In 2017, with International Women's Day only a week away, we decided we wanted to do more than just post a #girlpower status on social media. We were tired of just expressing our feminism through hashtags and “the future is female” t-shirts only to go back to focusing on our daily lives.
We started Girlz, FTW because we wanted to do something tangible to support women and girls. We wanted to channel the magic of women's day every single day. So, we designed a website, asked our most inspiring friends to become mentors, created a curriculum and launched applications for mentees – all in seven days.
Girls from all over the world applied to the program. We chose a final 16 mentees hailing from India, Canada and all around the U.S. and paired them with badass female leaders. We hosted a speaker series to learn from other badass women. We shared awkward moments, insecurities, fights with our parents. We talked about how to get into college, how to build a killer resume, what feminism means to us. We watched inspiring TED Talks, started bullet journals and planned our visions for the year. We supported each other.
Today, our program has thousands of girlz from over 73 countries, our team has grown from 3 to 13, and our vision has expanded beyond just a mentorship program. As we continue look at news headlines from around the world, we know there’s a lot more work ahead of us. So, with our heads held high and a deep sense of urgency, we’re marching towards the future we want. We hope you join us for this wild ride.
Note: All roles are volunteer positions. We are happy to write recommendation letters if you'd like to include your experience on our team in your resume.
The Girlz, FTW Community Lead is responsible for leading workshops and executing programming that helps us build a strong and connected community. We'll be launching a new pilot program and are looking for someone who has a track record of working on women's issues and has the ability to bring groups of people together in meaningful ways.
Leading virtual workshops with girlz around the world
Managing an leading a Whatsapp group to keep community conversations going
Identifying challenges the community is facing and surfacing them to ensure programming is tailored to solve for those challenges
Tracking community engagement metrics
Experience in community building, especially experience building virtual community
Experience leading workshops and public speaking
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
Team player who can work independently and take initiative
Adept problem-solver with proven ability to swiftly address and resolve challenges in a timely manner
Your dream role
Interested in joining our dream team but don't see your dream role listed? We still want to hear from you!
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I'm at my best when caffeinated. I work at the intersection of technology and politics and I'm passionate about empowering people to have a voice in government. You'll sometimes catch me speaking at the United Nations or hosting dinners that bring people with various political beliefs together. I'm most inspired by women who lead with purpose and continuously elevate girlz around them.
I'm never without an erasable pen & paperback book. As I shuffle a mile a minute in the big apple, I'm forever adding fire to my soul by creating an engaging community to address and tackle society’s prevalent issues through powerful media. Catch me changing the conversation by hosting movie screenings to salons that run the gamut from women empowerment to the refugee crisis.
I'm passionate about creating spaces people can connect which directly translates into my work at the crux of community and tech. Storytelling has always been at the core of what I do, something I brought along from my past as a publicist and digital media editor. You could say I'm a content fiend, from women-centric sites to classic literature to quirky films. Otherwise, you can find me walking around a museum, discovering female artists and illustrators on Instagram and adding to my large earring collection.
Breaking the glass ceiling and curios at the same time. Clumsy at heart with purpose in my mind. I am passionate about empowerment and ending prejudice of all kinds usually through conversations, films and content that show a perspective that's different from time-bound stereotypes. When I'm not raising my voice for awareness about rights and politics, you'll find me with headphones on, listening to music and dancing!
I've long been actively passionate about social good causes, from tutoring underprivileged kids to running group therapy for adolescents on probation. I studied music and conducting in college, but have loved tech since I was little, and am thrilled to be a software engineer. When I’m not coding, I enjoy singing, investigating new green tech companies, and spending time with my cat. As a bay area native and self-proclaimed taco aficionado, I will happily (and fiercely) debate the caliber of local taquerias.
PROGRAM OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
I am an educator, trainer, and pastry chef. I began my career teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to elementary and middle school learners before transitioning to teaching adult learners. Recently, I was at a nonprofit working at the intersection of culinary and professional learning in New York City. I am passionate about supporting women and about equity, inclusion, and representation. I love to read, write, and listen to music. My (current) favorite colors are green and gold.
MENTEE EXPERIENCE MANAGER
I am an outspoken, creative, dog-loving, and proud Asian Canadian. I moved to New York to pursue my dreams of becoming a fashion designer and found myself lost in the chaos of the fashion industry. However, I remembered what was important and all the values my family instilled in me. Life is not about comparing and competing with others but only about being my best self. I'm passionate about creating communities and safe spaces where women can be themselves and chase their dreams, however big or small. You can catch me biking with my dog on my back or eating my way around New York City.
MARYAM AND NIVAAL REHMAN
We're twin activists with a passion for inspiring other youth in the world to make a difference. We're activists for causes including girls' education, environmental sustainability, and ending poverty. Together, we run the YouTube channel The World With MNR to showcase how we are making a difference. We're inspired by all the dreamers in the world who don't give up on their dreams until they come true.
My name is Lasya, and I’m a high schooler fromEdison, New Jersey who is passionate about public speaking and debate. My experience with Model UN and student government has made me fall in love with international relations and global affairs. I’m inspired by brave girlz all throughout the world who stir the pot and push for change — something which I strive to do in the future. In my free time you can catch me binge watching Netflix, dancing, singing, or playing the flute.
BLESSING CHINOMSO NWANKWO
NIGERIA COUNTRY LEAD
Even though my mother once told me: "You were born to be a leader", I always thought I was just one piece of a larger puzzle. Over time, I've learned that being smart isn't about knowing it all, it's about making decisions that are right for you. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where you come from, its all about the actions you take to make a positive impact on others. I'm a Latina making a difference in the lives of others by teaching them to infuse love in everything they do. My mamá once told I would make it big, and now I think I can!
I am a New York City native with over 19 years of nonprofit experience with women, children and young adults. I am a fierce advocate for social justice, diversity and equity in education. In my free time you’ll likely catch me cracking up at relatable memes, manifesting my goals, playing an overly competitive game of Taboo or spending time with loved ones.
I've lived life through storytelling and experiences, I'm an ardent listener and writer. The burning desire to serve and to add value has led me to pursue social change and self-development. I have a vivacious personality and a sheep best describes me; calm and wild. If I am not having great conversations, writing or reading, then I'll be playing loud songs or having photography sessions with myself.