Our Summer 2020 programs are underway!

Here’s what we are up to this summer and how we’re helping teen girls* learn media literacy skills, become fierce young activists, and shore up their mental health at the same time.

All the girls* in our Girls* Change-Making Task Force, via video of course.

Our mission to serve youth will not be foiled by a pandemic! About-Face programs have not slowed down, and we are elated to continue offering support and programs to our youth during the COVID quarantine. Look at what we’ve been up to!

Youth speak up

Interns like Grace and Aoife, and 2019 program participant Andrea (talking here with Hénia) took to Instagram Live to talk about their views about a variety of crucial topics, like consent, body positivity, and LGBTQIA+ representation in media.

Girls* Change-Making Task Force with the Redwood City Public Library

denim blue background with a patch saying Girls* Change-Making Task Force

We’re partnering with the Redwood City Public Library this summer to host a Girls* Change-Making Task Force.

These girls* are using their summer to learn about media and then turning that education into action by planning their own action.

These are some amazing media collages that the girls* from the About-Face Girls* Change Making Task Force have made! Credits: Leslie, Briana, Rheagan, Laniah 

Check out these visual collages of media they came across that felt either empowering or harmful. This is what one member, Sloane, came up with.

handwritten graphic, black writing on white background. Some words on it say "Toxic Masculinity", "cultural disrespect", "That 70's show", and "messages in the media"

We even have a special Instagram account, @girlsproject180, to showcase the work of the girls in this program. Make sure to check it out!

Big thanks to the mentors of this group: Sima, Jaz, and Hannah, with help from intern Aoife too!

* About-Face welcomes and includes gender-expansive youth. To us, “girls” means self-identified girls, trans girls, gender-expansive youth, gender non-conforming, and non-binary youth.

Up next: Oasis for Girls RISE program!

Our Director of Programs teaches a one-week class about media narratives and activism!

See more about our programs and find out how to go to one right here.