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PHX girl action teams

PHX Girl Action Team Projects (2008-2009)

Below are projects girls across Maricopa County created in the 2008-09 program year.

Team 1, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Phoenix: Stomp Out Youth Homelessness
Girl Action Team 1 was troubled by the lack of information and awareness regarding youth homelessness in their community. The girls researched youth homelessness and contacted organizations who offer services to youth who are homeless.  They created a video with interviews from youth who are homeless as well as representatives from the community organizations.  Through this video they educated others about the issue of youth homelessness and provided information about how to find support before them become homeless.

Team 2, Orangedale Jr. High Preparatory, Phoenix: Ask Me
Team 2 felt the students on their campus were judging each other and spreading rumors through gossip.  The girls felt this form of confrontation was not creating a positive learning environment on campus. They believed that if people made less assumptions about their peers and talked with them directly, there would be no need to spread rumors.  The girls decided to create an awareness campaign and designed t-shirts with a message of direct communication to help the students get along and understand each other better. They believed their t-shirts and posters would spread the message that students need to stop the gossip and accept one another.

Team 3, Centerra Mirage Middle School, Goodyear: Find Your Own Voice
The girls of Team 3 wanted to combat peer pressure by providing their fellow students with tools and resources to express their voice.  The girls created and built resistance kits including brochures with resources for combating peer pressure, a frustration box for venting, and a wall of respect to serve as a visual reminder of the pledge to respectful behavior by their peers.  They plan to distribute the kits to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes.   
Team 4, Carl Hayden High School, Phoenix: Don’t Feed The Beast
The girls at Carl Hayden were concerned about the level of prejudice they saw in their school.  The girls worked together to design an awareness week that centered on the issue of prejudice and disrespect.  The girls made t-shirts, passed out flyers and made a commercial that ran on their school’s broadcast system to let students know that prejudice led to disrespectful behavior.  Through their awareness week, the girls challenged the beliefs and behaviors of the students at their school.

Team 5, Creighton Elementary, Phoenix: How To Change Your Community
The girls of Team 5 were concerned about gangs and the role they play in violent crimes against women.  In order to address the harsh realities of what a young person could face by either being in a gang or going through the process to get into one, the girls created posters and school announcements that reflected the reasons not to join a gang. They hope these messages will make students think twice before getting involved in gangs.  

Team 6, Crittendon  Academy, Phoenix: Collage Poster Campaign Against Violence
Team 6 believed that negative media messages can lead to self-harm.  The girls decided to launch an educational campaign to raise awareness around the media’s sensationalized depiction of violence.  They made posters targeted at their peers depicting various negative messages in the media and how they could lead to self-harm. They hung the posters in high traffic areas of the school. They believed that when people saw the posters it would challenge them to think about the role media plays in violence.

Team 7, South Mountain High School, Phoenix: Stop the Hate
Girl Action Team 7 was concerned by the lack of societal awareness regarding the issues that face lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.    The girls created short 5-minute video to create awareness that all people deserve equal rights.  The girls interviewed LGBTQ community members to document how they feel about discrimination, how they are impacted and what can be done to fix the problem of unequal treatment.  The girls have posted the video online to  increase education  about this issue and to further the understanding of equal rights for all. 

Team 8, Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Phoenix: Messages Of Self-Love
The girls at AAEC High School were tired of the violence they witnessed in their community. They believe that by increasing individual self-esteem, violence will become less prevalent.  In order to get the message across, the girls created a human billboard campaign.  They designed t-shirts with quotes depicting messages of self-love.  They also created a MySpace page that includes links and resources for self-esteem and distributed fliers to drive traffic to the website. By raising awareness about the importance of self-esteem they believe people will not only care more about themselves, but others as well.

Team 9, Gateway Early College High School, Phoenix: True Beauty Campaign
Team 9 was fired up about changing the media-constructed stereotypes of what beauty looks like.  They designed a fashion show for girls at a nearby middle school.  The fashion show proves that beauty comes in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles.  The show challenges the stereotypes of beauty by showing that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way.  The middle school girls in attendance were inspired to embrace their true beauty and style.

Team 10, Sullivan Elementary, Phoenix: Stop Animal Homelessness
The girls of team 10 are dismayed by the number of homeless animals they see in their community.  They believe that a lack of awareness leads to mistreatment and abandonment of pets.  The girls are creating a flyer that will be distributed to their neighborhood to educate people about homeless animals and the ways they can help solve this problem.  The girls hope that raising awareness around this issue will lead to a permanent change in the community.

