Between childhood and womanhood, girls encounter a phenomenon known as "losing voice," according to studies published at Harvard University.
74% of 12 year olds surveyed by Girl Scouts of America listed "improving the world around me" as one of their favorite activities, but a lack of confidence holds them back from taking leadership in the areas of social change they care most about.
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY GIRL HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE HER OWN SOCIAL CHANGE - SHE JUST NEEDS THE RIGHT TOOLS AND INSPIRATION. that's where we come in.
Girls Driving for a Difference, founded in October of 2014, is a team of four Stanford women designing and teaching workshops that empower middle-school girls to become leaders of social change.
Since 2014, we've been coaching 2 hour-long design thinking and leadership workshops called "Find Your Drive," geared towards empowering middle school girls to become leaders of social change.
We first designed our workshop as students at Stanford University, drawing inspiration from the Stanford d.school's design thinking methodology to inspire girl power in new, creative ways. Now, our workshops have reached thousands of girls around the world!
Our workshop is filled with energy, color, and inspiration, and it's proven to make a difference.
Girls graduate from our workshop with a personal mission statement for improving the world around them. And throughout the workshop, they work to identify their unique strengths, discover their leadership style, and reframe problems in the world as opportunities, boosting their confidence and motivation to become a leader and innovate for a better future.
MEET THE TEAM
Director of Finance + Impact
Rachel H. Chung
Director of Marketing
Last summer of 2015, our team jumped on the road in an RV to bring our workshop to girls and communities across the nation.
In 14 weeks, we crossed 30 states, coached 55 workshops, and reached over 1200 middle school girls nationwide. We worked with a diverse range of communities, including Boys and Girls Clubs, sports teams, Girl Scout troops, and more. Sometimes, we also hosted pop-up events at libraries, museums, and innovation hubs, open to anyone in the area who signed up!
Our journey was both an incredible adventure and one of the most rewarding projects we could have ever imagined bringing to life.
Along the way, we also kicked off a fun YouTube channel geared towards the middle-school girls we were working with! Check out a few of our episodes below:
HOW IT ALL BEGAN: KICKSTARTER!
Before jumping on the road, we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that raised $35k from 516 backers.
Our Kickstarter project helped us raise not only the financial support to coach all of our workshops for free as we drove across the country, but also the community support to reach the right organizations and young women with our workshops.
we invite you to host a workshop!
check out our teaching toolkit
Our 2 hour-long design thinking and leadership workshop is now available as a Teaching Toolkit, which includes all of the materials and information you'll need to coach a workshop.
One of our favorite parts is a Facilitator Guide notebook that takes you through our workshop step-by-step, perfect to use on Workshop Day.
The Teaching Toolkit can also be re-used to coach as many workshops as you want! Just keep re-stocking it with post-its and print-out packets, and you'll be all set to go.
Never tried design thinking before? Not sure if teaching is your thing? No matter what your background or experience is, we believe you have the potential to host our workshop with confidence, skill, and ease, and even have fun doing it and learn about yourself along the way. We've also created special teaching tools for you, like cue-cards, so that even if you feel nervous on Workshop Day (trust us, we know), you'll still know exactly what to say.
How does the process work? Once you apply to become a coach (by clicking the button below), we'll schedule a short phone/video call interview to get to know you better and answer any questions you might have. Then, we'll register you for our online training course (takes about 2 hours to complete) and mail you your Teaching Toolkit!
Why should I coach this workshop? This workshop is about helping youth build creative confidence and feel inspired to become a leader and change the world.
We usually coach our workshops for middle-school girls, but we believe that everyone could use a little more color, energy, and motivation in their lives!
Whether you're a Girl Scout Troop leader, an athletic team coach, a non-profit leader, a STEM or design thinking enthusiast, a children's museum curator, a full-time parent, and the list goes on... as long as you believe in our mission of empowering youth to make a difference in the world, this workshop is for YOU.
I love this idea but can't be a coach... How else can I help? You can sponsor a Teaching Toolkit for a community in need! We'll match you with an organization, let you know when the first workshop is happening, and send you all the amazing mission statements that the girls come up with.
For $100, you can sponsor 1 Toolkit and reach 100 girls!
we're IN THE NEWS!
Press Features: FastCompany Leadership | IDEO Futures KingShip Podcast Interview | KCBS News | Ms. Magazine | Chicago Daily Herald | Chicago District 833 on YouTube | 33Founders Episode | Pulse Magazine | The Stanford Daily | Highland Park Library | Design for America national newsletter | The Stanford d.school whiteboard | Pixable | The Half Moon Bay Review | Winston-Salem Journal
Mentions and Endorsements: the Stanford d.school | New York Times | Wikipedia | SAP | Medium | The Stanford Report |Women of Silicon Valley | GoldieBlox | the Anita Borg Institute | Lean In | Experience Institute
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