GirlGov is WGF’s successful civic engagement program designed to ignite high school-aged women and femme’s passion for social justice; cultivate their critical thinking, spark their interest in careers in public service, build their understanding of history and government, and prepare them as our next generation of voters, leaders, and change-makers. We accept teens from anywhere in Southwest PA and are proud to announce that we have a diverse cohort of participants from over 40 different high schools. The entire GirlGov program is offered free of charge.
In a typical year, GirlGov kicks off in September with our Fall Retreat in Pittsburgh. The program continues with twice monthly meetings in Pittsburgh. During these meetings, representatives from local advocacy organizations mentor participants in developing and implementing their own advocacy campaigns related to issues in their communities. The program culminates with a trip to Harrisburg in June, where GirlGovers meet with and shadow elected officials at the state capital.
Currently, due to COVID, we are holding our program in a hybrid format.
Contact our Director of GirlGov Programs Alexis Walker with any questions at email@example.com.
Read the GirlGov 2020 Alumni Impact Report →
The 2022-23 GirlGov Cohort is currently advocating on the following issues:
- gender equity
- people and the environment
- youth mental health
Moments in the Movement
[Image description: a multiracial group of GirlGov teens at a small conference room. They are standing behind a panel of speakers at a long table. The GirlGovers are dressed in formal clothing.]
[Image description: a multiracial group of GirlGov teens outside at an obstacle course. They are wearing red GirlGov shirts and yellow hard hats. They are all wear masks to stay safe.]
[Image description: a multiracial group of GirlGov teens standing in a lawn at a concrete building. They’re standing together for a group photo.]
[Image description: a multiracial group of 9 GirlGov teens standing beside each other outside for a photo. It is sunny out and they’re standing on the road in a neighborhood.]