Our approach to advocacy is grounded in research, direct service experience and most importantly, a partnership with girls and young women who have lived experiences in the justice system.   We seek to amplify girls and young women’s voices in public policy reforms on issues that directly impact them.  We believe that the lived experiences of girls and young women provide profound insights that can result in systemic reforms and long term social change.

There are many ways to get involved, including:

  1. Learn the basics
  2. Find out who represents your district and how the process works
  3. Learn more about the issues impacting girls and young women
  4. Sign up for our mailing list
  5. Get social: like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, then share and retweet!
  6. Read our research briefs and position papers
  7. Attend our events
  8. Join Voices for Florida Girls


Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us. Here are a few ways in which you can get involved.

Care and Comfort

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We’re collecting GED books as well as paperbacks with encouraging/positive messages to provide girls between the ages of 10 and 18. We’ve started a small mobile library program for girls at Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center and donate surplus books to other detention facilities in Florida. To donate books (paperback only) or magazines, contact Biannela Susana at 904.423.1565 or

Hygiene Product Collectionhygiene

Support elementary age girls and girls released from the detention center in need of hygiene products. We are collecting the following items: deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and nail polish. Please contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or

artsuppliesArt Supply Drive
Art provides an outlet for girls to express themselves in all of our programs. Paints, paper, paint brushes, etc. are always needed and welcomed.  Please contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or



Girl Matters®: It’s Elementarygmie
Work directly with girls (grades K-6) at George Washington Carver or North Shore Elementary schools for 10 hours/week through our Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary program. This in-school program intervenes early in girls’ lives to improve school success and to stop suspension from school. Girls meet in small groups or individually to learn about personal safety, relationships, communication, emotions and identity. Families also receive information and support as needed. This opportunity requires a Level II background check, a commitment of one school year and completion of a two-day Girl Matters® training program. Please contact Vicky Basra at 904.423.1570 or

ldrshpcnclGirls’ Leadership Council
The Girls’ Leadership Council is a girl-led and girl-focused council that elevates the voices of girls and young women between ages 12-21. Council members invite women from various professions and possessing unique perspectives to share knowledge and leadership skills. GLC meets two Saturdays a month. If you’d like to speak, hold a workshop/activity, please contact Biannela Susana at 904.423.1565 or or to financially support the GLC, contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or

Policy Center Ambassador
Ambassadors host or bring ten to fifteen guests to a “Meet the Girl” coffee. Your guests will learn about the work of the Policy Center and hear from one of the young women we’re privileged to work alongside. We will never solicit contributions from your guests at these coffees. To host a Meet the Girl coffee, please contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or

advctAdvocate in Action
As an Advocate in Action, you’re willing to be on a list that we activate to push specific legislation. When needed, we’ll send you an email with a script/suggested language and ask you to leave a voice message or send an email to an elected official in support of our initiative(s). To sign up or for questions, contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or

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Table Captains invite ten friends to our annual See the Girl Luncheon. There’s no cost associated with hosting or attending a table but a direct ask will be made of guests at this invitation-only event. If you’re interested in hosting a table, please contact Tayloe McDonald at 904.423.1569 or

If you have other ideas for how to get involved, please call us at 904.598.0901.



Voices For Florida Girls

Voices for Florida Girls is a statewide membership initiative supporting public policy efforts that improves the well-being of Florida girls. Through its four “know, share, engage and build” focus areas, Voices for Florida Girls promotes greater public interest by ensuring that the right public policies, supported by appropriate funding, meet the needs of girls and young women and are implemented at local, state and national levels.  The organization is comprised of dedicated and forward-thinking citizens throughout Florida who are committed to ensuring that all girls, particularly girls at risk, have the opportunity to succeed in life and reach their highest potential.     Members learn about how girls are faring in child protection and the juvenile justice systems, gain knowledge about best-practice program models and services, and understand the status of girls in their local communities as well as at the state and national levels.  Voices for Florida Girls is a joint initiative of Voices for Florida and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center.

Learn more at their website:

Research Fellowship Program

The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center offers undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities an opportunity to increase their understanding of how research, advocacy, training and gender-responsive intervention services are related to improving system responses to girls and young women.   The research fellow plays a key role within the Policy Center’s research team, by engaging in assigned research activities such as literature reviews, data collection, and analysis and report writing. Beginning each January,  fellows work 15 hours per week for a one-year practicum.  A stipend is provided upon successful completion.

Every piece of data has context and this experience enables fellows to apply research as a community advocate. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to develop more than just your research skills. During your year-long fellowship, you will work with experts in girl-related issues by participating in planning meetings, advocacy, research, community development and policy implementation. Research fellows are also provided the opportunity to develop a research project for a topic they are passionate about. Fellows have the opportunity to see their research applied directly to policy and advocacy efforts, and may participate in community events designed to raise awareness about the challenges faced by girls in Florida.

The experiences you’ll gain as a fellow at the Policy Center are one-of-a-kind.  Your voice will be heard and respected, your input welcomed and your experiences valued.

–          Aubrey Moore, Research Fellow, 2013

If you are interested in your professional development as a researcher, I urge you to consider taking your education beyond the classroom and gain the skills you need to benefit your community and foster personal success.

–          Cameron Perrine, John and Julia Taylor Research Fellow, 2014

Becoming a research fellow for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center is a chance to improve your research skills, gain practical experience, and interact with professionals who are passionate about helping girls in Northeast Florida and beyond.

–          Haley Pritchard, Joan Amery Van Vleck Research Fellow, 2014

The Fellowships last one year (Fall 2017-Summer 2018).  For requirements, qualifications, and application materials see the Research Fellowship Description.  The deadline for the fellowship application is July 15, 2017.



Since August 2010, the Policy Center has trained more than 70 undergraduate, recently graduated or graduate students.  The volunteer interns are provided an active learning experience within a reflective practice, girl-responsive team environment. Most volunteer interns are in placements over multiple semesters, where they learn and lead in various roles, including: direct service with individual girls, groups of girls, and/or within program administrative responsibilities.

  • Graduate positions in: Girl Matters: It’s Elementary and Girl Matters: Continuity of Care
  • Undergraduate positions in Girl Matters: It’s Elementary for direct service and program administration

For more information about volunteer internships, email Kate Sanchez, Grant Specialist.




The Policy Center invites you to join us in our work to advance the rights of girls and young women in the justice system. We welcome your contributions of capital, in-kind donations, expertise or time.  Download our current Wish List or click the purple donate button to make a donation. Read below for more ways to support our work.

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