Between childhood and womanhood, girls experience a phenomenon known as "losing voice." 74% of 12-year-olds surveyed by Girl Scouts of America list "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 change they care most about. In fact, only 1/3 of middle-school girls today believe they can be a leader.
That's why we founded Girls Driving for a Difference—an organization dedicated to giving every girl the tools and inspiration to become a leader of social change.
Our workshops, geared towards girls ages 10-15, are 2 hours long, fun and easy to teach and learn, and filled with inspiration and color.
As part of the workshops, girls experience design thinking—a creative problem-solving tool that helps them think outside the box about ways they can help others and make an impact.
Today, you can find our workshop materials in the hands of schools, organizations, and passionate people around the world, who are teaching workshops and collectively reaching thousands of girls.
We believe every girl has the potential to become a leader and create her own change. She just needs the right tools and inspiration.
Find Your Drive
In this workshop, girls identify their strengths, discover their unique leadership style, and reframe problems in the world as opportunities. Girls are able to bond, laugh, and be silly, while also learning more about what really matters to them. Each girl graduates from the workshop with their own personal mission statement for improving the world around them.
*NEW!* Make Your Mark
This workshop helps girls turn their mission statements into a reality. Girls form teams, brainstorm lots of ideas together, and use fun arts & crafts supplies (like modeling clay and pipe cleaners) to create their own physical prototypes of their ideas. Each girl graduates from the workshop with a prototype and an action plan they can use with their team to keep going.
join our next event!
On Sunday, Dec 3, we'll be hosting a jam-packed day of design thinking and leadership activities, open to all middle-school girls and high-school freshmen in the Bay Area.
During the summer of 2015, our team jumped on the road in an RV to teach workshops to girls across the nation.
In 14 weeks on the road, we crossed 32 states, coached 55 workshops, and reached more than 1200 girls. We partnered with a diverse range of communities, including schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, sports teams, Girl Scout troops, and more. We also hosted pop-up events at libraries, museums, and innovation hubs.
HOW IT began: KICKSTARTER
Before jumping on the road, we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that raised $35k from 516 backers.
These funds enabled us to coach all of our workshops for free as we drove across the country! Through launching a Kickstarter campaign, we were also lucky to connect with a number of organizations across the country who could help bring our vision to life.
host a workshop
We believe that teaching design thinking & girls leadership should be fun, easy to learn, and accessible for everyone. That's why we've worked hard to package all our best practices together into one box. All you need to get started is a Teaching Toolkit.
the teaching toolkit
The Teaching Toolkit is a "workshop in a box" that includes all the materials and info you'll need to start teaching. The Find Your Drive toolkit comes with:
- Facilitation Guidebook
- "How To" Note Cards
- Activity Strength Cards
- Leadership Quiz Cards and Answer Keys
Check out the online tutorials for step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos for teaching your first workshop.
You can use the toolkit to coach as many workshops as you'd like. Just keep re-stocking it with post-its and printed workshop packets, and you'll be all set to go.
the impact you'll create
You can use this workshop and toolkit to:
- Try design thinking for the first time in your Girl Scout troop, classroom, program, or event.
- Create a space for girls to connect as leaders and change-makers in your school or community.
- Add a social impact mission/purpose to the STEM work that your community is already doing.
- Empower high school / college women to coach a workshop for younger girls, and become even more inspiring mentors, leaders, and role-models for them.
- Kick-off the new school year or semester in an inspiring, meaningful way. The workshop focuses on teamwork, creativity, and celebrating each other's strengths.