Empowering girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking
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.
partnerships with schools and educators
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.
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.
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.