Get Involved


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 and Instagram, then share and retweet!
  6. Read our research briefs and position papers
  7. Attend our events


Collect & Donate

We keep a current list of items girls and young women always need.  This can be your way of supporting girls, young women released from lock-up, and survivors of sex trafficking. Print off our donation list and consider collecting items. Items include: tampons, deodorant, soap, diapers, baby wipes, car seats, strollers, cribs, laptops (new and used), & gift cards . Please contact Megan McElwee at 904.423.1569 or

Host a Meet the Girl
Bring ten to fifteen guests to a “Meet the Girl.” 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. You choose where to host– in your home, a local spot, or our office over coffee. We will never solicit contributions from your guests at these events. To host a Meet the Girl event, please contact Blythe Zayets at 904.423.1575 or


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 Jane Skalski, Compliance Manager.

Research fellow

The Joan Amery van Vleck Fellowship is a one year award designed to be career focused and to equip the fellow with research and advocacy skills through a practicum experience at the Policy Center.  Fellows increase their understanding of how research, advocacy, training and girl-centered, trauma informed intervention services are related to improving system responses to girls and young women. The research fellow will play a key role within the Policy Center’s Research Team by engaging in assigned research activities and by providing support on various local projects.

Click here to open the Research Fellow description and application details.

Interested applications should complete the application by September 8th, 2020. Please email Vinessa Gordon, Research Project Manager with your application.