Daughter Resources

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Resources for Parents and Their Daughters

Audrey Brashich
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.


Braincake’s Girl Blog

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Common Sense Media

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
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.

Girl Start

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.

Girl Zone
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.

Packaging Girlhood

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
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.

Sally Rides Science

Shaping Youth

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.


  1. Karen Hettlinger said,

    February 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Do you have Journey Camp listed? Has a summer camp just for girls involving art, crafts, singing, nature… “helps girls to value herself and develop her own gifts” and also overnight camp for girl teens and young counselor training week. See http://www.sarapirtle.com.


  2. Kelly sullivan said,

    November 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    This is an excellent resource for parents and their daughters


  3. March 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Girls Unlimited! 

    Contact: Karina B. Heart, Director
Email: Karinabheart@gmail.com
    Website: http://karinabheart.com/events/girls-unlimited/

    Girls Unlimited emphasizes the personal power of girls at a time when everything is at stake! From the ages of 9 – 14, girls are trying to define who they are against a back-drop of peer pressure, media pressure, hormonal changes and so many new challenges. Girls Unlimited helps girls believe they can make excellent choices, celebrate their uniqueness and live their most magnificent dreams. Indoor education and outdoor activities.
    Monday – Friday 9a.m. – 5p.m.
    July 9-13 for girls ages 9-11.
    July 16-20 for girls ages 12-14.

    Limited space available. Register by June 15. Call or visit the website for more information and a registration packet. Give your girl the opportunity to claim her unlimited potential this summer!


  4. January 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Mommy & Me Yoga
    Winter Session: Wednesdays 10:15-10:45am
    Sping Session: Tuesdays 10:15-10:45
    Moms and kids ages 4-12 years.
    Low cost fun: $10/mom with 1 child; $5/additional child
    Prakasa Yoga Studio
    152 BAll Road Goshen, Ma


  5. Ann Hackler said,

    September 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    The Institute for the Musical Arts is a nonprofit teaching, performing and recording facility located in Goshen, MA. Its mission is to support women and girls in the field of music and music-related business. As part fulfilling that mission, it offers “Rockin’ the Summer” residential rock ‘n roll programs for girls and young women ages 9-21.
    For more information on our summer programs contact Executive Director, Ann Hackler at 413-268-3074 or through email: info@IMA.org


  6. September 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

    ArtStar:: Creative Arts Lounge is located in Williamsburg,Ma. in the private art studio of artist, ArtTherapist and local parent Marie Westburg. At ArtStar all classes are geared towards providing a unique, high quality experience in art with a focus on social/emotional development. Kids have some outdoor time, a healthy snack and make beautiful art you will want to keep forever!


    We will spend 6 weeks creating art about ourselves. We will celebrate who we are, what friendship means to us, build on self-esteem and collaborate in making exciting art works. We will draw, paint, sew, sculpt, write and more….! Your daughter will have a lot of fun while gaining self-assurance, social skills and a sense of empowerment through group connection. Mediums include clay, batik, Silk-Screening, painting, felting, embroidery, etc.

    Wednesdays 3:30-5:15 (ages 7-12)

    Sept 15th-Oct.20th,

    $120 (snack and materials included)

    ArtStar also offers private lessons,Home School classes, custom workshops, adult level classes and art parties!
    To register/ for questions or more info. on offerings at ArtStar see artstarlounge.com, email artstarmarie@verizon.net or call 413-896-3709


  7. December 31, 2009 at 7:18 am

    New Moon is looking for new members to join their Girls Editorial Board (GEB)! Girls ages 8 – 13 can apply, and they can be from anywhere in the world, as long as you have daily access to email and NewMoon.com. There are a few things you should know before you apply. Click here to read more.

    The deadline for girls, ages 8 to 13, to apply is: January 3, 2010.


  8. June 4, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Engineer Your Life

    This “guide to engineering for high school girls” provides reasons for entering the engineering field, profiles of women engineers, steps for exploring engineering study, and profiles of careers in fields such as aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering. Includes material for engineers, counselors, and parents, and a link to an engineering website for middle-school girls. From a coalition of engineering companies, organizations, and universities, produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering.
    URL: http://EngineerYourLife.org


  9. April 4, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Bring GO GIRLS! to a School Near You

    Through their participation, GO GIRLS! team members strengthen their self-esteem and body image while discovering their voices can effect social, political and personal change. Introduce this curriculum into your school, community organization, or create an after-school club and help shape the media landscape!



  10. September 7, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Girls’ Health – http://www.girlshealth.gov
    Choose a topic and learn how girls can stay safe and healthy.


  11. Girls Inc of Holyoke said,

    May 15, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    GEM (Girls Embracing Mentors) Helping girls ages 5-18 who have a family member incarcerated. Call Jenny Whitley at 413-533-0796 x112.


  12. March 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Hilltown families,

    Please find local Girl Scout news and information at our new website;

    Thank you!


  13. June 19, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Girl club guidance

    Girls are more apt to talk about challenges they face when they’re in a friendly group setting with peers who are going through similar experiences. But it’s often hard for girl advocates to figure out how to facilitate such a group—and keep girls engaged and focused on key topics during meetings. The Texas girl empowerment group GENAustin reaches hundreds of Austin middle-school girls at 16 after-school groups for middle-school girls (they’re aiming to get a girls’ group in every Austin middle school). They’ve gathered their collected wisdom in a girls’ group guide. Their manual offers loads of activities and guidance on issues including body image, friendships, family relationships, dating, media messages, stress, goal-setting, and more. If you’re an adult who wants to get girls thinking, talking, and growing stronger, check it out at http://www.genaustin.org/public/content/store/store.asp


  14. April 18, 2007 at 6:51 am


    Reading a book isn’t the same thing as experiencing a book. You know what we mean. There’s a reason why we readergirlz are known to shove books at our best friends: books that have rocked our world, books that have revealed our souls, books that are gifts of the heart.

    So here’s the official readergirlz Manifesta: what we stand for, what we believe, what we promise YOU:

    * Readergirlz is about having serious fun while talking about books with the author and your friends!

    * Readergirlz is about getting the inside scoop about why the novel was written, the tears and joys and real-world angst that the author has lived and layered into her story.

    * Readergirlz is about reading great books to get to know yourself, your friends, and yes, even your mother, better.

    * Readergirlz is about celebrating strong girls in books who’ve got the guts to dream.

    * Readergirlz is about reaching out to others based on what you’ve read.

    * And most of all, readergirlz is about inspiring girls to make history of their own!


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