HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN

Where g*rls cause a ruckus

aka Hardy Girls   |   Waterville, ME   |  www.hghw.org

Mission

Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls & gender expansive youth seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us. Our vision is g*rls causing a ruckus.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Kelli McCannell

Main address

PO Box 821

Waterville, ME 04903 USA

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EIN

01-0538121

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Girls Coalition Groups

Comprised of middle school girls and adult muse facilitators, the groups meet weekly to create a coalition of girl allies and to reduce girlfighting by discussing media literacy and how to proactively change the culture through social action projects, such as creating their own ‘zine or drafting a sexual harassment policy for their school. The groups also discuss what it means to be an ally and ways to support all girls and each other. The Girls Coalition Groups are based on the curriculum ‘From Adversaries to Allies: A Curriculum for Change‘, authored by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D and Mary Madden, PhD.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

The GAB program is composed of young women from 9th to 12th grades who apply to become members. Girls work with the board of directors, executive director, and director of programs to plan events, make sure programs at Hardy Girls Healthy Women cover what girls need and want, and work on changing the world to make it more girl friendly and positive for girls to grow in. GAB provides opportunities for leadership experience, engaging in social action projects, and keeping the organization current on challenges facing girls today.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Girls Rock! Weekend consists of a series of events aimed at celebrating girls’ voices and achievements while educating them about important issues. GRW14 -2Events in the past have included a film screening, open-mic poetry mashup, live music concert and our annual Girls Unlimited! Conference.

In April 2008, Hardy Girls Healthy Women hosted the first annual Girls Rock! Weekend – an opportunity for girls of all ages to come together to meet one another, be inspired, learn media literacy skills, and think critically about messages they get about body image and relationships. Participants also had opportunities to create their own media.

In its second year, Girls Rock! brought even more girls from the greater Waterville area together and experienced coalition, violence prevention, critical thinking skills, and how to create the world they want for all girls.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    girls & gender expansive folks in Maine adult influencers of g*rls' environments

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We offered a casual drop in meeting group for young people rather than an ongoing one of the same people who sign up for the school year. Young people told us it was hard to predict what their schedules would be and they were hesitant to sign up for an ongoing commitment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Because we strive to be youth-led, our Girls Advisory Board (GAB - high schoolers) are included in many different ways with the organization. We ask for their input on most things from graphics to content to new programs. Additionally, we ask for feedback from the participants in other programs and provide that to GAB.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Faith Barnes


Board co-chair

Valerie Stone

Chelsea Ellis

Blue Marble Graphics

Faith Barnes

LCSW

Jeannette Eaton

The Telling Room

Valerie Stone

Community Member

Meg Charest

AmeriCorps

Amna Sheikh

student

Katie Tuohy

Colby College student

Katy Dodge

USM student

Lisa VanDyk

Maine Med

Deb Soifer

retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.