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:

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Chicago Girls' Coalition

Chicago Girls’ Coalition offers Chicago-area youth workers gender-specific training, peer-to-peer networking meetings, a growing website, and a directory of local girls programs.  For more information:


If you need training in young women and girls organizing/advocacy/activism


Do you need training in making your program safe for LGBTQ youth?

  • In the Chicago area, contact the Coalition for Sexual Orientation in Education for training options
  • Outside metro Chicago, contact Advocates for Youth.


Need training in youth development work?

  • Check out the training services provided by Chicago Area Project:

Other Resources

Reach out to your colleagues by contacting program staff at any of the programs GBF helps fund. Those with experience are usually happy to share what they've learned, and may be great mentors.

If you are outside metro Chicago, visit the Women’s Funding Network website for grants lists of closer girls and women’s funds.

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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