Alliance for Girls is committed to assessing and addressing girls’ needs and helping girls reach their potential. Alliance for Girls achieves this mission through acting as an advocate for girls; developing long-term, community-wide initiatives to address gaps in services for girls; providing information about programs and services to assist girls; encouraging and sponsoring gender-specific research to determine the status of girls and to measure their progress; fostering leadership opportunities for girls; creating mentoring opportunities for girls; and engaging in and fostering other charitable and educational activities for girls.
After attending the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995, Alliance for Girls Co-Founder Marsha Weinstein implemented the UN’s platform for action in Louisville, Kentucky by developing annual Girls Conferences beginning in 1997. The First Louisville Girls’ Conference aimed to increase awareness around girls’ issues, discuss ways to overcome barriers, and inspire participants to act to make the world a better place for girls. A year later, the Girl Scout Council of Kentuckiana convened the Coalition for Girls to identify the most critical issues facing girls in Louisville and to develop a baseline of the status of school age girls, forge a community consensus, and raise public awareness. The Coalition for Girls partnered with the Women 4 Women Benchmark 2000 project to conduct a community-wide needs assessment of girls in Louisville. Alliance for Girls was formed to implement the recommendations of this needs assessment and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2001. Girls Conferences were held annually through 2001. In 2002, the annual Girls Conference was expanded into a more intensive year-long leadership development program now known as Louisville Girls Leadership, the major programming initiative of Alliance for Girls.
Activities and accomplishments
- Sponsored a community-wide needs assessment of girls
- Held annual Girls Conferences for five years
- Girls conferences evolved into the Louisville Girls Leadership (LGL) program, which has graduated classes yearly since 2003
- Partnered with Kentucky Youth Advocates to published GIRLS COUNT in Louisville: The Status of Girls in Louisville Metro 2004
- Held professional development seminars for service providers