GirlGov, created by teen women for teen women, is designed to provide local girls with the opportunity to learn, first hand, about government and social change philanthropy. Participants will shadow a state legislator for the day and learn about current public policy issues impacting women’s and girls’ lives in our region. The program is open to all girls entering 9th to 12th grade in the Fall of 2012 who live in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Past GirlGov participants are welcome to apply. Transportation, overnight accommodations, and meals are included; there is no fee to participate.
This year’s program was our biggest and best yet! Participants had opportunities to:
- Shadow a state legislator for a day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg;
- Learn about philanthropy and grantmaking, and award $10,000 to local girl-led projects;
- Explore nonprofit and government career options;
- Discuss issues affecting women and girls with key decision makers;
- Meet and hear from accomplished women working in and with government;
- Become (more) involved in community civics;
- Most of all — have fun!
GirlGov is a program of the Women and Girls Foundation, and has been generously supported by the Chevron Community Fund, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Eden Hall Foundation, FISA Foundation, Grable Foundation, and PNC.
- Top Ten Tips for Local Advocacy
- Top Ten Tips for Social Change
- Political links from WGF
- Recommended Reading list from ElectWomen Magazine
- Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy (PCWPPP) at Chatham University
- Pennsylvania Commission for Women
- League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
- League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
- Local Government Academy
- Women’s Law Project