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National Tour


GFC National Tour - Thousands of Girls Trained as Change Agents!

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In September and October 2008, GFC embarked on its first ever National Tour, presented by The Sephora Project. The National Tour was the catalyst for our nationwide expansion and the start of 100 Girl Action Teams throughout the United States!  

The National Tour included Change Your World Trainings and Girl Action Zones at Sephora Stores nationwide. Check out some results below!

Change Your World Trainings - 2-hour trainings for girls in middle school or high school that teach what social change is and how to take action in your community!

  • More than 2,300 girls were trained at 25 schools! Each girl received a Girl Action Kit detailing how she can create change in her neighborhood, city or school. Check out the social change webs girls created about the community issues they want to change 
  • We traveled more than 6,500 miles reaching girls in 11 cities
  • Following the trainings, hundreds of girls have joined our Girl Action Network
  • GFC Girl Action Teams will start at more than 70% of the schools where we offered Change Your World Trainings. This number is still growing!
  • GFC will expand to Richmond, VA where 8-10 new Girl Action Teams will start in January 2009

Girl Action Zones - held at Sephora Stores throughout the country, these information sessions introduced girls to GFC and invited them to identify their passions and join our Girl Action Network

  • Community members told us what they want to change and what they are passionate about. Check out the videos here!
  • Hundreds of community members were invited to join the GFC Girl Action Network and encouraged to take a stand for change in their community
  • GFC Staff brought Girl Action Zones to 10 Sephora stores in 10 cities throughout the U.S.

Interested in learning more? Contact carrie@girlsforachange.org

Want to start a GFC Girl Action Team where you live? Check out our website here

A big thank you to The Sephora Project and our National Tour Partners for their support! Check them out here.

The GFC National Tour

Wrappedcars2_2 We kicked off our nationwide expansion in fall 2008 with the GFC National Tour presented by The Sephora Project.

The tour empowered thousands of girls across the country and launch a new Girls For A Change site in Richmond, VA. This year we will both double the number of GFC community sites and the number of girls we reach.

Our four-week tour started in the San Francisco Bay Area and ended in New York City—stopping at more than 25 schools and organizations along the way! The tour is the catalyst to launch 100 new Girl Action Teams nationwide. Click here to learn more about the tour, which includes Change Your World Trainings in five cities, Girl Action Zones in 10 cities along the way, and our powerful new Change Your World Action Kit and Training that will be free to girls nationwide. 

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Also launching this fall is the new GFC Action Network. Thousands of girls and women who participate in the National Tour will stay connected—and thousands will more will join them online—to create and share their GFC social change projects and resources. On the GFC Action Network, existing and new Girl Action Teams can work together to complete their projects and 1,000s more can download the Change Your World Action Kit to create change in their own way and join this revolutionary movement. CHECK IT OUT!

Sephora_project_logo_250_2Sephora Partnership
Though GFC's national partnership with The Sephora Project, GFC will reach 1 million girls through in-store events, online Change Your World Action Kits and our 7 Ways to Change Your World pamphlet in every Sephora store. See the latest information about The Sephora Project launch events here.

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We couldn't empower girls and women without the support of our national partners. Learn more about them here.

Nationwide Girl Action Teams
GFC will launch 100 high-impact Girl Action Teams across the country engaging 1,000 girls and 200 women coaches in identifying, designing and implementing girl-led solutions to pressing issues they face in their communities.

GFC National Tour Partners

Want to reach and empower thousands of girls and women to learn how to create social change? For more information about sponsoring the GFC National Tour, please contact Eleanor Rouse, National Development Director, eleanor@girlsforachange.org.

GFC and Sephora have joined forces to bring the Girls For A Change Action Kit and the Girls For A Change Action Network to girls all over the globe.

Sephora is the presenting sponsor of The Girls For A Change National Tour launching September 2008.

Sephora, the beauty authority, revolutionized the global beauty industry with its unique retail concept rooted in a powerful combination of unparalleled brand and product assortment, distinctive store design and the beauty expertise of its sales consultants. Sephora offers clients a choice of more than 200 classic and emerging beauty brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, makeup, fragrance, bath & body, hair care, smile care and tools, as well as the company’s own private label.  Sephora was founded in France in 1969 and acquired by Paris-based LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury products group, in 1997.  Now, celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2008, Sephora America operates more than 210 stores in the United States and Canada, and the world’s top beauty website, Sephora.com.  Sephora Europe has more than 500 stores within 12 countries and has established 30 locations in China. Thanks to Sephora’s recent partnerships with HSN, a global multi-channel retailing giant, and JCPenney, one of America’s largest department stores, the beauty authority is now accessible to more clients than ever before. Sephora is proud to announce their commitment to Girls For A Change, and supports their mission to empower girls to create social change.

