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—a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to giving every girl the tools and inspiration to become a leader of social change.
Geared towards girls ages 10-15, our workshops are 2 hours long, fun and easy to teach and learn, and filled with inspiration and color.
Through 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.
Make Your Mark
This workshop helps girls turn their mission statements into a reality. Girls break into teams, brainstorm ideas for creating change, and use fun arts & crafts supplies (like modeling clay and pipe cleaners) to physically prototype their solutions. Each girl graduates from the workshop with a prototype and an action plan they can use with their team to keep going.
HOW IT STARTED
During the summer of 2015, we jumped on the road in an RV to teach workshops for hundreds of girls across the nation.
In 14 weeks, 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.
FUNDED BY KICKSTARTER
We launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign so that we could coach all of our workshops for free as we drove across the country. The campaign also helped us connect with numerous schools, orgs, and non-profit leaders across the country who could help bring our vision to life in their communities.
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.
our teaching toolkits
The Find Your Drive Teaching Toolkit is a "workshop in a box" that includes all the materials and info you'll need to start teaching. The kit comes with:
- 3 Facilitation Guidebooks
- 1 deck of Activity Strength Cards
- 4 sets of Leadership Quiz Cards and Answer Keys
Check out the online tutorials for step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos for teaching your first workshop.
The Make Your Mark Teaching Toolkit is a set of digitally downloadable materials covering all the info you'll need to prep for and teach this second workshop in our 2-part series.
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 your community is already doing.
- Kick-off the new school year or semester in an inspiring, meaningful way—especially for incoming freshmen.
High schoolers can teach this workshop, too! We're amazed at how juniors / seniors take this opportunity to spread their wings as mentors, leaders, and role-models for younger girls.