Vision, History & Values

Our vision is that Washington state is a leader in offering practices, programs, and policies tailored for girls facing adversity so they can overcome obstacles, access opportunities, and secure a purposeful future.

The Coalition formed a decade ago when advocates, academics, policy-makers and groups working with girls saw a need to improve court services for girls in our state. We became a 501c3 non-profit in 2015. Helping girls grow and thrive is at the heart of our mission. 

We Believe:

  • Gender matters. Along with other individual factors like race, ethnicity, age, disability, and background, a youth's visible gender and gender identity affect how they respond to the world and how the world responds to them.

  • Racial equity, youth voice and ally-ship are the fabric of - not an add-on to - our work.

  • Scrutiny makes us better. Our work is open to evaluation for improving impact.

  • Innovation is required. Using Washington State data to promote better outcomes for girls should lead to continuity of care for girls across systems and greater economic opportunities;

  • Collaboration creates synergy. We get farther by partnering and learning from others than on our own.

Grant awards

  • Contract award in 2016 from the National Girl's Innovation Award from The Office ofJuvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention and The National Crittenton Foundation

  • Selected in 2017 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Fellowship with the Department of Children, Youth & Families and the Administrative Office of the Courts to pilot the Community Framework for System Change developed by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Florida.

  • Selected in 2018 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to participate in the national Advocacy Learning Center.

  • Selected in 2018 by the Satterberg Foundation for a three year capacity building grant to expand our advocacy and training efforts.