About-Face Education Into Action Boot Camp, Meeting Girls’ Needs Initiative

In June 2019, About-Face taught 11 teen girls essential skills to decode the media messages they receive as well as giving them their own media-making skills. We also partnered with local media-makers, who guided the girls through making films, podcasts, songs, and graphics. These youth, all enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District, produced their own media to educate their peers about their Title IX rights as girls at school: especially around the issue of sexual harassment. 

We’re so thrilled with how these youth used their voices to help make change. Check out all their work!


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Hip-hop tracks

Many thanks to Alia Sharrief and Horizons Unlimited in San Francisco for teaching these youth important songwriting and performing skills!

“I liked how we were introduced to and informed about problems relating to gender inequalities. I also learned about the different resources we can reach out to. And getting to explore different types of media was an exciting and fun experience.”

— Boot Camp participant, age 15

See the video at the top of the page to hear the girls speak about their experience.

Short films/public service announcements

Reel Stories, an organization in Oakland that teaches filmmaking to girls and non-binary youth, taught this group how to make short films!

This program was made possible by the San Francisco Unified School District and Alliance for Girls’ Meeting Girls’ Needs Initiative. The Alliance for Girls’ Meeting Girls’ Needs Initiative aims to create safe, supportive, and inclusive school systems for girls*.

* “Girls” refers to gender-expansive youth (cis-girls, trans-girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).

We lead similar programs at schools and organizations. Check out our Programs and learn more!