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Resources for Parents and Their Daughters
Audrey wrote All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty, a book that explores popular definitions of female success and beauty, demystifies confusing media messages and offers teens strategies for making changes. Audrey has a blog that can be found on her web site too.
Dads and Daughters
An on-line resource, Dads and Daughters is committed to promoting supportive and healthy father-daughter relationships and providing tools and advocacy to fathers in order to help their daughters have greater opportunities for self-fulfillment. – Daughters provides parents of girls with information, guidance, and support to raise strong, self-confident daughters. Including tips about friendship, fighting and even safe movie and media choices, Daughters is a great resource for parents as well as professional who work with girls ages 8 to 18.
Girls Go Tech
In this campaign, girls are encouraged to develop and maintain an interest in math, science, and technology. The web site offers a booklet with tips for parents, science-related games, career information, and links to related sites. Also includes links to public service announcements (PSA). From the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSA). (LII)
Girls Only is a fun and exciting Web site for girls 5-12. Brought to you by Girl Scouts of the USA, the site is a safe place for girls to play games, take quizzes, ask questions, share their favorite stories, or send e-cards to friends and family. Updated regularly and designed with girls’ interests in mind, Girls Only gives girls a chance to express themselves and explore new ideas in a secure, fun environment.
Girl Scouts of Western MA
Based out of Leeds, MA. Girl Scouting is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, a social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
Girl Scouts of Western MA Yahoo!Group
Connecting Girl Scouts throughout Western Massachusetts with program news and information.
Girls vs. the Media
Hilltown Families of Western Massachusetts has compiled a list of on-line resources for parents and teachers that the APA & Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) have recommended to assist in the edification of media literacy, along with tools and resources to help teach their children.
A monthly webzine, Girl Zone includes articles written by girls, live chatrooms, advice for girls and contests. The interactive website allows girls to safely explore topics like getting ready for college, sports, music and literature. The site is youth friendly and safe, making it an ideal place for girls.
Guide to Raising and Understanding Girls
Theis PBS guide will help you understand your daughter’s inner and outer worlds. You’ll find out how to help her grow up powerful, self-confident, and self-aware — with a critical eye towards the messages the media is marketing to her.
Hearty Girls, Healthy Women
A nonprofit organization based out of Maine that is dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Our vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, our mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them. Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development.
I Exercise My Rights
Anything a mom needs to know about Title IX, and how to help insure that girls and boys are treated equally in education programs. Title IX is not yet a done deal. This site includes facts and myths and information about all-stars
Melpomene is dedicated to helping women and girls achieve adequate nutrition, physical activity, rest, and personal safety by removing barriers at the policy level and by introducing innovative practices at the community level. An on-line resource.
New Moon Magazine
Written for girls and by girls ages 8 to 14, New Moon is honest talk and inspiration from girls around the world. Both the publication and on-line resource encouraging girls to voice their opinions and learn about ideas from girls all around the world.
Courtney Macavinta, co-author of the critically acclaimed book RESPECT: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed authors this on-line resource.
Rosie’s Girls Summer Program in Barre, VT, is an exciting three-week day camp for girls entering 6th – 8th grade that challenges girls to push themselves past their own limits. Combining hands-on instruction in the skilled trades with a rich array of expressive arts activities, the camp allows girls to develop their own strength, power and confidence in an atmosphere that is fun, encouraging and positive.
Smart Girls Rock
An online community for girls who intend to make their mark and change this world for the better.
Step Forward – Step Ahead
An enrichment program at Elms College in Holoyke, MA, for middle school and high school girls from under-served populations who have high academic potential. It is a multifaceted, year-round program, which begins working with girls in the sixth grade, and continues working with them until they reach college age. Step Forward is the middle school level of the program, and Step Ahead is the high school level.
Take The Lead
Take the Lead is a program at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, MA, is designed for idealistic, action-oriented young women who want to make a difference in the world. It’s a long weekend of fun, highly interactive workshops and activities that build leadership skills. A diverse group of 40 high school juniors from across the country participates.
Teen Voices Online
Written by, for, and about teenage and young adult women, this magazine is “packed with original writing, poetry, and artwork by teen women from across the U.S. and around the world.” It includes articles on cultural harmony, motherhood, abusive relationships, health, art and culture, food, and literature. Other features include a bulletin board, book and music reviews, letters to the editor, an advice column, and horoscopes. Submissions are accepted from girls under 18. (LII)
Women In Media & News, a media analysis, education and advocacy group, working to increase women’s presence and power in the public debate. WIMN’s POWER Sources Project provides journalists with a diverse network of female experts. Check out their blog at the website too.
Ypulse provides daily news & commentary about Generation Y for media and marketing professionals, published by Anastasia Goodstein.