Girls Grantmaking and Civic Engagement Programs Equip Local High School Girls to Give Back and Spark Change in Their Communities

Girls Grantmaking and Civic Engagement Programs Equip Local High School Girls to Give Back and Spark Change in Their CommunitiesA nationally recognized girls' grantmaking program, the Girls Advisory Board (GAB) provides local high school girls entering 10th or 11th grade with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the deep and varied needs in their communities and equip themselves with the skills needed to address them.

WEST CHESTER, PA — Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is accepting applications for two programs open to interested high school girls in Chester County – our award-winning Girls Advisory Board grantmaking and leadership program, and our GirlGov Chester County program focused on civic engagement, advocacy and policy work in the community – during the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for both programs are available online at http://ccwomenandgirls.org/girls-programming/ and will be accepted until Friday, June 5th.

Read more about our program offerings and access the applications below:

1. Girls Advisory Board (GAB) 

A nationally recognized girls’ grantmaking program, GAB provides local high school girls entering 10th or 11th grade with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the deep and varied needs in their communities and equip themselves with the skills needed to address them. Over the past 16 years, GAB has awarded over $260,000 to agencies that target the needs of women and girls through innovative services to tackle issues like poverty, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. As a member of GAB, each participant will:

  • Learn about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to your local community
  • Make new friends from different schools and communities in Chester County
  • Discuss pressing social issues with peers
  • Meet non-profits doing ‘boots on the ground’ work for women and girls
  • Collaborate with peers to fund $20,000 to local organizations through strategic grantmaking
  • Participate in community service activities
  • Get to know influential women in our community
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If selected, the program is free to all participants and accepted girls are also able to participate in GAB for up to two years.

2. GirlGov Chester County

GirlGov Chester County is a civic engagement program that provides local high school girls entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade with an opportunity firsthand to learn about civics, government, advocacy, policy, and leadership. As a member of GirlGov Chester County, each participant will:

  • Work with peers to develop and lead their own advocacy campaigns
  • Make new friends from different schools and communities in Chester County
  • Meet local and state elected officials
  • Get to know influential women in our community
  • Take a culminating advocacy trip to Harrisburg to meet with legislators about issues that matter to them

Due to a growing interest among high school girls in our programs to be involved in advocacy and policy work, CCFWG has partnered with the Women and Girls Foundation in Pittsburgh to start this chapter of its popular GirlGov program right here in Chester County. We are excited to bring this offering to local high school girls again this year. If selected, program participants will be asked to contribute $100 – if they are able to do so – toward the Harrisburg trip in June 2021. Financial support will be available for those who need it. Accepted girls may participate in GirlGov Chester County for up to two years.

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Applications for both GAB and GirlGov Chester County programs will be accepted via the CCFWG website at http://ccwomenandgirls.org/girls-programming/ until Friday, June 5th. Applicants may only apply for ONE of the above programs. The selection process takes place in late June-early July, and applicants will be notified about final decisions in August. Both programs begin in September. However, we will be closely monitoring COVID-19 guidelines and will move our meetings to a virtual format if needed. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact coordinator Maeve Kelly at [email protected].

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GirlGov Chester County is a civic engagement program that provides local high school girls entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade with an opportunity to learn firsthand about civics, government, advocacy, policy and leadership.

CCFWG Hosts Virtual Girls in Action Summit to Educate Teen Girls on Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Women and Girls

On Monday, May 18th, CCFWG held its Second Annual Girls in Action Summit! Over 50 girls from all over Chester County, many of them GAB and GirlGov members, attended virtually for a meaningful and impactful experience. Attendees heard from and interacted with star athlete and Philadelphia native Mo’ne Davis, learned from their peers and local non-profit leaders about how COVID-19 is impacting women and girls in our community, and used their collective voice to award two $500 grants to the Chester County OIC and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. Thank you to event sponsors Chester County Women’s Commission, Capacity for Change, 2120 Creative, Helena Astolfi, Judi and Tim Bell, and Commissioner Marian Moskowitz for bringing this virtual event to life. View a recording of the Summit and our comprehensive Resource Guide for teens at ccwomenandgirls.org/girls-programming/.

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