At our year-end celebration, I was amazed at the growth of the girls. One girl said she used to be insecure, but now she’s not afraid to speak up. Another student who was being treated for self-harm, said
Girl Talk Is Her Only Safe Space.
Student & Girl Talk National Leader of the Year Founded Ontario, Canada's first Chapter
“At our year-end celebration, I was amazed at the growth of the girls. One girl said she used to be insecure, but now she’s not afraid to speak up. Another student who was being treated for self-harm, said Girl Talk is her only safe space.”
I founded the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Girl Talk Chapter in 2015 with the desire to empower girls with an inclusive, sustainable solution to the issues they were facing. After interviewing and selecting 11 high school leaders to be mentors, we worked together bi-weekly and discussed topics such as media, feminism, diversity, friendship and mental health, answering any questions they had and giving individualized advice about the middle school girls they were mentoring.
At every meeting, I went through our anonymous question box to stay relevant to the current issues that our Girl Talk girls face. The questions I received kept me grounded in my mission to create safe spaces for girls to share their innermost deepest thoughts, and explore their identities in a supportive environment.
At our year-end celebration dinner in 2016, I was amazed with the growth of both the high school leaders and our middle school girls, as they performed (regardless of fear) in our Girl Talk talent show and submitted art/writing pieces as their reflection of the year.
One girl photo-shopped herself as a flying fairy and captioned it, “I’ve always been insecure about my opinions, but now I’m no longer afraid of speaking up.”
Another 7th grader who struggled with self-image, drew her face and split it in half to demonstrate the before and after of Girl Talk. Using words like “stupid, fat, unwanted, ugly, weird” on one side, and “beautiful, generous, funny, powerful, loved” on the other.
Girl Talk has proven to me how influential leadership can be in redefining the way young girls view and believe in themselves.
The mission of Girl Talk is to inspire all girls to develop the confidence to lead.
Thirty-One Gives is proudly celebrating five years of a fully integrated partnership that has empowered girls throughout the U.S. and Canada to become strong, confident leaders.
Did you know
- Thirty-One has inspired nearly 40% of all Girl Talk chapters in the U.S. and Canada
- Girl Talk will be rolling out a new, comprehensive brand strategy thanks to Thirty-One!
- Together we have reached over 65,000 girls with a leadership curriculum designed for high school girls to mentor middle school girls
- We garnered over 31,000 social media impressions in one month, in celebration of our partnership
- Every new Girl Talk chapter receives a Thirty-One Welcome Kit
- Hundreds of girls have received handwritten messages form Thirty-One Consultants
- There are 12 established Girl Talk chapters in Canada, with more to come
- JJ Mahenthirarajan from Ontario, Canada, was named 2017 Girl Talk National Leader of the Year!