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GIRLS DRIVING FOR A DIFFERENCE

design thinking & leadership workshops empowering girls to become leaders of social change

 

our mission

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.

the workshops

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.


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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.

 

the ROADTRIP

 

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.

As a teacher, it’s a passion of mine and our entire department to create opportunities for students to have “real world” experiences. We had four high school girls (3 seniors, 1 sophomore) run a workshop for 28 middle-schoolers.

By use of your creative, innovative, and AMAZING workshop, we were able to give our girls not just the chance to build relationships with a younger generation, but also a better understanding of what it means to plan and implement a workshop like this. We were extremely proud of the girls’ maturity to take on the workshop and work with younger girls who had some very interesting goals they wanted to drive forward!
— Kelly Rule, Staley High School Teacher

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.

 

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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.

We work in a school where 91% of our kids are on free and reduced lunch/breakfast and our population is very high need. Last year, our 7th grade girls struggled to get along. For the workshop, we brought 30 of these girls together with the idea of showing them their own strengths and the strengths of others.

Long story short, WE LOVED THIS WORKSHOP. Girls of all backgrounds with all sorts of history with each other came together. The staff who led the workshop were so pleased with how it went.

The girls created posters with mission statements that will be hung up in the hallways when they start school next week. We are going to continue working with the girls so they can make the changes they wrote on their mission statements.
— Maria Lantz, Harding Middle School (Des Moines, IA)

The toolkit is fantastic. It provides you with everything you need to run the workshop. I recommend laminating the cards so that they can be reused more. The Facilitation Guide provided clear instructions, and the videos on the G.D.D. site helped us to visually see the instructions in action. Well done, ladies.

For the workshop, we started with a group of girls who, for the most part, had no idea why they were really there. Mom/Dad said, “Hey, there’s this thing at work, you should go,” so they did. Now, our parents say their girls are still raving about the event and want to participate in the next one, now that they know how much fun and how cool it was to hang out at “Mom/Dad’s work” for a morning.

It was a LOT of fun. It was work and a labor of love. Seeing the joy and excitement on our girls’ faces made it worth the effort. We look forward to having a Saturday event in the fall.
— Sheilla Ferreira, Change Healthcare

let's work together

We travel to teach workshops and speak at conferences, events, schools, summer camps, and more.

 

Every year, we host a conference called EDGE that helps develop leadership potential in high schoolers and inspires them to give back. This year (2017), we wanted to include new programming to give students skills and insights that they could take with them and use after the seminar, to create real impact.

The GDD team was so easy to work with. In the weeks leading up to the seminar, Katie and Anjelika were on top of all of the necessary prep, and dove deep into the design and intent behind EDGE’s program to ensure smooth transitions and alignment of programming. They arrived to the seminar in the midst of chaotic EDGE operations fully prepared and ready to jump in, and graciously took the time to walk our Team Leaders through the activities.

GDD’s energy and enthusiasm kept the nearly 200 students engaged throughout the workshop and spurned some of the most inspiring group conversations during the debrief time afterwards.

Ultimately, their workshop was one of the most memorable activities for the students and helped EDGE towards its mission to bring these students together through diversity of passion and support.
— Eric Iwashita, Senior Director of Program Development at EDGE Youth Leadership

CONTACT US

Let's explore ways we might be able to work together.

 

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