By Tuuli Mäkinen
The mission of Girl Be Heard, based in Brooklyn, NY, is to develop, amplify and celebrate the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. The philosophy of the organization is that if a girl can change her own life, she can change the lives of girls everywhere. Girl Be Heard believes in a world where every girl is valued and encouraged to be a leader and a change maker.
Girl Be Heard runs both afterschool and weekend education programs in underserved areas of New York City, where the theatrical work of the girls is generated. Girl Be Heard is positioned to engage at-risk youth and open up dialogue about social justice issues affecting the communities – from gun violence to sex trafficking.
Internationally, GBH Across Borders continues to partner with international allies and activists to foster solidarity between communities of girls all over the world and spotlight global issues girls face.
Central to their work is the exploration of voice, movement, spoken word and song, the help build self-esteem and grow individual talents and to encourage leadership in their communities. Girl Be Heard produces 5 shows a year. On April 11, we offer a chance to support both Kota and GBH at the same time – join us!