As far as we’re concerned, every day is a Day of the Girl here at Indy Maven. But we wanted to celebrate the actual International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11 by shining a light on some local organizations doing important work in Indianapolis. These five organizations help empower the girls and young women of our city by providing resources, mentorship, and community building. We are so grateful for all that they do.
We also asked each organization to submit songs that their girls feel describe them best—and let’s just say, we think this is going to be your new favorite playlist.
Founded in 1969, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has provided programming and resources to more than 4,000 girls in the Indy area. Girls Inc. strives to inspire girls to be “strong, smart, and bold” by working with trained female professionals to help girls set and achieve their goals, and build the confidence to do so.
Girls Rock! Indianapolis is best known for their summer camp, but did you know this non-profit has events and resources all year long? The group focuses on encouraging young women to think creatively and uses music as an agent for community building. The organization believes that teaching music to girls will help them develop their own ideas and identities.
On my honor, the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana are an integral part of our community! The non-profit organization strives to inspire courage, confidence, and character in young women through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana aims to help girls develop the skills required to make the world a better place.
Girl Talk is an Indianapolis-founded mentoring program that encourages girls to talk about their everyday lives and feelings. The group hosts an eight-week program that focuses on helping girls create a healthy self-image and magnify their voices. The professional mentors at Girl Talk aim to arm girls with the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
This community of cyclists focuses on sharing in a healthy lifestyle with all women and girls, but specifically Black women and girls. Black Girls Do Bike: Indy supports cycling advocacy and education by coordinating group bike rides around our community. Read more about this amazing group here.
Meghan Stratton is a senior at Butler University and enjoys frequent dance breaks to her own “female empowerment” Spotify playlist. She’ll be guaranteed to scream-sing all the words to “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia… every single time.