The Girls' Network

The Importance of Positive Networks: An Introduction to the Girls’ Network

Brighton Digital Women loves to support non-profits that, like us, exist to support diversity. The Girl’s Network, led by passionate CEO & co-founder, Becca Dean, is one such non-profit.

Becca spoke at our November 2017 event and left us feeling inspired about the work her charity does. This blog post is by Claire Hill-Dixon, Becca’s colleague and Network manager for Brighton. Read on if you missed Becca’s talk or want to find out more about The Girls’ Network.

Who are The Girls’ Network?

The Girls’ Network is an award-winning charity that inspires and empowers girls from the least advantaged communities. It does this by connecting them with a network of positive female role models.

Girls from the least advantaged communities are held back at school and in life. They face the double disadvantage of gender and wealth inequality.

Compared to their male peers, and wealthier female counterparts, they are:

  • less likely to do well at school
  • less likely to go on to university
  • less likely to enter the world of work

For example, there are 118,000 more women than men who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). The Girls’ Network is working to change this.

We were founded by Becca Dean and Charly Young in London in 2012.

Becca and Charly were working as teachers as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. They started inviting women from their own networks into their schools to speak to the girls.

The girls and their visitors found the conversations so inspiring that they wanted to make more of a long-term commitment. The first mentoring relationships were established. More women heard about the work and asked to join in, and so The Girls’ Network was born.

The Girls’ Network is now working in London, the South Coast, the Midlands, the North West and the North East. We aim to be in every region in the country by 2020.

The programme consists 1:1 mentoring from a professional woman for each girl and a minimum of two workshops tailored to the girl’s interests.

Once the girls graduate, they are invited to become an ambassador. This gives them lifelong access to all the benefits of The Girls’ Network. This include internships, networking opportunities, and cultural experiences.

Why we need your support

When we share statistics on gender representation with the girls we work with, we share them because it puts a fire in their bellies.

We encourage and support the girls to see the statistics as something to breakdown and not to be limited by.

This is only possible with the amazing network of people that make up The Girls’ Network. From leading workshops and roundtables, to fundraising and providing work experience placements, the amazing women and men that fuel the Network are invaluable to the progress of the girls we work with.

How you can get involved

Below you will find a few examples of how you can get involved:

  • hosting or leading a workshop for girls
  • engaging with our young people (offering work experience or attending careers/networking events)
  • offering internal support (providing specialist pro bono support for internal projects)
  • fundraising
  • providing venue space (we have a high need for this)
  • connecting The Girls’ Network with schools that would benefit from the mentoring programme
  • connecting The Girls’ Network with business or community leaders (especially in regions beyond London)
  • providing digital support services (for example, creating or editing digital resources, making videos, etc)

To register your interest in any of the above please fill out this form.

We would love to hear from you so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Claire Hill-Dixon, Network Manager for Brighton

Find us on Facebook @thegirlsnetwork and Twitter @TheGirlsNet for the latest from The Girls’ Network.

If you’d like to share your charity’s story with the Brighton Digital Women community, get in touch.

Brighton-born freelance writer and content strategist, who enjoys connecting people. When not organising events for Brighton Digital Women, Lana can be found writing words that help people, publications, and purposeful brands.

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