Hardy Girls Healthy Women
177 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901 (Next door to Selah Tea)
Phone: 207-861-8131 Fax: 207-615-0514 Email: email@example.com
Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit dedicated to the healthy development of girls. HGHW takes girls seriously and puts the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. We dare adult allies to join us in standing with girls. Our vision is girls causing a ruckus. Our vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, we create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services to empower them.
Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources, and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development. Much of that research comes from the work of Hardy Girls co-creator Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. You can download Lyn Mikel Brown’s keynote address “Cultivating Hardiness Zones for Adolescent Girls” by visiting the Hardy Girls website at www.hghw.org.
Although many, if not most, national programs designed to support girls in the past 15 years have focused on self-esteem and other internal, psychological issues, HGHW is one of the few programs that addresses girls’ lives in relational and social contexts. We believe that it is not the girls, but rather the culture in which they live that is in need of repair. The developmental psychology concept of “hardiness” shifts attention from the individual to their environment, families, schools, and community organizations as the key agents of change in girls’ lives.
Our goal is to connect girls to these environments, while transforming their surroundings into safer havens. By providing parents, teachers, and community members with as many possible resources and skills available to us, we first raise awareness about their capacity to serve as agents of change, and then enlist their action.
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