Team 11, Hamilton Elementary, Phoenix: Why Teens Get Pregnant
Team 11 wanted to understand why so many teens get pregnant.  They created an original skit depicting what could happen when a young person is under the influence of illegal substances and how their judgment may become altered. The girls hope the video will inform young adults that alcohol is one of the major factors that leads to teen pregnancy and that being a young parent is never easy. Their goal is to make a DVD that will educate young people and lower the rate of teen pregnancy in their community.

Team 12, Madison Park Middle School, Phoenix: Bring Safety Back to Madison Park
The girls of Team 12 felt that eliminating the Resource Officer position at their school decreased the safety at their school.  The team wrote and performed two skits, created posters and made bookmarks to demonstrate the ways the Resource Officer makes the school safer.  Through their action, the girls hope to convince the school officials to restore the Resource Officer position and keep their school safe!

Team 13, Cesar Chavez High School, Phoenix: You’re Beautiful
The Cesar Chavez girls were concerned that girls in their community did not embrace their inner beauty leading to a rising promiscuity rate among their peers.  They decided to combat this ongoing issue by promoting positive self-esteem through a workshop for young women at their school.  Through this workshop many girls realized that they were beautiful women who do not have to use their bodies to earn respect from others and themselves. 

Team 14, Trevor Browne High School, Phoenix: Use Your Voice
Team 14 felt that several of their peers did not believe it was possible to find a career they were both passionate about and that could positively impact their community.  In order to create awareness around this possibility, the team invited an accomplished author  to their school to speak at an assembly for girls and host writing workshops. The author wrote a book about the women of Juarez, Mexico. She talked about Juarez, and how her journey toward choosing a career as an author also empowered her to educate society on major issues affecting her community.  This speaker inspired the girls to use their passion in their career and continue to creating change using their voices.

Team 15, Crockett Elementary, Phoenix: Kids For A Change
The girls of Team 15 are fed up with gang violence in their community. They decided to start an after-school program to provide kids a safe and fun place to be after classes end.  They will create awareness about gang violence and the dangers of being in a gang by handing out fliers at the school carnival.  With such a fun thing to do after school, the girls believe that fewer kids in their community will turn to gangs.

Team 16, StarShine Academy, Phoenix: Stop Graffiti
Team 16 is upset that students are using graffiti as a way to gossip about one another.  They designed posters to put up around their school campus to let other students know that gossiping and graffiti are not cool.  They also went to their administrator to ensure that their concerns would be taken seriously and that the graffiti would be removed.  Through this project the graffiti on campus was cleaned up and the girls made it known that gossiping isn’t cool at StarShine.  

Team 17, Coronado High School, Scottsdale: The Reality Of Teen Motherhood
Teen pregnancy is a growing concern for the girls of Team 17.  They believe that many young women become pregnant because they do not think about the difficult reality of being a parent.  In order to create awareness around the challenges young parents face, the girls created a video that highlighted the stories and experiences of teen mothers. They hope their video will demonstrate how hard it is to be a young parent so that students will think carefully before making decisions that drastically affect their lives. Check out their video here:

Coronado Team Video from Girls For A Change on Vimeo.

Team 18, Kuban Elementary, Phoenix: Just Stop It
Team 18 identified verbal and physical abuse among girls as a problem in their community. The girls created a photo story slide show addressing the issue of conflict and fighting among girls in school.  They presented the photo story to 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls at their school during a school assembly and then facilitated a discussion on how to stop the conflict.  The team feels that standing against this type of behavior among girls creates positive change and a safer space for all students on campus.

Team 19, Alfred Garcia Elementary, Phoenix: Itz Kool to Say “NO”
The girls of Team 19 are concerned about the amount of peer pressure they are facing.  They have witnessed students being pressured into things they did not  want to do because they were not sure how to say “no”.  The team brainstormed creative ways to resist peer pressure and created posters to hang all over their school with tips for resisting peer pressure.  The girls hope that when someone feels pressure, they will think twice about giving in because they have the tools they need to say “NO”. 

