GIRLS TALK BACK
Tackling the Issue
Girls Talk Back, the leadership program for girls 14-18 years old and sponsored in collaboration with AAUW Honolulu Branch, Women’s Fund of Hawaii and Ceeds of Peace, has completed 5 Cohorts since its inception in the summer of 2019. Each Cohort had up to 15 girls in the program, and each girl completed an action plan, addressing an issue within the community.
We're excited to announce another summer of Girls Talk Back cohorts. Registration for our 4th Annual Girls Talk Back Program is now open. Weʻre inviting all girls, statewide, ages 14-18 who have aspirations to build peace, to organize community, to fight injustice, and to take a stand to change the world.
Our FREE summer 2022 program will consist of two separate cohorts. Cohort 1 will be fully virtual and cohort 2 will be in-person at Susannah Wesley Community Center in Kalihi (Oʻahu). Applicants may only participate in one cohort:
Cohort 1 (virtual): June 6 - July 1, M-Th, 9-11am
Cohort 2 (in-person): July 6 - July 29, MWF, 9am-noon
Application for Summer 2022 cohorts open now!
Apply by May 15th, 2022.
Meet The Team
Hope Bennett, Mentor
Loretta Chen, Mentor
Lauren Kaupp, Mentor
CEEDS OF PEACE
Scott is a father, husband, and bedtime storyteller living in Kaimuki. He’s also the Executive Director for Ceeds of Peace, a local non-profit devoted to raising peacebuilding leaders. As the father to his daughter, Elle, he has a deep personal responsibility pushing him to bring his community and the world closer to this goal of peace, as distant as it may sometimes seem.
LEELA BILMES GOLDSTEIN, PHD
WOMEN'S FUND OF HAWAII
Leela is one of the Girls Talk Back founders and is the Director of Advancement Services at Punahou School. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, a grantmaking foundation dedicated to supporting women and girls statewide, for seven years. Leela is the board chair of Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice, a trustee of Abilities Unlimited Hawai‘i, and a board member of the Women’s Funding Network. She was honored to be named one of Pacific Business News’ 2018 Women Who Mean Business and the USA TODAY Women of the Year Hawai‘i honoree in 2022.