Copyright 2005
Girl's Best Friend Foundation

Girl's Best Friend Foundation (GBF) closed November 2007. 
GBF’s records are archived with Special Collections of the University
of Illinois, Chicago.  In fall 2008, they will be made public:

What Girls Say They Need

GBF-commissioned guidance: Speak for Yourself: What Girls Say about What Girls Need

Speak for Yourself reports on a GBF-commissioned two-year study of more than 200 girls ages 12 to 18 in six Illinois communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our aim was twofold:

  • to gather information about what works best for girls in programs
  • to promote girls' power and leadership skills through participation in the research process and in partnership with adults

Speak for Yourself executive summary (PDF, 2 pages, 288K)

Speak for Yourself full report (PDF, 107 pages, 800k)

The executive summary is best for youth workers just wanting the study's findings; the full report may be better for academics and others conducting research. To receive a paper copy of the report, please contact us at Contact us or 312/266-2842.

Exclusive resources for GBF grantees

If you are interested in being invited to any of the following, tell us.

Youth Worker Exchanges
GBF hosts periodic discussions on topics that cut across many girls programs.

Learning Circles
Small, focused, professionally facilitated peer groups that meet regularly over seven months, to solve work-related organizational, management, and conceptual issues.

Training & Consultation on Evaluation and Research
Girls programs find the training we offer a great way to learn and carry out girl-friendly investigation and evaluation. GBF offers one or two groups trainings a year, and also underwrites training and consultation.
Read more about our research and evaluation

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