Team 20, Santa Maria Middle School, Phoenix: Hugs Instead of Drugs
Girl Action Team 20 was worried about the peer pressure young people face when it comes to trying drugs.  The team decided to create a positive message campaign to educate their peers.  They held a school-wide assembly and provided handouts with resources that would help students resist the temptation to start doing drugs.  The girls used entertainment to show their peers how to have fun without drugs.

Team 21, Independence High School, Glendale: Self, Body, And Mind
The young women at Independence High School were concerned about the low confidence and self-esteem they saw in their peers.  The girls decided to host a workshop to help teens and women build confidence in themselves.  This workshop inspired girls and women to respect and be confident about themselves.  

Team 22, Fees Middle School, Tempe: Animal Love
The girls of Team 22 are passionate about raising awareness about animal abuse. Believing that abuse starts because of poor dog training, the girls created a motto to stop the abuse by encouraging good training.   The girls put the motto on magnets and fliers to be given to people adopting pets at a weekend Animal Welfare Event.   The girls took a stand to remind the pet owners it’s their responsibility to train pets and be good owners.

Team 23, Carl T Smith Middle School, Phoenix: Change A Girl’s Life
The girls of Team 23 are alarmed that young women in their community are giving into peer pressure and becoming teen parents.  The team feels that if girls understood the complexities of what it means to be a teen parent, they will be more likely to say no.  The girls conducted interviews with teen moms that they will release as a podcast so they can spread the word about how difficult it is to be a parent.  They hope that young people who see this video will be able to stand up to the peer pressure and say no.

Team 24, La Joya Community High School, Avondale: The Silent Violence
The girls of Team 24 were upset at the amount of emotional abuse they are seeing.  The girls are concerned that there is not enough information about emotional abuse or what can be done to stop it.  The girls designed a brochure with information about emotional abuse as well as available resources for those being abused and passed them out at their school health fair.  They hope that by getting the word out, the emotional violence will be less prevalent.

Team 26, Back To Life, Phoenix: Hate Talk Hurts
The girls of Team 26 believe that hate speech perpetuates fear, exclusion, and racism.   In order to address this growing issue, the girls chose to create a skit, rap and posters that address the harmful affects that hate speech can have on a community, and how it leads to racism.  The project was performed before an audience of teens and young adults at the local Boys and Girls Club.  The team believes their project helped kids understand how their hurtful words continue negative patterns of prejudice, discrimination and exclusion.

Team 27, Pueblo Del Sol Middle School, Phoenix: Bad Examples=Bad Behavior
Team 27 is angry about vandalism in their community and believes that bad examples lead to bad behavior. In order to combat the negative examples of violence that young people see everyday, the team decided to create positive influences that embrace the message of community pride, ownership, and responsibility.  They did this by creating an awareness week at school with announcements, surveys, and ribbons that honored and recognized students who are good examples with positive attention rather than glorifying bad behavior. 

Team 28, Continuing Education Academy, Tolleson: Do U Know Underground Info
The girls at the Continuing Education Academy noticed that their younger sistas were lacking the confidence and self-esteem they need to be successful in life!  In order to combat this growing trend, the girls decided to create a resource brochure to distribute to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls.  The brochure contained information and resources on common issues girls face; from depression, self-image, and stress.  They hope that by distributing their brochures and talking to girls about safe ways to deal with these issues, girls will be more prepared for their future.  

Team 29, Supai Middle School, Scottsdale: Wait!!
Team 29 wants their peers to know that it is cool to wait.  With teen pregnancy on the rise, the girls believe it is important to spread the word about peer pressure and the impact it can have on young people’s decision making.  The team interviewed both a teen parent and students at their school to determine the best methods for diverting peer pressure.  The girls hope this video will provide the tools and language young people need to confront peer pressure.

Team 31, Boys and Girls Club- Barker, Scottsdale: Art For Change
The girls of Team 31 are passionate about stopping graffiti in their neighborhood.  They believe that if the community had more space for young people to express their creativity, people would be less likely to deface public property.  The girls decided that they would put together a community presentation and invite a local graffiti artist out to talk about how graffiti can be used as a way to improve a community in a designated space. 

Phoenix Girl Steering Committee
The Girl Steering Committee has devoted time this year to planning GFC girl events, speaking at networking events, and advocating for girl leadership.  The girls emceed and planned Spring Into Action and the Completion Ceremony this year. They are the voices and the leadership body of the Girls For A Change Phoenix site.

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