"Sephora choosing to partner Girls For A Change makes a statement to girls that inner beauty is most important. We are proud to have created a powerful partnership with a company that holds the value of investing in small, independent brands and helping them grow. Our partnership with Sephora will allow Girls For A Change to reach girls across the United States." —Whitney Smith, GFC Founder & CEO
EILEEN FISHER’s mission is to inspire simplicity, creativity and delight through connection and great design. The original design concept—high-quality, simple, comfortable women’s clothing that works as a “wardrobing concept”— allow women to dress effortlessly and with delight, giving them more time to pursue the things they are passionate about. 

As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is dedicated to supporting women through social initiatives that address their well being, to guiding their product and process towards sustaining the environment and to practicing business responsibly with absolute regard for human rights.    EILEEN FISHER also believes in supporting women in the communities near their offices and stores, through various grant programs, including the Self Image Grant program for women and girls and Eileen’s Business Grant program for woman entrepreneurs.  Each grant program seeks organizations which are socially conscious, emphasize sustainability and are innovative in their approach to what they do. 

EILEEN FISHER encourages the growth and personal development of all employees through a culture of collaboration.  They believe this has lead to the growth and development of the company, with sales in 2007 exceeding $254 million.  Since 2004, the company has been recognized as one of the top 25 medium-sized companies to work for in the U.S.
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Marriott International is very proud to belong to thousands of communities around the world. And because we believe that strong neighborhoods, towns, and cities are vital to the well-being of our society and economy, we feel we have a special responsibility and role to play in helping our communities thrive. We want every Marriott community to be a better place to live and work because we are there.
National Semiconductor is a long-time supporter of Girls For A Change and its mission to empower girls to change their communities and the world. National Semiconductor creates energy-efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. Its PowerWise® products enable systems that consume less power, extend battery life, and generate less heat. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.89 billion for fiscal 2008 which ended May 25, 2008.
The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $12.5 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.  In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org
Respect Rx LLC is a social entrepreneurial venture devoted to empowering girls, women and their advocates to boost self-respect, sisterhood, and social change in their lives (and our world). Respect Rx and our best-selling book for teen girls and young women, RESPECT, have been featured by CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, USA Today, National Public Radio, and in CosmoGIRL! Glamour, Mothering, Teen Vogue and other media outlets. Respect Rx founder, Courtney Macavinta, also is a long-time GFC volunteer and partner. We make the respect connection through: books • blogs • advice columns • guides • coaching • workshops • retreats • assemblies • conferences • keynotes • trainings • media appearances. Respect Rx: True respect starts on the inside!
The Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center and Gilroy Medical Offices offer a unique approach to healthcare; integrating physicians, hospitals, services and insurance in one place. That means you and your family have access to the health care you need and the wellness programs you want. In addition to a full service, 228 licensed-bed hospital and outpatient medical offices, Kaiser Permanente is home to the Cardiac and Transplant, Genetics, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Spine Care "Centers of Excellence". "Centers of Excellence" are Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers designated as a center of knowledge, expertise, technological equipment and advancements in certain medical specialties. Kaiser’s mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.
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Pajaro Valley High, Watsonville
Cypress Charter High, Santa Cruz
Scottsdale Unified School District
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Dysart High, Surprise
Dysart Elementary, Surprise
Mohave Middle, Scottsdale
Supai Middle, Scottsdale
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Change Your World Training Partners

The following schools are confirmed for Change Your World Trainings in 2008. The trainings are part of the National Tour Presented by The Sephora Project. Check back here for frequent updates as more schools are confirmed. 

San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley
Metro Leadership High, San Francisco
Pajaro Valley High, Watsonville
Cypress Charter High, Santa Cruz
MACSA El Portal, Gilroy
Ascension Solarsano Middle, Gilroy

Dysart High, Surprise
Dysart Elementary, Surprise
Mohave Middle, Scottsdale
Supai Middle, Scottsdale
Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, Scottsdale

Baltimore City
West Baltimore Middle
Calverton Elementary

Richmond, VA - Richmond City
Thomas Jefferson High
Huguenot High
John Marshall High
Albert Hill Middle
Henderson Middle
Thompson Middle
Chandler Middle
Binford Middle

Hope Charter
The Charles Yates Center for Children and Families (Lumberton, NJ)

New York City
MS 399, Bronx
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Want to volunteer at a Change Your World Training? The volunteer position requires approximately 3.5 hours and volunteers have the opportunity to facilitate group activities with girl participants. Fill out an application today! Change Your World Training volunteer application

Meet the National Tour Trainers!

