• What Girls Need Now

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About the Project

We are vital: This is one of our core values at Girls in the Game, and one we are excited to pursue through the What Girls Need Now Project. With a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) under their Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program, we will conduct a community assessment with representatives from Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale and West Garfield Park in order to create an action plan for how Girls in the Game will operate in these communities going forward.

Through the project, Girls in the Game will conduct an internal analysis of our current and past programs, and compare this impact with what we learn from community members. We will engage both Youth Researchers and Community Researchers, along with at least 10 community focus groups across the neighborhoods and current and previous program participants to complete a relevant needs assessment and create an asset map.

The ultimate goal of the project is to provide a roadmap for Girls in the Game to better serve girls by understanding What Girls Need Now, in their own words.