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 six years 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 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. Our work should push boundaries and encourage new thinking and practice. Innovation and 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 can get further by partnering and learning from others than we can on our own.



  • 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