GirlGov is WGF’s successful civic engagement program for those who identify as high-school aged young women interested in developing as our next generation of leaders, advocates, and change-makers.
This year-long program, includes an innovative civics and social justice curriculum, hands on experience in advocacy, and many opportunities to partner with and learn directly from community leaders and elected officials. This entire program is offered free of charge!
GirlGov kicks off in September with our Fall Retreat in Pittsburgh. This year, guest panelists included Mayor Peduto, State Representatives Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, and Dean of Pitt’s Honor’s College Audrey Murrell. 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. For example, this year:
- The Racial Justice Committee is being mentored by the Alliance for Police Accountability to address policies related to school discipline,
- The Health and Environment Committee is being mentored by the Group Against Smog and Pollution to address air quality,
- The Education Justice Committee is being mentored by the Education Law Center to advocate for resources for mental health and the socio-emotional well-being of students, and
- The Freedom From Violence Committee is being mentored by the Women’s Law Center to advocate for the rights of immigrants.
The program culminates with a trip to Harrisburg in June, where GirlGovers meet with and shadow elected officials at the state capital.
If you are a female identifying high-school student in Southwest PA who wants to work towards equity and justice for your community, city, region, state, nation, or world, this is the program for you!