We are grateful to all of our supporters and proudly partner with companies who show commitment to providing opportunities for girls. Our partner organizations attend our events and embody our mission.
Our next event is in Washington DC in November, 2016. If you are interested in becoming a partner for this event or another one, please contact Karen.
Girls Can Do is a WA State corporation with 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
The purpose of Girls Can Do event series is to host events around the country and the world, at no cost for young women and girls. Our events are special days where girls come to engage, connect, and share experiences with amazing women speakers who are pursuing their dreams. At each event we offer access to dozens of year round programs as “next steps” for inspired Possibility Thinkers through our Girl Partner Network. Our unique speakers are positive role models who are everyday, yet extraordinary women sharing stories about choices, determination, hardships, failure, resilience, and success.
Our vision is that our speakers and events inspire a generation of girls to make a difference in their lives, the lives around them, and the world. Our events give young women support, encouragement, and the knowledge that they can pursue their greatest dreams. After all, opportunities are endless when you are a Possibility Thinker.
Girls Can Do has successfully put on two events in Seattle, WA and is now gearing up to expand nationally. Becoming an event sponsor for our November event in Washington, D.C. is a unique opportunity for partners to get in on the ground floor and be one of our first official event sponsors.
Partnership levels are flexible and we will work with you to create the best engagement. Some of our levels are as follows:
Our events are designed to engage middle and high school aged girls. Our outreach model is focused on inviting girls from underserved communities. However, we welcome and encourage all individuals to join our events and there are some very inspired Dad’s walking around our halls!
Main Live event
Live broadcast events
Website live video streaming
Post-event website video access
Participant data collection
Our Ambassador Outreach Program supports and collaborates with community leaders, students, and our partner organizations to reach out to youth and invite them to the events. These collaborators are essential to making the event a trusted, accessible, and impactful experience for girls. Together they take the bus, drive, or use Girls Can Do – sponsored transportation.
Immediate Impact: The Event
1. A middle school, high school, or college girl finds out about our event through her local community and attends a live event at a beautiful performance hall or a community satellite location to watch via live streaming. Girls in underserved communities come to our events through our community outreach program, which serves to elevate equal access for all girls.
2. During the event, girls listen to a diverse group of speakers and become inspired by at least one of the speakers and a spark is ignited for a new perspective on life. Girls consider themselves Possibility Thinkers and use that as a lens for making decisions in their daily lives.
3. Onstage and after the events girls meet dozens of local organizations who offer programs year-round for girls. They are encouraged to sign-up and join their organization and start making their dreams a reality.
A Year Later: Girl Partner Network
Girls are actively participating in the programs at our partner organizations and making positive changes in their lives. Each partner measures the success of their girls independently.
Lifelong: World Change
Generations of Possibility Thinking girls create a world of equal opportunity.
Our events are having an impact. The data we have collected and continue to gather at each event demonstrates this. We utilize four main methods for measuring our success. We collect data on the following:
1) How many girls attend each live performance hall event and how many attend our satellite broadcast events.
2) How many programs we offer to girls at each event through our Girl Partner Network organizations.
3) Qualitative feedback from our participants on if and how they were inspired. This survey is handed out at the end of the event and it captures basic demographic data and feedback on specific aspects of the event, such as their favorite speaker.
4) Blog stories shared on our website and social channels from event attendees about the impact of the event on their life and how they have become Possibility Thinkers.
At our events and through our Girl Partner Network webpage, Girls Can Do operates as an umbrella for girls to connect with carefully selected organizations. The Girl Partner Network is complied of local and national nonprofits such as Digigirlz, Young Women Empowered, ZGirls, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Powerful Voices and many more.
Services range from leadership development to life-skills to internship and scholarship opportunities. Through evidence-based programming, our partner organizations foster long-term relationships with our girls, offer them direct services, and guide them to success.
These programs are the “next steps” for inspired Possibility Thinkers.
Our unique and, for the most part, unknown speakers are everyday yet truly extraordinary women. Each woman shares a story of facing adversity, failures, determination, and building resilience while living a fulfilling life and pursuing their passions.
Our speakers make clear that success has no one definition nor does it come without hard work and setbacks. They show examples of building resiliency and emphasize that bouncing back is the key ingredient to making it through hard times.
The goal of Girls Can Do is to ignite a spark in as many girls’ minds as possible across the nation and around the world. Each event will be funded by corporate sponsors and any proceeds from each event will go towards future event planning. Tickets are $25 except all girls 24 and under are free. Our goal is to have a portion of the sponsorship funds allocated towards event planning and to also fund planning through grants and fundraising efforts.
Year One: Host four events nationally, with multiple satellite locations for each live event.
Year Three: Host eight events, at least two internationally and the remaining national. Each event has multiple satellite locations in the respective countries.
Year Five: One of the 12 annual events will be hosted on the International Space Station by a woman astronaut with a live feed to a US event site for Q&A with the girls in the audience. This event will be widely live streamed around the world.
“The most inspiring day of my life.”
– High School Student from St. Margaret’s School, Victoria, BC Canada
“This was my first time at a Girls Can Do event and I wish I had been able to attend something like this 10 years ago. It was so beautiful to see accomplished, confident women empowering the females around them. I didn’t know any of the hundreds of women I was surrounded by, but the sense of sisterhood in the auditorium was undeniable. Programs like this will change the world. Girl power is real.”
– Kelsey Jae Wardwell, Partner Organization, Youth in Focus
“The shared emotions among a large audience were pretty powerful. The communal gasp when Jennifer Moran described the moment her athletic dreams died when she ruptured multiple disks in her spine on the basketball court… and just an amazing overall example of overcoming early hardships in life to achieve great things and make a huge impact on her community. Angela Martin’s talk that left nary a dry eye in the room. And the many, many laughs and cheers throughout the afternoon. Big, important, shared experiences tend to get under your skin and stay with you. The fact that there were probably equal numbers of girls as there were adult mentors in the audience speaks of the fact that in parenting, as in life in general, we are all hungry for someone to assure us that we are doing the right thing.”
– Jennifer van Hardenberg, Teacher
“You need to believe. Success. Love. Possibility. Family and Community. Find your destiny. Find it in your heart.”
– Lilia, Student, 7 years old
Girls Can Do founder, Karen Clark Cole read the following letter to a packed house of 1,500 diverse girls during our second event at Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle Symphony.
Girls-Can-Do is a WA State corporation with 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
For more information please contact Karen@girls-can-do.org. www.girls-can-do.org