Hello GirlsBuild Community!
We're wishing you all good health and spirits as school is back in session! To start the new year, we're kicking it off with a Book Giveaway for current and past teams!
From Diana Kapp, the author of Girls Who Run the World (2019) comes a collection of brief profiles of women working tirelessly to reduce humanity’s impact on our planet.
To pre-order FREE copies to be sent to your school, please fill out linked survey while supplies last!
For more great engagement opportunities, check our recent Career Pathways Connection January newsletter.
A highlight event soon approaching is the first Info Workshop for The Internship Project taking place February 2nd at 4:30-5:15pm PT.
Hello Hello Coordinators!
I'm incredibly awed and downright humbled seeing everything your teams are doing.
The Radical Rosies from King-Drew High School have pre-registered 50+ of their students to vote. San Fernando High School's DIY Girls are coding and constructing their safety device. Chicas Verdes from Manual Arts High School are holding their famous farmer's markets to sell what they've produced at their school garden. Mujeres Con Animo from Animo Leadership Charter are making great progress on their documentary highlighting immigrant women's stories.
These teams are also incredibly consistent in highlighting their work and integrating social media into their project. We know your teams are doing amazing work and we want to see it as well - please look to update your websites and social media platforms regularly.
Panasonic Laptop Winners:
The winners of the Panasonic laptops are:
Girls Who Run the World by Diana Kapp: Coordinators will be individually contacted sometime in the next week to work out logistics of getting the books to them. We had more demand than we can currently meet - but the author is working on getting more books to those waitlisted teams.
Late Mid-Year Submissions: If you submitted your mid-year materials late, please expect your feedback + updates on your grants to arrive in your inbox sometime in the next week.
Thanks for all the work that you do,
NEW! Girls Build Master Calendar
Please use THIS LINK TO OUR MASTER CALENDAR to post your events and make them known to us. We will make every effort to attend and/or highlight them on our social media.
I'll send you an email checking up on the progress of your project from time to time. If you'd like to schedule a phone/video call with me to discuss ANYTHING, please use THIS LINK TO SIGN UP FOR A CHECK-IN.
End-of-Year Evaluation & Competition
Don't wait until May to get your website functional. Start updating it with the events that you've held, and collect data on relevant measures for your impact report. This year, we're awarding scholarships AND iPads, thanks to our supporters at Comcast.
CLICK HERE for everything you need to know about what we're looking for by May 3rd.
Maximize your End-of-Year Impact:
Here's another easy way to get engaged - get at least 20 people from your team and/or community to follow @girls_build AND your own team on Instagram and we'll award one extra bonus point on your end-of-year project. Keep track of this list and submit it to us in May.
Also - did you know we can repost your story only if you tag us in it? PLEASE TAG US @girls_build!
Ideas to get Engaged on Instagram:
WHO: LA County High School Juniors + Seniors
WHAT: Get placed into your dream summer, paid internship
WHEN: March 1, 2020
Description: An annual initiative of LA Promise Fund, The Intern Project (TIP) places deserving high school students in paid internships based on their skills and career interests paired with a company’s unique values and needs. Students apply online, then we make matching recommendations based on their interests and the company’s job description(s).
Interns also participate in college and career related workshops such as: financial aid and college app webinars, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and networking strategies workshops. We provide ongoing coaching to ensure their placement is successful.
Click HERE to apply.
WHO: Girls in LA County, Ages 14-18
WHAT: Free social change documentary filmmaking + community activism youth program
WHEN: Applications due April 20, 2020
Description: Over the course of five weeks, students learn how to create their own short documentary and how to use the medium of film to affect positive social-change in their communities.This is a free program to empower and equip girls interested in filmmaking and the arts.
They become the content creators for Women's Voices Now's Empathy-to-Action Film Club, guiding viewers to champion women’s and girls’ rights, locally and globally, one call to action at a time.
Additionally, they are holding a smaller workshop series on Feb 16 and March 1 in DTLA. Open to all girls ages 14-18 to sign up.
