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Copyright © 2018, Girls Action Foundation.

ABOUT US

OUR STORY

Girls Action was founded as a start up in 1995 by three young women fresh out of school with an entrepreneurial spirit. We had no funding and no limitations.

 

Accessible to underprivileged girls, POWER Camp (as it was called then) encouraged girls to discover their power and create positive change in their lives and communities. Really listening to girls was the cornerstone of our success. Young women facilitators built trust with the girls. Girls came out of their shells and got smart about topics like media, discrimination, health, violence prevention, and body image.

 

Soon communities across Canada were contacting us, eager to exchange. We realized that with so many people wanting to make a difference for girls, a national organization could create a ripple effect benefitting even more girls. The founders of Girls Action imagined a strong force of girls’ initiatives across the country, and that is precisely what was built.

 

Since 2003, the Girls Action Network has grown from 20 to over 300 members in every province and territory. Girls Action has been a catalyst – seeding and training over 100 start-up girls’ programs. Today, together with local partners, Girls Action builds the skills and confidence of girls from coast to coast, including inner city, remote, and Northern communities.

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

INNOVATION

Our programs tackle the most relevant and important questions that concern girls and young women.

LEADERSHIP

We support the development of girls' and young women's leadership by facilitating access to resources, to a network of mentors, as well as developing new skills.

INCLUSION

We reach out to girls and young women that need it the most, everywhere in Canada: 90% of our participants come from marginalised communities, either in the North, remote areas or in urban environments.

CHANGE

We encourage the understanding and breaking down of all barriers, especially the ones of poverty, racism and violence.

CREATIVE FORCE

Our work encourages the reinforcement of girls' and young women's empowerment in their everyday lives and communities.

“Girls have an innate ability to be change-makers. They just need a strong support system, willing and respectful adults to work with, and the freedom to take space to be seen and heard.” 

IMPACT STORIES

—  Andrea Canales-Figueroa, Vancouver BC

OUR TEAM

Natasha first joined Girls Action

as a network member during

the Amplify training in 2011.

Jenn has several years of experience crafting digital strategies for non-profit

and advocacy organizations.

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Djamilla Touré

Project officer

Djamilla aims to encourage young Canadian women to dare, to become the best version of themselves and to be constantly proud of their achievements.

The Girls Action Foundation is made up of a dynamic team of energetic, creative, and motivated young women who are passionate about changing the world, especially the world of girls!

The organization has been steadily growing over the years – have a look through the team bios to get a sense of the people who make Girls Action what it is!

OUR FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

Girls Action is grateful for the many companies, foundations, individuals, and agencies that support girls' and young women's empowerment. The following funders and donors have made our work possible through financial and in-kind contributions.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christine Caines,
Director

Clinical Counsellor

Gilda Boffa,
Director

Translator, Interpreter, Belly Dance Instructor

Ericka Navarro Ho-Sang,

Chair

(Consultant) (TO)

Perfect Balance Canada

Lambrini Soulos,

Vice-Chair

Executive Director

Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society BC

Jillian Kifoil,

Secretary/Treasurer

Executive Director
Women's Network (PEI)