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Help Gaia Girls Passages Thrive into 2019!
In this time when life is speeding up, screen time and social media influences are increasing for our girls and earth disconnection and separation from each other is on the rise, the work of Gaia Girls Passages is more important than ever.
Gaia Girls* Passages provides safe circles of support that teach the skills of social and emotional intelligence and nature connection. Girls are immersed in an inter-generational community and are mentored through a meaningful rite of passage into their teenage years.
*Gaia Girls uses the word “girls” to mean all children, pre-teens and teens who identify as a girl and is inclusive of LGBTQ, trans girls, and those who identify along the gender spectrum and feel they belong at Gaia Girls.
We invite you to be a part of our team of Gaia Girls supporters! Each dollar that you give will help more girls to feel connected to themselves, the Earth, and each other. Your support will help us to continue our free program for West Oakland girls, and create a solid base to launch our curriculum campaign over the next year in order to solidly train and support our staff.
“Gaia Girls has helped my daughter grow tremendous confidence in herself.”
Your support will help us to take the next steps towards the following goals:Bring Gaia Girls to more communities: We are being asked to offer groups beyond our current capacity to provide them.
Support Our Scholarship fund: We provided over $30,000 in scholarships in 2018. Help us continue our commitment to make Gaia Girls accessible to all.
Continue our West Oakland Group: We provide a free of cost Gaia Girls group for girls from low income families who otherwise would not have access to a nature based girls group. This fall we were able to bring the girls out to their local park. For many of them, it was their first time being in such a wild place, and they loved it! This alone costs us $8000
Pay our Staff A Living Wage (for the Bay Area): We intend to pay our amazing staff a living wage for the San Francisco Bay Area, where the cost of living is high. We believe that we can only nourish others if we are nourished.
Pay for Diversity and Equity Consultation and Training for Our Staff: We are committed to being an organization that is sensitive and inclusive to all and stands in solidarity with all people.
Raising Funds through Foundational Grants: We seek to diversify how Gaia Girls is being funded with a combination of program fees, individual donors, and grants. It is more likely that foundations will offer us funding if they see that we have strong community support.
“Spending time with Gaia Girls outdoors has helped her find comfort in nature... she doesn't mind getting dirty anymore!”
Why Gaia Girls Is Essential in This Time … Gaia Girls Passages is preparing girls for what is here and what is coming. We know that each girl who is supported to feel confident in her body, mind and spirit, will have a better chance of interfacing with the challenges that life will inevitably present, both personally and globally. We know that a thriving girl becomes a whole woman who knows her gifts, and can share them with a world that is in dire need. We can confidently say that your support will go a long way: The ripples of your generosity will benefit the lives of each girl, those who she touches in the world, Gaia/Mother Earth, and future generations -- all of whom thank you for your support!
Gratitudes … We send a blanket of gratitude to the winds, the waters, the earth, and the fires, the plants that offer us food and medicine, the coyotes howling at night, the birds who greet us at dawn, the moon who waxes and wanes and the sun who feeds us with steady warmth and energy. We give thanks to our ancestors and the long line of women who have come before us who held and initiated their girls into adulthood. We recognize that we are offering our programs on land that was unrightfully taken from the Chochenyo Oholone people and other first nation peoples of the various lands where our programs are held. We give thanks for those who have tended and lived on these lands for thousands of years and hope to honor them in our work to connect in a respectful way to these lands. We pray for balance between humans and all of our human and more than human family.
We send deep gratitude to the ancestors and teachers, those who have informed the work of Gaia Girls Passages, and to the families, aunties, and girls who have made Gaia Girls what it is today.
“She now tells close friends she doesn't want to gossip about other girls.”
“Role playing and conversations have helped her handle confrontations and understand her emotions and feelings.”