A Leadership, Empowerment, and Service Learning
Program for Jewish Young Women
Generously supported by the Jewish Women's Foundation, Girls Give Back engages teen girls in fun, positive leadership and team-building activities and gives girls the opportunity to explore the community through hands-on service learning and advocacy projects. Girls Give Back promotes Jewish values and the importance of Tikkun Olam while developing social-mindedness, critical thinking, healthy self-esteem, and empathy in high school girls.
The impact of the young women of Girls Give Back is everywhere. Starting now and running through January 2014, the art of Girls Give Back will be on display at the San Diego International Airport in Terminal 2 (pre-security). The Airport’s collection, “Myth of the West,” represents inspired, challenging, inventive ideas and interpretations of Western culture - past, present, or future; real or make-believe.
The Girls Give Back project focuses on femininity in Western culture and the struggle for women to find their place between traditional and modern ideas of what it means to be a woman. The teens partnered with Art Reach San Diego, who helped with the technical aspects of creating a 30 ft. mural. The piece includes a large central panel that the girls created collaboratively and then individual pieces centered on a positive word about women that each teen selected. Click the links below to view all four clips that aired on KUSI!
Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4
Watch the Gala Tribute Video honoring
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Girls Give Back empowers the next generation of female leaders to create meaningful change in the world around them. Teens learn about issues that impact women and girls, and develop leadership skills by planning service projects. Girls Give Back delivers high-impact programming that is sensitive to teen time constraints.
changed my life. Through this program, I became more of a leader and
more confident. I am so grateful for my experience and I can't wait for
the next program!”
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Girls Give Back Highlights
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Girls Give Back teens
- Volunteered more than 1,700 hours, earning the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award
- Organized an empowerment event called “Girls Run the World” for middle school teens
- Created a 50-foot mural for the San Diego Airport on the historic and contemporary struggles facing women and girls
- Designed an advocacy campaign around the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and successfully lobbied elected officials to support the bill
- Participated in a week-long experiential learning about homelessness and poverty in San Diego. Teens volunteered with eight different service providers to distribute food, work in shelters, and empower vulnerable teens.
Girls Give Back In the News!
"Change Fueled by Girl Power." Click here to read the summer feature on Girls Give Back by Karla Peterson that appeared in San Diego’s Union Tribune. Michelle Jacobson and Jody Miller were featured in this story about how rewarding and life changing Girls Give Back is.
Girls Give Back teens made a guest appearance on UT-TV PrimeTime to
discuss some of their current projects. The young women in Girls Give
Back have been busy this summer creating a mural for the San Diego
Airport, spending a week learning about homelessness and poverty in San
Diego, and designing a mentorship program for middle school girls. Hear
from Emma and Jody how this incredible program of Jewish Family Service
has empowered them to be community leaders!
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Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
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“I greatly enjoyed spending time with the girls
and sharing with them. It was wonderful to hear the young ladies speak
with such optimism and passion. They are definitely going places!”
Community Partner, Foundation for Women