OUR MISSION

 

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. In fact, only a third of middle-school girls today believe they can be a leader.

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 young women from Stanford University designing and teaching workshops that empower middle-school girls to become leaders of social change.

What's the key? Design thinking: a creative problem-solving tool that helps girls explore their passions and think outside of the box about their abilities to change the world.

Our Workshop

 

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 designed our workshop as students at Stanford University, drawing inspiration from the Stanford d.school's design thinking tools to inspire girl power in creative new ways. Our workshops have now been featured in Fast Company and endorsed by IDEO, Lean In, the Center for Creative Leadership, and more.

Our workshop makes a difference.

 

During our workshop, girls 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. Girls graduate from our workshop with a personal mission statement for improving the world around them.

Over 1500 girls have been impacted by this curriculum in the past year, many of them using what they learned to start creative, entrepreneurial projects at their schools, in their Girl Scout troops, and beyond.

I usually teach girls how to code, but I’ve realized girls don’t want to learn programming “just because”... they want to use the technology to do something. The GDD workshop helped us ask girls, “What kind of problem do you want to solve?” And now the girls have a reason to keep coding.
— Gigi Read, Director of Chrysalis Girls Camp