WHY GIRLS?

We are being thoughtful and deliberate in writing the rationale for why the Policy Center is focused on girls and young women, and we encourage anyone who interacts with girls to be part of the solution.  If you would like to share your perspective on ‘why girls?’ please send your thoughts to info@seethegirl.org

In the interim, we think that Lawanda Ravoira’s TEDx talk, “Giving Voice to the Invisible,”  is a great place to start.

What does the Policy Center do? View our new public service announcement.

Some of the girls we’re privileged to work alongside share their thoughts on the Policy Center in this 45 second video.

The vision of the Policy Center is to create communities where all girls are safe, valued and have opportunities for a prosperous future. Watch this seven minute video to learn how we’re doing that.


QUICK FACTS

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Girls are more likely to be committed to lock-up programs for less serious offenses than boys

Similar to statewide trends, the majority of girls on the First Coast were committed for less serious offenses (i.e. misdemeanors and violations of probation) (64% of girls vs. 26% of boys).

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Juvenile Justice and Mental Health

Almost three in four girls who are locked up have diagnosed mental health problems related to the impact of trauma and violence.  Addressing the need: Model Programming

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Loss

Girls who are locked up from the First Coast community have experienced loss (e.g.; death of a primary caregiver, parent incarceration, abandonment).

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Sexual Abuse and Juvenile Justice

Half of girls who are locked up have histories of sexual or physical abuse. See the Research

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