In September 2008, GFC will embark on our National Tour Presented by the Sephora Project. The tour includes Change Your World Trainings at more than 25 schools and organizations across the country! Meet the social change agents who will facilitate the GFC trainings:

Patricia Torres

Patriciatorres_head_shot Patricia is passionate about partnering with youth to create social change in cities across the U,S.! She has just completed a master’s program in International Urban Planning at the London School of Economics focused on infusing the voice and power of historically marginalized communities (ethnic minorities, women, youth) into city planning processes across the globe. Prior to that, Patricia spent three years with Girls For A Change Silicon Valley (GFC). Working her way from Program Manager to Program Director, she helped secure annual partnerships with over 60 schools and community-based organizations, and to recruit over 2,500 youth to the program. Prior to joining GFC, Patricia worked in Mexico City. She served as a grant writer and workshop presenter for SIEMBRA, an organization which partners with entrepreneurial indigenous girls and women in micro-enterprise, leadership skill development and reproductive-rights awareness building. In 2002, Patricia graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley with a major in Gender and Comparative Urban Studies, where she identified girls’ and women’s empowerment as key to democratic planning for healthy cities worldwide. As a student, she participated in numerous community projects ranging from teaching a class on local and global activism, advocating for local homeless communities, to collaborating with youth on environmental justice campaigns. Patricia is also fluent in Spanish.

Kelly C. Weiley

Kw_head_shot Kelly is excited to meet and work with amazing women and girls on the GFC National Tour to create social change! Kelly is currently a member of Adjunct Faculty at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota teaching courses that focus on race, class, and gender in the United States. Kelly was awarded her Master of Science in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University in 2007 concentrating her studies on multicultural and social justice education and indigenous and international service-learning. She has published two book chapters on her research that suggest that globally-focused service-learning projects with a social justice, anti-racist, anti-colonial, liberatory framework demonstrate potential to move students away from a   charity-based model of doing-for to a solidarity-based model of working-with. After completing her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, she volunteered for two years completing over 12 different service projects in communities throughout the Western United States with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Following AmeriCorps, she lived in Boston, MA partnering with the Boston Private Industry Council and Boston Public Schools Year 13 program working with students from mostly low income, immigrant, and refugee families and received the prestigious PIC Achiever Award from the Boston Private Industry Council for her commitment to youth. Kelly also serves as an active board member of an international non-profit organization, Fifty Lanterns International, whose goal is to offer safe, reliable, solar lighting to people in areas of strife and conflict prioritizing women and child headed households around the globe.

National Tour Details

Gfctour_map During the GFC National Tour, presented  by The Sephora Project, we will train more than 2,500 girls at schools and organizations throughout the country with our Change Your World Trainings. The trainings are free to schools and community organizations. During a 90-minute or 2-hour workshop, girls will learn about social change, discover a diverse group of social change role models, and get user-friendly tools and resources for starting change on their own! Each participant will receive GFC’s free Change Your World Action Kit, which is a how-to-guide for creating social change from start to finish. The workshop is followed by meaningful and interactive activities hosted by the sponsors of the National Tour.

We'll be offering the training at Change Your World Trainings in the following cities:

  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Phoenix
  • Baltimore
  • Philadelphia Metro Area
  • New York City
  • Richmond, VA

Check out the schools that are confirmed for trainings here.

Two GFC trainers facilitate each training. Learn more about our trainers here!

Girl Action Zones
During the tour, we'll stop at Girl Action Zones, which are interactive gatherings where girls and women learn about social change and the power they have to create it. Girls and women will discover their inner social change agent and their inner beauty at participating SEPHORA stores throughout the country. These 3 to 4 hour events inside the Sephora stores will include opportunities to discover what social change means, brainstorm what issues are important to women and girls and learn about ways GFC can support girls and women in creating change. GFC representatives will be on hand to guide girls and women through this process. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for GFC’s Action Network and be part of a network of women and girls throughout the world who are working on change projects. In addition, girls and women will have the chance to share what they are passionate about and how they want to address the issue they want to change by creating photo and video diaries that will be posted online on GFC’s Action Network. 



In coordination with the National Tour, we are launching new Girl Action Teams in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, VA and other cities across the country.

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