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Summer Action at Hardy Girls (June 2012)

Hardy Girls Second Annual Summer Institute

On June 13-15, 20 men and women from 10 different states came together for Hardy Girls’ Second Annual Summer Institute,
Navigating Girl World: Connecting the Dots…Changing the Culture at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Led by Hardy Girls Healthy Women co-founder Lyn Mikel Brown, EdD along with Mary Madden, PhD, and Jackie Dupont, LMSW, participants spent three days learning how they can bring the Hardy Girls approach to empower girls in their own schools and communities through media literacy and social action.

Claire Clark of Marsha Clark & Associates came all the way from Texas for this event. "We're hoping to bring a similar program to North Texas,” said Clark. “There's nothing quite like this in our area."

WABI-TV 5 featured video from the Summer Institute which you can view here.

Want to be part of next year’s Summer Institute? Email Training Institute Manager Emily Brostek at

SPOILER Alert! Adventure Girls 2012-13 Season

Calling all 2nd-6th grade girls who want to explore STEM-oriented (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) physical activities that make being a girl so much fun! Next season's Adventure Girls planning is underway and we are offering some great new adventures including wildlife tracking, karate, building bat houses, bicycle mechanics, and meeting a veterinarian, as well as some past fan faves of kayaking and welding! Stay tuned at the end of the summer for registration details and scholarship opportunities.

On the Blog...

Celebrating Father's Day All Year Long

Check out the Hardy Girls blog for a recent post about some cool ideas for how dads and daughters can celebrate Father's Day all year long. Contribute to our community by adding your own ideas. Read more...

What's New from our Powered by Girl bloggers

Keep It Real Campaign

Next Wednesday through Friday (June 27-June 29th) SPARK and its sister orgs are launching a three-day campaign to challenge magazines to pledge to print at least one unphotoshopped image of a model, to counteract all of the summer ideal body image pressures that are being pushed out by magazines and media now, and building off of Julia Bluhm's petition to Seventeen.

Powered by Girl bloggers will be participating in the social action. Read more about how you can participate on the Keep It Real Campaign's Facebook Event page.

See what else is new at Powered by Girl...

Powered by Girl is a program of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, designed to give teen girls and young women opportunities to think and work together, public spaces to critique and talk back, and tools to demand a more diverse and healthier set of messages.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Hardy Girls Healthy Women today. Your support enables us to provide high-quality programming to hundreds of girls and young women, and to ensure that it stays accessible by providing need-based scholarships to our programs. Thank you for your dedication to our vision that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women
14 Common Street, PO Box 821
Waterville, ME 04903-0821
Phone: 207-861-8131 | Fax: 207-615-0514 | Email:

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