10 Madison Girl Power Organizations to Check Out

By Mason Braasch

“Defending Black Girlhood” Podcast

Hosted by local artist Lilada Gee, “Defending Black Girlhood” navigates conversations that inform, inspire and challenge listeners to take action and create a world where Black girls can safely live, learn and be loved. lilada.org/defending-black-girlhood-podcast

Girls Rock Camp Madison

For one week, girls of all skill levels ages 8-18 can form a band, write songs and learn guitar, drums, keyboards, bass and vocals — and at the end of the week, perform for hundreds of screaming fans. girlsrockmadison.org

Girl Scouts

With a mission to help girls build courage, confidence and character, Girl Scouts offers programs nationwide to help girls discover their strengths and build a better world. The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland allows approximately 8,200 girl members to bring their dreams to life through activities and camps. gsbadgerland.org

Girls on the Run South Central Wisconsin

Through a 10-week program every fall and spring, Girls on the Run coaches use physical activity to build social, emotional and physical skills while also encouraging healthy life habits. Through running and research-based lessons, girls are taught lessons in confidence and compassion. girlsontherunscwi.org

Girls Inc.

Through healthy living instruction, academic enrichment, and support and life skills instruction, Girls Inc. serves girls ages 5-18, and supports and affirms their value in a pro-girl environment. A combination of mentorship and evidence-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. girlsinc.org

The Girl Talk, Inc. Podcast

From Girl Talk Inc., an organization that inspires girls to be confident leaders through mentorship programs, this podcast inspires middle and high school girls to embrace leadership in their everyday lives. Hosts and special guests celebrate girls’ individuality in leadership by discussing a variety of topics including bullying, mental health, school and the importance of mentorship. mygirltalk.org/podcast

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national organization that is dedicated to closing the gender gap in computer science and tech. Through clubs, summer programs and free “code at home” activities, girls can explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. girlswhocode.com

Maydm

With a vision to educate girls about potential careers in the STEM field, Maydm provides girls and youth of color with skill-based training for the technology sector. Through classes, mentorship, holistic development and internship opportunities, the organization helps fuel students’ interests in science, engineering and robotics. maydm.org

Sports Mom Mantra

Sports Mom Mantra offers classes, insights and resources to empower sports moms while they navigate today’s youth sports culture, and to help them raise confident, healthy and strong daughters. sportsmommantra.com

Raising STRONG Boot Camps

After witnessing the effects of bullying, Meghan Skrepenski founded this organization that offers boot camps for kids and families to grow stronger in body, mind and spirit. The boot camps focus on skill building, fostering confidence and leadership development. raisingstrongbootcamps.com

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