerful Voices through our giveBIG page anytime on May 15, the Seattle Foundation will use contributions from its sponsors to match a percentage of the contributions, making a BIG impact on the lives of girls!

  - $25 sponsors one girl to attend our annual Girlvolution Conference
  - $50 prints 100 Zines created by DYVAS employment program
  - $100 buys art supplies for one girls group
  - $200 gets a girl case management services for 1 month
  - $500 pays for 12 girls to do a ropes course together
  - $1,000 pays for one Girl Justice Training for 20 youth workers
  - $5,000 sponsors 1 AmeriCorps Member to serve 30 girls/year

Monday, April 1, 2013

Highlighting superstar alumna, Tyra!

Powerful Voices is highlighting alumna Tyra, who was involved in our ActiveVistas program at age 16.  When Powerful Voices thinks of Tyra words like caring, funny, creative, intelligent, and ambitious come to mind. Read on to hear what she is up to now, how PV had an impact on her, and what she thinks about girls and the world!  

Tyra in 2010 (far right) with some of her coworkers, Abrey, Itaska, Weenta, and Timmesha at the first ever Girlvolution conference!

Where are you now and what are you doing?
Right now I'm at home, eating this apple lol.. just playing! I'm working all the time saving up tons! Crossing my fingers I get accepted into Americorps in Pittsburgh! Yes the East coast  I need to get away for a bit, I also have family out there.

How did you get involved with Powerful Voices?
During group in another organization I was involved in [The Service Board-TSB], a mentor, Sarah, made an announcement about Powerful Voices hiring young ladies for ActiveVistas so I applied for the job.

What was your first impression of Powerful Voices?
It looked mad chill and I wondered why I never heard about this years ago?! 

Looking back, how did Powerful Voices impact your life?
Getting my attention on situations and issues that affect girls and what we go through that need to be advertised more.

What is the best thing that has happened to you since being involved with Powerful Voices?
The best thing that has happened to me since being involved with Powerful Voices is realizing that I'm not alone.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
That I have never been on a plane before and that I'm from West Virginia, lol.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

What do you think are important issues affecting girls?
Violence, Stereotypes, Abuse, and Bullying.

What would you like to change about the world?
This is an essay type of answer, haha. I'm eating right now so honestly one of the first things that popped in my mind were prices on healthy/organic foods. Everyone wants to eat healthier but it's more expensive than the non-healthier foods. 

What is your dream for girls?
To run the world.