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Empowering girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking

 
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Join the Girl Possible

Coaches Launchpad!

Be part of our free webinar on Saturday, November 2, 2019, geared toward new and active workshop coaches.

We’ll start at the intersection of design thinking and leadership, answer your questions, hear from experienced coaches, and more.

We believe that every girl has the potential to become a leader and create her own change. She just needs the right tools and inspiration.

Girl Possible (formerly Girls Driving for a Difference) is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit that delivers life-changing design thinking and leadership programming for thousands of girls globally.

We focus on middle-school—a time when girls’ confidence levels tend to drop the most. Through workshops, a summer camp, facilitator training, and more, Girl Possible helps girls embrace their natural leadership abilities and figure out how they can leverage design thinking to tackle real issues in their communities, from racial discrimination to cyber-bullying.

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partnerships with schools and educators

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girls empowered

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countries reached

 

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Our journey started with a cross-country road-trip, funded on Kickstarter.

In 2015, 516 backers contributed over $35,000 to our Kickstarter campaign, allowing us to jump in an RV and teach workshops across the nation. In 14 weeks, we crossed 32 states, coached 55 workshops, and reached more than 1,200 girls. We partnered with dozens of schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, sports teams, and Girl Scout troops, in addition to hosting pop-up events at libraries, museums, and innovation hubs. Five years later, we’re still working together, evolving our program to include a second workshop, a summer camp, and teaching toolkits.

Host a workshop

One of the best ways to support the Girl Possible mission is to host one of our design thinking & leadership workshops for girls in your community. We believe that teaching design thinking & leadership for girls should be fun, easy to learn, and accessible for everyone. That's why we've worked hard to package all our best practices together into Teaching Toolkits.

 

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Find Your Drive Workshop (Part 1)

In this workshop, girls identify their strengths, discover their unique leadership style, and reframe problems in the world as opportunities. Girls are able to bond, laugh, and be silly, while also discussing issues that matter most to them. Girls graduate with their own personal mission statement for improving the world.

The Find Your Drive Teaching Toolkit is a physical "workshop in a box" with all the materials / info you'll need to start teaching. The toolkit is paired with free video tutorials.

Make Your Mark Workshop (Part 2)

This workshop helps girls turn their mission statements into a reality. Girls break into teams, brainstorm ideas for creating change, and use fun arts & crafts supplies (like modeling clay and pipe cleaners) to physically prototype their solutions. Each girl graduates from the workshop with a prototype and an action plan they can use with their team to keep going.

The Make Your Mark Teaching Toolkit is a set of digitally downloadable materials covering all the info you'll need to prep for and teach this second workshop in our 2-part series.


We work in a school where 91% of our kids are on free and reduced lunch/breakfast and our population is very high need. Last year, our 7th grade girls struggled to get along. For the workshop, we brought 30 of these girls together with the idea of showing them their own strengths and the strengths of others.

Long story short, WE LOVED THIS WORKSHOP. Girls of all backgrounds with all sorts of history with each other came together. The staff who led the workshop were so pleased with how it went.

The girls created posters with mission statements that will be hung up in the hallways when they start school next week. We are going to continue working with the girls so they can make the changes they wrote on their mission statements.
— Maria Lantz, Harding Middle School (Des Moines, IA)
The toolkit is fantastic. It provides you with everything you need to run the workshop. I recommend laminating the cards so that they can be reused more. The Facilitation Guide provided clear instructions, and the videos on the G.D.D. site helped us to visually see the instructions in action. Well done, ladies.

For the workshop, we started with a group of girls who, for the most part, had no idea why they were really there. Mom/Dad said, “Hey, there’s this thing at work, you should go,” so they did. Now, our parents say their girls are still raving about the event and want to participate in the next one, now that they know how much fun and how cool it was to hang out at “Mom/Dad’s work” for a morning.

It was a LOT of fun. It was work and a labor of love. Seeing the joy and excitement on our girls’ faces made it worth the effort. We look forward to having a Saturday event in the fall.
— Sheilla Ferreira, Change Healthcare