In June 2020, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, Palm Beach County Victim Services and Pace Center for Girls Palm Beach came together to form the Girls Coordinating Council (GCC) of Palm Beach County. The first step of this new community collaborative was to meet with the Birth to 22 Steering Committee, who welcomed the GCC as their newest action team and agreed to provide the backbone support and technical assistance needed for strengthening the Council. For the past 16 months, the GCC has worked to identify and strengthen the network of support services for girls in Palm Beach County. As a data-driven initiative, we launched a Network Analysis Survey in August 2021. With funding support from the 4Girls Foundation, our project coordinator developed a survey for community-based providers in Palm Beach County to identify which agencies they collaborate with when providing services to girls. We are specifically focusing on those that serve girls in the mental health and juvenile justice areas.
If you are interested in learning more about the results of the Network Analysis Survey, join us at our next meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 1 pm. For a link to attend, email Holly Carotenuto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception, the GCC has committed to letting the Girls Voice lead the work. In May 2021, the Girls Voice Taskforce, a subcommittee of GCC, began hosting a virtual space for girls ages 12-19. These meetings are open to any girl in Palm Beach County. Here is what a member of Girls Voice Taskforce had to say, “I have loved my experience with the Girl's Voice Task Force so much, and I am extremely excited to continue working with them in the future. They are dedicated to making sure our voices are heard and helping us to express how we feel. Not only do they empower us every time we meet, but they push us to become the best leaders in our community that we can be" – Girl's Voice Taskforce Member Bella, age 13.
Our next Girls Voice Taskforce virtual space is Thursday, November 11th, at 5:30 pm. If you know of a girl who would like to join Girls Voice Taskforce, email Winter Jones at WJones@pbcgov.org
Check out recent videos below to learn more about the work of Girls Voice Taskforce and their commitment to end violence against girls in PBC!