Chesco Fund for Women & Girls offers two programs for girls

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls has announced it will offer two programs to local high school girls in Chester County - the award-winning Girls Advisory Board and a new GirlGov Chester County program focused more heavily on policy and advocacy work in the community.

A 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. 

• Learn about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to your local community
• Make new friends from different schools and communities throughout Chester County
• Discuss pressing social issues with your 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
• Get to know influential women in your community 

Over the past 15 years, GAB has awarded over $240,000 to agencies that target the needs of women and girls through innovative services to tackle issues like poverty, illiteracy, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. 

GAB runs from September 2019 to February 2020, with meetings occurring on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. Accepted girls may participate in GAB for up to two years.

If selected, GAB is free to all participants.  

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. 

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

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 a new chapter of its popular GirlGov program right here in Chester County. We are excited to bring this offering to local high school girls this year.  

GirlGov Chester County* runs from September 2019 to June 2020, with meetings occurring twice a month on weekday evenings throughout the school year. Day of the week and times will be determined based on the availability of participants. Accepted girls may participate in GirlGov Chester County for up to two years.  

*Participants will be asked to contribute $100 - if they are able to do so - toward the Harrisburg trip in June 2020. Financial assistance will be available for those who need it.

For more information, go here.


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