Click HERE to apply and find out more details.
Last week, the Radical Rosies from King/Drew Medical Magnet High School successfully held a voter registration drive that pre-registered 50 teens over two-days.
We saw how they leveraged their social media to raise awareness of the event, timed it with their school's basketball game to tap into an existing flow of people, and meaningfully engaged each registrant to take these amazing photos. This is a team looking to win it all. 🗳🇺🇸
Larchmont Charter School Girls Build undertook the classic bake sale to fundraise for their civic engagement project, which includes creating care packages for the homeless.
We encourage all teams to fundraise as part of their project - it is a key way to maximize your impact + sustainability! 💰 💵
G.A.L.S. - Giving And Leading, Succeeding from Alliance Alice M. Baxter College-Ready High School are saving the bees this year! To do it, they've also undertaken a fundraising effort selling kool-aid gummies. 🐝 🍭
Major props for, again - taking the steps beyond what's required to maximize your project impact and team sustainability.
Congratulations to all the Aspirations in Computing winners on our Girls Build teams. We know many of our schools had regional winners. Special shout out to Kary C from Lennox Math Science and Technology Academy who won the National Award! 🥇🔬
Look out for applications to open in September again for all our STEM girls to apply and get recognized.
Coordinator Grant Agreement + W9 Forms
Please look out for an email with the latest update and next steps on the Coordinator funding!
Team Grant Agreement + W9 Forms
Grant agreements and W9 forms have been sent to Site Coordinators and Principals via DocuSign for those who have filled out the grant agreement mailing preferences survey. We are currently processing your signed forms, and you will receive an email confirmation when payment has been sent out.
Deadline: ASAP (the due date was November 17, 2019)
Pre-Challenge Surveys: Students + Coordinators:
Please fill out the Coordinator Pre-Survey and have your students complete the Student Pre-Survey as soon as possible.
Deadline: ASAP (the due date was November 17, 2019)
Please send us copies of media release forms from all team members by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: December 15, 2019.
Right now, all teams should be deep within the planning phase of your project year. Use the training resources within your Retreat Guide found in your Starter Pack to prepare the three deliverables due to us by December 15, 2019, 11:59pm PST:
Click here to submit your drafts and link to website + social media.
Check out these opportunities handpicked by the Girls Build Team! If you don't match the criteria for any of these, don't worry. More is to come!
ENVIRONMENT + SUSTAINABILITY
Do you have a school garden? Innovate and re-purpose your school's milk cartons + win prizes!
Sponsoring Organization: Carton 2 Garden
Audience: Schools Nationwide
Description: Show off your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden through carton planters, garden art, irrigation system, etc. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living. The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 15 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.
Deadline: April 1, 2020, but get started ASAP!
ENVIRONMENT + SUSTAINABILITY - CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Make Beautifying Streets, Revitalizing Communities, and Learning Environmental Stewardship Your First Job
Sponsoring Organization: Los Angeles Conservation Corps' Clean & Green Program for Youth
Audience: 14-21 year old low-income students residing in the City of Los Angeles
When: Summer 2020
Description: Get your first paid job experience in environment, conservation, and community service-focused work experiences throughout the city of LA. Students will gain environmental work experience, build their skills and resume over a number of weeks or months through working at community beautification projects in all 15 LA City Council Districts.
Deadline: Rolling Deadline, but Apply ASAP.
Apply to Spend Two Weeks Next Summer Participating on a Fully-Funded, Scientific Research Expedition
Sponsoring Organization: Earthwatch Institute
Audience: High School Sophomores + Juniors in Los Angeles County
When: Summer 2020
Description: Spend two weeks during the summer participating in a fully funded scientific research expedition alongside professional scientist and other students in a natural landscape across the United States.
Deadline: December 4, 2019
Sign up to be a Paid Election Worker for the Presidential Primaries!
