• What Girls Need Now

  • We Are Vital

    We boldly embrace change, respond to the needs of girls and are passionately driven towards excellence in everything we do.

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.

Work On the What Girls Need Now Project

We are currently looking to hire community researchers for this project!

The Role

Community researchers will assist Girls in the Game staff and Project Consultant with conducting data collection through focus groups facilitation, community assets sweeps and mapping, data analyses, action planning, and sharing their insights on the research process and emerging research themes. The community researcher should be someone who knows and has strong links to the community, is a good listener, and is excited about being a part of the research process.

The Community Researchers will work a total of 60 hours from June 1-July 31, 2021, with evening and weekend availability



  • Participate in training to acquire research skills and learn best practices on data collection topics, including, but not limited to the following topics:
    • Trauma-Informed research practice
    • Confidentiality
    • Consent procedures
    • Focus Groups facilitation assistance
    • Identifying themes
  • Provide feedback on the research process
  • Data collection through community assets sweeps
  • Alongside the Project Consultant, assist with focus groups facilitation
  • Reply to project-related correspondences in a timely manner
  • Collaborate to find solutions to any issues or challenges that emerge in data collection, assisting in the action planning process
  • Follow all guidelines laid out on research best practices gained through training
  • Participate in debrief meetings to share experiences related to this research and your work as a community researcher