Girls voices matter in Chicago and abroad

by Global Girls Inc.


For 17 years, Global Girls, Inc. has provided arts education and presentation opportunities for girls ages 5 to 18. Through rigorous performance training, youth develop essential life skills: resilience, self-analysis, self-discipline and grit. They learn ensemble, negotiation and critical thinking skills helping them succeed on stage and in life. The mission is building personal capacities that nurture individual growth and inspire girls to use their talents for positive change for all girls.

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Our programs target violence against girls, in all its forms, across their lifespans. According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, "growing up in a violent home may be a terrifying and traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child's life, growth and development." Each year, 1 in 10 teenagers is violated by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually or emotionally abused. More than 600 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted daily in 2006.


Global Girls gives girls a safe space to learn, through dance and theatre, how to use their voices for social change to begin advocating for themselves and other girls. As girls work in the program, they begin to trust others and open up about issues they are facing at home, in school and in the community. They find that they are not alone and the process of healing and holding others accountable begins. Our girls also teach and inspire other girls to be strong, persistent and resilient.

Long-Term Impact

In our school and community based programs, we educate 500 girls annually on gender-based each year and give them a platform to express their hopes, fears, ambitions and obstacles. We are helping girls see that they don't have to be silent, but can use their voices for change. Our girls go on to and complete college. They write plays. They travel internationally. They lead clubs and organizations. They return to Global Girls as teaching artists and engage future generations of fearless girls.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


An introduction to the Global Girls method
Global Girls Theatre Collaborative Youth Company
Girls prepare for their trip to Grenada!

Organization Information

Global Girls Inc.

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marvinetta Woodley-Penn
Chicago, IL United States
$9,274 raised of $10,000 goal
152 donations
$726 to go
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