Hardy G*rls Healthy Wom*n is offering one of its core programs — G*rls Coalition Groups — in a virtual format for the winter and spring semesters. The free program provides an opportunity for girls and gender expansive youth in grades four through nine to learn more about media literacy, gender stereotypes, and how to proactively change the culture around them, according to a news release from the organization, based in Waterville.

With the guidance of a trained Colby College student, known as a Muse, the G*rls Coalition Groups provide girls and gender expansive youth the opportunity to gather weekly over Zoom.

Conversation topics and activities are chosen by the Muses and participants in collaboration. Together, they work on action projects that can foster positive changes in their schools and communities. The goal of the G*rls Coalition Groups is to create environments in which youth support each other and are equipped to make positive changes for themselves and others.

If educators or school staff want to organize a coalition group at their school or in their community, or want to register as an individual student (or parent of one) seeking placement into a group, they can begin by filling out a form at hghw.org.

Individuals will be added to a group with young people of approximately the same grade.

To learn more, email Program Coordinator Chistine Bright at [email protected].