Sponsoring Organization: Los Angeles County
Audience: High School Students in Los Angeles County
When: March 2020
Description: Los Angeles County is looking for high school students to participate in its Student Election Worker Program. Starting in March 2020, the voting period will expand from 1 day to 11 days. This means students will now be able to serve on weekends and/or election day. And the more days students serve the more they’ll earn, with student stipends ranging from $180 to $580. Bilingual students are highly needed!
Deadline: Email Joseph Canal at JCanal@rrcc.lacounty.gov as soon as possible.
ARTS, MEDIA & PRODUCTION
Tell the Story of Who You Are for a Chance to Win Scholarships!
Sponsoring Organization: Critical Media Project
Audience: High School Students in Los Angeles County
When: February 2020
Description: Create your own media, whether that be a short story, audio story, photo collage, and tell your story to represent yourself and your community. Who are you? What do you care about? What does “belonging” mean to you? How do you see yourself…as a Californian, as an Angeleno, as a member of your local neighborhood? Tell your story for a chance to win scholarships up to $1000. Winning submissions will be screened during the festival.
Deadline: Submit your work by December 20, 2019.
Share your wisdom and get the chance to be featured on Girls Build's Instagram + website by sending us your video with tips, tools, and techniques that you'd like to share with the Girls Build community as we all embark on this year-long challenge.
Click the button below to submit your video!
They’re here – our newest cohort of Girls Build teams this school year! 65 teams from all over the country have taken on the Girls Build challenge where they will tackle issues they see in their community, like:
We can't wait to see more as the school year unfolds!
Follow along and learn more about each team throughout the year by going to www.girls-build.org/year-5.
Grant agreements have been sent out via DocuSign to Coordinators who have filled out the grant agreement survey. Please look out for it in your inbox (or spam folder!).
Check out the Girls Build Starter Pack to help your team jump start your project planning process. This tool is meant for you to customize and personalize – feel free to make this your own!
Girls Build Virtual Expo
We're so excited to announce that our friends at Comcast will be awarding iPads to winning Girls Build teams at our annual virtual Expo in May! More details to come soon.
We want to hear from you! Get the chance to be featured on Girls Build's Instagram by sending us your video with tips, tools, and techniques that you'd like to share with the Girls Build community as we all embark on this year-long challenge. Click the button below to submit your video!
FINAL WEBSITES AND VIDEOS ARE DUE ON SUNDAY!
DUE MAY 5th, 2019 - Final Website and Video is due via Submittable – the same platform you used to submit your Girls Build application.
You can find everything you need to know to complete the Girls Build project on our Curriculum Page.
MAY 23 - GET READY FOR THE AWARDS!
Check out the details for the online virtual awards on May 23 here. We will be sending you a packet in the mail the week of May 10th with supplies to help you celebrate.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS. Don't hesitate to apply. Due May 10th.
Some final advice:
Complete the Impact Report. This helps explain your progress and impact. Your responses will be sent back to you so you will have the information to copy and paste straight into your website to help explain your reach.
WHAT SHOULD WE ADD TO OUR WEBSITE? PRESENTATIONS, FLYERS, IMAGES?
Yes, add it all just be careful so that everything is organized as part of your story. What is the main event(s) you want to highlight? What are additional materials, activities, resources?
Whatever works for you. Look at past examples to get ideas.
CHECK OUT YEAR 3 TEAMS
EMBEDDING THE VIDEO
LINKING THE VIDEO
We have heard from so many of you in the past week and seen you are social media. We are so impressed and excited to celebrate you and your team!
RESOURCES OF THE WEEK
Looking for some cool videos to watch as a group and reflect?
Check out the PowerOn Series on YouTube. Each 5 minute short features girls and a new technology. F The films are directed by Rosario Dawson, Julie Bowen, Ana Brenda Contreras, Lisa Edelstein and Nikki Reed.
Watch a short doc by #femaleyouth on opening up about #menstruation. #Destigmatize #female #flow, create #safespace for all. Join the #empathytoactionfilmclub #womensvoicesnow #bethechange @WomensVoicesNow @GlobalGirlMedia https://bit.ly/2XJ65mK