Information Session Registration is Now Closed!

Thanks to everyone who has registered to attend our information session for potential Girl Talk facilitators on Saturday.   Registration is now closed because we have reached the room’s capacity.

For those who have signed up, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday at 2 p.m. sharp.  We plan to start on time.

For those who we had to turn away, please consider supporting Girl Talk in the other ways that we have listed below.  Additionally, we hope to offer another information session for potential volunteers next year in April or May 2011.  Stay tuned for that!

We will continue to update Girl Talk’s progress on this blog so we hope that you will continue to follow us here!


How You Can Help Girl Talk…

We’ve been asked by a number of people who cannot volunteer as program facilitators if there are other ways that they can support our work.  There definitely are and we are attaching a list of ways to support Girl Talk here.

Some of our needs include someone who can design a Girl Talk t-shirt which we will use to fundraise for this effort and which we will also give to the young women who participate in the program.  We are looking for people to organize supply drives on their campuses, at their places of work, and in their communities. We need someone to design a logo for Girl Talk.  The list is endless but we just mentioned a few in the handout.

Findings from the Girls Shape the Future Study

The Girls Shape the Future study, conducted by Girls Inc., in collaboration with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), from 2001 to 2006, surveyed more than 800 adolescent girls over a three-year period from approximately sixth through ninth grades. The data presented in the study focus on sexual behavior and attitudes and challenge common perceptions about girls whose futures are considered at risk because of factors over which they have no control, such as their race, their family configuration, or their family’s economic status. The report also sheds important new light on risk and protective factors for girls’ early sexual activity.
To download a summary or the full report, click here.

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group: Recommendations for the JTDC

In 2008, the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group published a very helpful report to support young women’s needs at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.  They offered a set of recommendations, many of which have been adopted in the intervening years.

This is a good read and provides some historical information about young women at the JTDC and their needs.  You can download the report below.

GenderMattersCCJTDCpolicyrecommendationsApril 2008

Melanie Cervantes: Young Mother’s Bill of Rights

I am a big fan of artist Melanie Cervantes’s art.  I have purchased two copies of the poster below.  This particular piece directly relates to Girl Talk’s work.

By Melanie Cervantes

The following is a description of how this poster came to be:

The Center For Young Women’s Development in San Francisco asked me to partner with them to create a poster and postcards to popularize the Young Mother’s Bill of Rights. The Center was integral to creating the Bill of Rights through a campaign they won. San Francisco Juvenile Hall has accepted and agreed to implement the Center’s ten-point Young Mother’s Bill of Rights, which sets forth the rights of pregnant and parenting young woman and young fathers who are locked in juvenile hall. They wanted young men and women to know their rights as parents and felt that a compelling graphic would help grab the attention of the young people in lockup so we made a few hundred posters and thousands of postcards to give out to the young people.

The Center for Young Women’s Development was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers working with young and adult women in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The guiding principle then and now for the organization is that young women are the experts on issues impacting their lives and they should be involved in running and directing the programs that serve them. In 1997 their founding director, the brilliant and talented Lateefah Simon, left and young women of color under age 26 assumed all leadership responsibility. Building on a model for self-determination, they began to organize to change the power dynamic in San Francisco itself.

This print can be purchased at Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative for only $15.

Contribute to Our Supply Drive!

Girl Talk will be collecting needed supplies for the young women at JTDC.  We are collecting the following items:

Body Wash

Scented Lotions


Shampoo and Conditioner (we are particularly interested in products that can be used by African American and Latina girls)

Nail Polish

Deodorant (cannot be the ones with the rolling ball — other types are fine)

Combs (no picks)

T-Shirts (Plain White all sizes)

Hair Ties (not barrettes)

Journals (no rope, metal, ties — just simple books that can be purchased at Borders or Barnes and Noble)

Composition Notebooks (different colors – these can also be used as journals)


Coloring Books and Coloring Pencils

Items will be accepted Mondays-Fridays from 10 am to 5 p.m. at Project NIA’s office which we share with the Rogers Park Community Council, 1530 West Morse Ave.

Girl Talk Program Facilitator Orientation on October 2nd…

Please join the Girl Talk Leadership Team on Saturday October 2nd for an information session for young women ages 19 to 35 who are interested in becoming program facilitators with girls who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

This information session will provide important information about the history of Girl Talk, about issues facing girls in trouble with the law, and about key expectations and responsibilities of program facilitation.

When: October 2, 2010

Time: 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Depaul Center, 1  East Jackson Boulevard, Room 8002

Please RSVP by September 28th if planning to attend —

Click here to download the flyer for the orientation

Girl Talk Program Facilitator Description revised

Girl Talk Program Facilitator Description revised (WORD version)