Rights4Girls believes in always centering youth and survivor voices in advocating for policies that impact their lives. Through our youth workshops, we are ensuring that the voices of girls, survivors, and other youth of color are uplifted, and that all of our policy initiatives are rooted in their voice and advocacy. More importantly, we are working to support and empower the next generation of young leaders.
Rights4Girls facilitates youth development and advocacy workshops in Washington, D.C. that provide a safe space for young people to discuss the issues that impact their lives, such as community violence, gender-violence, safety, and harsh school disciplinary policies. Our team works with youth to develop leadership and advocacy skills to equip young leaders with the means to advocate for themselves and their peers.
Life of Girls Workshop Series
Named by our participants, the Life of Girls workshop series is focused on girls in the juvenile justice system and is centered around a comprehensive curriculum created in partnership with the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative. These workshops seek to empower teenage girls who have touched the juvenile or criminal justice system, through their own experiences or that of friends or family members, and encourage them to become advocates for change. In addition to learning strategies to create change in their communities, participants are encouraged to pursue advocacy careers in the future. In a society that often stereotypes young women of color as assertive or bold, our girls’ workshops demonstrate that these characteristics are needed skills for passionate, systemic reformers who want a better world for girls. Some of the topics covered in the workshops include public speaking, self-care, conditions of confinement, the abuse to prison pipeline, sex trafficking, “adultification”, and school pushout.
Love Us, Don’t Harm Us Workshops Series
The Love Us, Don’t Harm Us workshop series was created in partnership with Black Swan Academy and Melanin Uprising to address the concerns raised by youth during a 2017 convening about “the D.C. missing girls.” These youth-centered workshops cover a variety of topics including self-care techniques, youth organizing, school disciplinary policies, and gender-based violence.
Survivor Policy & Advocacy Trainings
Rights4Girls has partnered with local survivor-led anti-trafficking provider, Courtney’s House, to create a policy and advocacy training for sex-trafficked youth in the DMV area. Together we are committed to ensuring that survivor voices are heard and centered in the policy process.