Monday, March 31, 2014

Bringing on a Girlvolution - ActiveVistas and Adult Allies

2014 Girlvolution Workshops

Racial Profiling
Teen Parents 
Media & Sexism
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Police Brutality
Juvenile Justice
The Impacts of Unhealthy Caregiver Relationships

Since the end of January 2014,  10 young women have been working at Powerful Voices on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 4-7pm. Recruited from program partner and funder, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), the youth live or go to school in central, west, and south Seattle. In Feburary, each ActiveVista (AV) was paired with an adult volunteer, or Adult Ally (AA), who supports and learns along side them throughout the program.  

In workshops facilitated by guest presenters, Employment Coodinator, Antasia Parker and Employment Assistant, Viche Thomas, AVs and their AAs explored issues that impact youth in our society such as racism, sexism, exploitation, violence, and relationships

Their job was to create, develop and facilitate an hour-long workshop on a topic related to women and girls’ health and safety. At Girlvolution, they share the result of their hard work and explorations in these topics. Join the Girlvolution - 100% youth-led, social justice conference - on April 12, 2014 from 10am-4pm. 

 2014 AA/AV Gallery

All photos by Bryn Mooney, 2014 AA

2014 AV/AA Team! 
Including Keiandra, Jacinda, Serena, and Bryn
(Not pictured below) 

 Tiche and Mirella

 Tiana and Emily

 Kelsey and Maren

 Amber and Veronica

 Kirby and Akea

 Tameka and Pamela

 Malena and Brittany

 Andi and Tymmony

Rebecka and Megan

Monday, March 17, 2014

Girlvolution and the Next Generation

The girl power movement is gaining momentum and it couldn’t be a better time. We need powerful women leaders and that means supporting the hopes, dreams and skills of young girls today. As luck would have it, an amazing conference is just around the corner designed to empower and lift up aspiring youth of all genders in Washington— Girlvolution, Powerful Voices' 5th annual, 100% youth-led, social justice conference on April 12, 2014.

I had a chance to volunteer for Girlvolution 2013 and was stunned and delighted by the confident young women I met. When girls can lead productive discussions with their peers and community about teen gangs and violence, sexual abuse, drug use, education and empowerment it is an achievement worth celebrating.

During an impressive series of workshops developed and run by these young women I saw a network of support and a unique environment for learning.  I watched these bright attendees embrace new ideas. They shared art, conversation, spoken word and food that created a strong sense of community. I had no doubt the conference would help propel many girls on a path of ongoing discovery.

As the mother of two girls, I was humbled and inspired by seeing girls speak out and speak up. I saw young ladies sharing their truth and opinions without fear. I felt so proud to be a witness. Sometimes on our best days, we don’t come close to the power and honesty I saw during this conference. I understood that this group of girls had the energy and courage to become a new generation of women leaders.

In a fast moving world where there are still barriers that discourage young women from speaking out, Girlvolution 2014 is an idea whose time has come. Don’t miss it.

--Kimberly Davis Koeller