The Girls Action Effect

This year Girls Action celebrated its 25th anniversary, and as we look forward to the next 25 years and beyond, we are doubling down on our commitment to create programs that address the changing realities and most pressing issues facing girls, young women, and gender diverse youth across Canada. We are committed to centering the voices of youth from the most marginalized communities, particularly those who identify as QTBIPOC, and to creating systems that ensure that the perspectives, voices, and lived experience of youth is integrated into our programs in a meaningful way, including being intentional about supporting the creation of programs by and for youth.

  1. Becoming a recurring donor, committee to making a monthly donation 

  2. Make a donation

  3. Fund a leadership capacity grant ($250, $500, or $1000) to support a youth-led social change project 

  4. Sponsor a Radical Self-care Basket for racialized young women and those with lived experiences of misogyny in Montreal who have experienced hardships, difficulties and social exclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. Get your friends and family involved and create a Facebook fundraiser

  6. Signal boost our end of the year giving campaign, like, share, and retweet our social media posts; or forward our newsletter to your network

Why give to Girls Action?


GAF provides spaces for girls, young women and gender diverse youth to speak out, build skills, and create action on issues that are important and real to them. Our local girls* programs addressed violence prevention, health promotion, media literacy, and leadership. Our national leadership program offered long term investment and support to young women who are changemakers in their communities.


We provide our National Network Members with publications, resources, and practical support. Our programs include coaching, training, and networking opportunities that help develop community initiatives and girls’ programs. Our National Network fosters learning, connections, and collaborations that inform and direct our work.


To learn more about the Girls Action effect, you can check out our 25th Anniversary Impact Report.


2020 in review


Despite the current pandemic and the challenges it brings, we have managed to adjust our programming and offer diversified activities for girls, young women and gender diverse youth.

Here is a list of the different things that we have accomplished this year by and for the young people of our communities:

  • Activate Change, a virtual gathering of girls* programmers and youth leaders.

  • Right Now - Lotus Collective & Maliciouz, as part of our 25th anniversary, LOTUS Collective created this song accompanied by a video produced by 9:16 Stories and a mural painted by the artist Maliciouz.

  • Feminist Summer School, a fully virtual knowledge-building program on intersectional feminism in collaboration with Platform and Black, Indigenous, and racialized educators from across Canada. 

  • Partnership with the Arctic Youth Development Agency and Platform, a program to provide COVID-19 support for young women and gender-diverse youth in remote and rural communities including the distribution of care packages, virtual outreach activities to reach youth in need of support in the Northwest Territories and to build stronger relationships between organizations and youth in rural Ontario, and workshops focused on culturally appropriate and trauma-informed coping mechanisms.

  • Redéfinir le militantisme et être une bonne alliée en temps de pandémie, a virtual workshop which will provide ways for redefining activism and being a good ally in times of pandemic. Presented by two young women from the Haitian community of Montreal.

  • Louise Green of Big Fit Girl has chosen Girls Action as the recipient of funds raised through Reitmans "Wear Your Support" campaign.

  • Horace Jewelry unveils a collection of socks in collaboration with Robin des bas. For every pair sold, companies promise to give back 5$ to Girls Action Foundation, which is an organization whose causes are close to their hearts.

What to look forward to in 2021...


We are committed to continuing to support girls, young women and gender diverse youth frontline leaders, for as long as the organization allows, and more so during this pandemic. In particular by continuing to organize virtual workshops by and for the communities that we serve, by encouraging young artists and by offering them development opportunities.


It’s through the generosity of our members, friends and allies that support us, whether it has been for years or since the beginning of this pandemic, that we can make such a great impact and help those aspiring artists, leaders, changemakers and dreamers!