One of the many concerns for parents and educators right now is that we don’t know what media content our kids are absorbing while they’re scrolling. Is it healthy? Is it harmful, possibly scary? Where can girls even go right now to find content that will inspire and uplift them? Together, a group of nonprofits that serve girls from coast to coast came up with some picks from our staff and girl participants. Below is our “best of” choices, categorized by the focus of each nonprofit.
We have included a link to donate to each of the nonprofits as well. All of us have had to cancel our in-person programming this spring and lost some of our main revenue streams. We’ll continue creating supportive resources like this for girls and parents, and we’d be grateful if you’d consider giving!
Chica Project (focus on young Latinas & other WOC)
Mission: Close the opportunity divide for Latinas and other Women of Color by empowering them with the skills, confidence, and network necessary to thrive personally and professionally.
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.chicaproject.com
- Real Women Have Curves (movie)
- weallgrowlatina (on Instagram)
- massy.arias (Instagram health coach)
- miss_rizos (Instagram hairstylist/activist)
- Clap When You Land (book by Elizabeth Acevedo)
Girls Leadership (focus on leadership)
Mission: Equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice, through in-person programs, free online resources, and original research.
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.girlsleadership.org
The suggestions below are based on the Girls Leadership Bookclub. These page-turning stories involve characters who face challenges, stand up for themselves, and grow in a variety of ways:
Girls Rock Campaign Boston (focus on music)
Mission: Empower girls, women, and youth and adults with marginalized gender identities to believe in themselves by building a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance.
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.girlsrockboston.org
- Instagram for 9-yr-old rockstar Nandi Bushell
- She Shreds Magazine (may contain some topics & language that are for more mature audiences)
- Tom Tom Magazine: (may contain some topics & language that are for more mature audiences)
- Dear Young Rocker Podcast (may contain some topics & language that are for more mature audiences)
Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking (focus on film)
Mission: Achieve intersectional gender equity in filmmaking. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking.
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org
- Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season 1 on Pacific Pulse PACIFIC PULSE, a collection of short films that celebrates bold, innovative and beautifully told stories that explore diverse perspectives of the Pacific Islander experience, is streaming Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi Season 1.
- 11 TV Shows Feminists Should Watch While Social Distancing
- A Magnificent List of 111 Female-Hosted Podcasts (And Counting)
- Women Make Movies Virtual Film Festival A virtual film festival to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth extended through April
- 10 Ted Talks Talks on Modern Feminism These essential talks delve into the intricacies of feminism, examining everyday realities in the pursuit of equality.
MEDIAGIRLS (focus on social media)
Mission: Teach girls & young women to know their self-worth and harness the power of media to uplift one another
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.mediagirls.org
Our five suggestions (recommended by our teen Youth Advisory Board):
- Netflix Party Chrome Extension: allows friends to watch Netflix remotely so you can have movie nights together.
- Yoga with Adriene: Free, high-quality yoga on YouTube to gain perspective and assist you in creating a rhythm of balance and ease.
- Game Pigeon (imessage game), series of fun multiplayer games can play with friends
- Instagram’s Info Beau: David McCandless’ data visualizations and information graphics, making sense of the world.
- Loona: an app aimed at making you feel relaxed, calm and happy (perfect before going to sleep)
Science Club for Girls (focus on science)
Mission: Foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programming and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in STEM.
Learn more and sign up for e-letter: www.scienceclubforgirls.org
ThinkGive (focus on kindness)
Mission: Inspiring young people to use kindness to engage with their world.
Learn more sign up for e-letter: www.thinkgiveproject.org
- Brene Brown on the challenge of finding deep compassion for others and the pay-off it provides.
- What is Kindness? (Give to a member of your family)
- Animal Odd Couple. A dog and an elephant have formed a powerful friendship at an animal sanctuary.
- Grateful. The song makes you realize and appreciate all the small things that make up the incredible fabric of our lives.
- Kindness, a connecting force for good!
We hope this list will bring some positivity and inspiration to your family, and that you will consider sharing this list with other parents of pre-teen and teen girls! If you have selections of your own to add, please find us on our social media (found on homepage of each organization) to let us know! The more we can all help each other, the better.