The School Girls Deserve

Schools Girls Deserve Now is the time to invest in the schools that young people of color want, need and deserve! The School Girls Deserve Report is the result of a participatory action research project (PAR) that was done in collaboration with girls, transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth of color in all five boroughs of New York City.

We held listening sessions with over 100 participants ages 9 – 24 from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. The report documents how girls and TGNC youth of color are pushed out of school, uplifts their visions for the schools that they want and deserve and has policy and practice recommendations that school stakeholders can partake in to create schools that are holistic, safe and affirming for girls and TGNC youth of color. Download resources here or Learn More.

The State of Black Girls 2021

In a time of unfathomable crisis, when young people have been living through a worldwide pandemic, uprisings for racial justice, and drastic budget cuts, it is imperative that New York State take up the charge to meet the needs of youth of color, especially Black cisgender & transgender girls. GGE’s 2021 State of Black Girls Report raises critical issues including the need for educational equity, ending criminalization and gender-based violence, and the end of sexist and racist labels like “incorrigible.”

Police-Free Schools

As nationwide momentum propels us forward, now is the time to dream our biggest and most extravagant dreams of freedom and liberation along with all our people and our schools. For us at GGE, that meant thinking through practical ways students, educators, and administrators could work to end policing in schools. The below toolkit is a compilation of tips, templates and resources to assist you in creatively reimagining and building strategies to sustain a Police-Free School. It is our hope that this toolkit provides you with context and language to actively participate in the work to address the systemic racism our young people are subject to on a daily basis due to the presence of police in their schools.

Policy Briefs

At GGE we are committed to using all the tools at our disposal to alleviate the systemic barriers affecting young people, especially cisgender and transgender girls and non-binary youth of color.  A key tool in our strategy is the use of research, data, and policy analysis to help shape legislative solutions.  The School Girls Deserve is one of our foundational documents, it shapes the direction of our policy work.  Check out some of our more recent work on school pushout, discipline disparities, school policing, dress codes, and more…