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HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN

Girls & nonbinary youth cause a ruckus!

aka Hardy Girls   |   Waterville, ME   |  https://hardygirls.org

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Mission

Hardy Girls takes girls and nonbinary 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 girls causing a ruckus.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Adrienne Carmack

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

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

Coalition Groups & Muse Program

A curriculum-guided program for middle school girls that is facilitated by college student "Muses". Coalition groups meet weekly, on location in schools and other contracted public spaces across Maine. Group discussions include such topics as: media literacy, gender identity, allyship & building coalition with peers, and social action. The Coalition Groups program utilizes the curriculum ‘From Adversaries to Allies: A Curriculum for Change‘, authored by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D and Mary Madden, PhD. This curriculum was updated in 2023 with consultation from Dr. Brown and assistance from Feminist Action Board members.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

The Feminist Action Board (FAB) program is for girls and nonbinary youth in grades 9-12. FAB members meet monthly throughout the academic year to form coalition in spaces where their voices are heard and amplified. Over the course of the year, FAB members plan, produce and ultimately facilitate workshops that they design specifically for self-identified girls in grades 4-8. The workshops are then presented annually at our 3-day Be You Boldly! spring conferences. FAB provides opportunities for leadership experience, activist tabling, speaking engagements, and coalition with peers from across the state. FAB members also collaborate with Hardy Girls' staff to ensure that the organization remains current and actively engaged in addressing the challenges facing all girls today.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people
Children and youth

The Be You Boldly! spring conferences are held annually over 3 days in 3 different geographic regions in Maine. Attendees are self-identified girls in grades 4-8. Each conference runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and conferences are celebrated by teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators as unique field-trip experiences where girls are able to fully be themselves. Members of the Feminist Action Board (FAB) plan and facilitate workshops that they design specifically for the 4th-8th graders. Attendees participate in 2 self-selected workshops, and they also have opportunities to engage with social action activities at the Action Spot Stations.

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.
  • 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

  • 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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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HARDY GIRLS HEALTHY WOMEN

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Faith Barnes


Board co-chair

Kathleen Dodge

Faith Barnes

LCSW

Lisa VanDyk

Maine Med

Deb Soifer

retired

Valerie Brock

Community Member

Melanie Pearson

Covenant Health

Maya Brown

Attorney

Izzy Bailey

Maine CDC

Farzeen Sheikh

Community Member

Kathleen Dodge

Unum

Lauren Holleb

UMA

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 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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.