Austin is a girls’ town.
There are many high-quality
supportive services to
adolescent girls in this city,
and GENaustin is special
because it supports and
guides girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique
pressures of girlhood.
Growing up female has always been a challenging journey.
Friendships, social groups and self-identity move to the center
of a girl’s world as she becomes a teen; meanwhile, school
gets harder, her body changes, and cultural messages become
desperately confusing. And just when girls seem to need
guidance the most, they often turn away from trusted adults,
hoping to find stronger bonds with their peers. How will they
learn the wisdom they need to navigate the pressures and
pitfalls of being a girl in today’s world?
clubGEN is a weekly after-
school program for
5th–8th grade girls. At
clubGEN, girls are
surrounded with positive
role models they can relate
to for connection, inspiration, and guidance. The girls study a
curriculum that covers issues around body image, self-esteem,
media literacy, career exploration, financial literacy, goal setting,
healthy eating & physical fitness, and confidence. With support
from their club leaders, peers and high school role models,
clubGEN equips middle school girls with the skills and
awareness they need to navigate the pressures of the teen years.
With a national self-esteem crisis for adolescent girls,
GENaustin is a local Austin organization that is making a big
difference for girls and the adults who care about them.
For over 15 years, GENaustin (The Girls Empowerment
Network) has been serving girls in Central Texas. The
organization exists to address an increasing trend among
middle school aged girls – a systematic decline and sometimes
permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be
devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, self-mutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen
pregnancy, and drug abuse. GENaustin’s programs, which
currently serve 55 schools & seven school districts in Central
Texas, provide “safe spaces” where girls can discuss their
concerns about topics that are sometimes too difficult to talk
about with family and friends.
GirlConnect’s goal is to address the challenges girls face in
their daily lives by incorporating technology and 21st century
skills into an engaging and interactive curriculum. In
GirlConnect, girls explore many of the topics which affect
them most, including real beauty, body image, and media
literacy. Sessions include hands-on group activities
incorporating technology such as online tools and creative
software. Girls are able to understand and use the technology
presented in our curriculum in a safe, positive and productive
way. GENaustin offers GirlConnect sessions by request to
schools and community groups in the Austin area.
WE ARE GIRLS CONFERENCE
The We Are Girls conference is a one-day event for girls in
grades 5-12 and the adults who care about them. It is a
statewide annual conference that helps girls explore the issues
of bullying, body image and being a girl. It connects
individuals with questions to the experts who have the
answers. The 2012 Conference was held Saturday,