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Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service

Thank you to Summit co-conveners YWCA of Greater Portland & Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest!


Our Teens Lead program was so successful, we’ve decided to expand it so more girls from the Portland area can get involved in our exciting activities. We believe girls in Oregon have important contributions to make to all our lives, and we work to give girls a place to learn and connect, and a platform to make their voices heard.

We’ve changed the name to Girls: Oregon, Action, Leadership, Service – to really demonstrate what is most important to the girls who have participated in the past.

GIRLS: Any girl in any high school in Portland or surrounding areas.*

OREGON: Our goal is to serve emerging Oregon young women leaders.

ACTION: Speaking up and making a difference through individual and collective activism.

LEADERSHIP: Defining what leadership means to you, and gaining the tools, connections and skills to make it happen.

SERVICE: Working to the benefit of the whole community in ways that make sense to you and your values.

*We do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or degree of gender conformity. Any self-identified girl is welcome in our programs.



*You are a girl with something to say

*You want to meet other girls and women who are leaders in their schools and communities

*You are a girl with something on your mind

*You want to build community and take action with other committed girls

*You are a girl who cares

*You are girl who wants some good information about college and careers

*You are a girl who fights for what she believes in

*You are a girl who is creative and expresses her thoughts and beliefs

*You are a girl who wants to learn

*You are a girl who wants to try something new

You’ll want to mark your calendar for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 – this is the date of our FALL KICK-OFF SUMMIT hosted at Portland State University. Here, you’ll meet girls from around the city, and learn from the best leaders in the state about issues YOU care about. There will be fun workshops, inspiring speakers, and great snacks! Some workshops we’ve had in the past include:

*advocating for yourself and others

*meeting and learning from women in business, technology and the arts

*learning about education and career paths that are open to you

*learning about (and meeting) women who have been elected or appointed to positions of public leadership. 

After the Summit during the school year, you will have the chance to put your skills into practice, supported with leadership challenges by the Center and partner organizations. In the spring, you’ll be invited to our SPRING MEET-UP to offer your insights and describe your cool projects, and contribute to the planning of the Summit for 2015.

Come join us! We can't wait to launch this exciting new chapter and bring more girls with us!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at or 503.725.2895.

Registration is currently open (click here)!


*To reach diverse girls in their teens and to provide mentorship, education, life skills and networking.

*Listen and respond to what girls need.

*Work collaboratively with other girl-serving organizations to create synergistic partnerships and strive to provide unique programming, not duplicating the efforts of others.

*Teach girls how to access resources they need.

*Actively seek out and steward donor support for the program with efficiency and integrity.

*Speak publicly on issues directly impacting girls in Oregon; when possible, train girls to speak on their own behalf on issues directly impacting their lives.

*Bring more diverse voices into civic engagement and advance young women into leadership positions across diverse sectors throughout our state and our nation.

*Stay connected with our graduates as they move out into the world beyond high school.

*Stay engaged in program improvement based on sound research on girls and leadership.

*Highlight and amplify the leadership focus of other girl-centered nonprofits in our area!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the program like?
First of all, register HERE for the Kick-off Summit at Portland State University on October 24, 2014.

After this, you can participate for free in our on-line and face-to-face challenges and special leadership programs throughout the school year. At the end of the year, you will be invited to our Spring Meet-Up.

What if I can’t afford the Summit?

No girl will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact our office at 503-725-2895 for information!

Does the year-long program cost anything?

No! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, it is offered free of charge.

Who are the other organizations involved?
The YWCA of Greater Portland and Girls Inc of the Pacific NW are co-convenors, and organizations such as Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls, Girl Scouts, and others are all program supporters!

Can anyone participate?
We invite all girls in high school in the Portland and surround areas to apply. We encourage students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds.

I still have more questions!
We believe there are no dumb questions, and we will do our best to answer any and all that you may have. Please send an email to