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Thank you for your interest in participating in the GirlsBuild Challenge. GirlsBuild is an initiative of LA Promise Fund that empowers teams of young women in middle and high school to identify the issues that they see as most significant in their community, and take actions to address them.

This application is a chance to share why this team of students should participate in GirlsBuild. It is also a chance to showcase what the team plans to translate into a dynamic project - don’t be afraid to show some personality and be creative! There is additional guidance in the application and on our website.


1. Team of Girls

  • All students need to be from the same public school (ask if you need an exception)
  • At least 6 female or students who identify as female in 6th through 12th grade
  • A common vision to create a sustainable project with lasting community impact
  • Students who have participated in a Girls Build challenge in the past are welcome to join again


2. Site Coordinator (teacher and/or admin at the school) who is the main point of contact for LA Promise Fund. This person is expected to work the entire school year and will receive a $1200 stipend. It is possible to split the stipend and have two coordinators.
Site Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Recruit students/team members
  • Find time and space (if in-person instruction resumes) to hold meetings with the team
  • Coordinate and lead logistics/planning from the school side
  • Be the liaison between the school and LA Promise Fund
  • Manage and facilitate spending of the budget

The project must have a clear idea of the issue you want to address, and why it is important. The issue must address one of the key impact areas below:

  1. Civic Engagement 
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Education: STEM & College Access

 All successful projects actively incorporate elements of civic engagement either through service, representation, or advocacy. Check here to learn more

 4. Introduction Video OR Slideshow

  • In no longer than 3 minutes, submit a video introducing the school, the team and an overview of your project idea.
  • OR, submit a slideshow doing the same thing. We highly recommend using Google Slides. 
  • Turn in through a YouTube or Google Drive link (instructions inside the application).

  If Selected to be a GirlsBuild Funded Team:

  • Teams will need access to a computer and the Internet during the year, especially during virtual instruction. As a key component of the project, teams will build a website, social media campaign and videos to execute a virtual advocacy campaign and create a digital footprint of the project (we will supply training, tutorials, and resources to make this happen, no prior experience necessary).
  • Each participating team will receive $1000 to design and implement a solution addressing an important challenge you have identified.
  • Teams and their site coordinators must comply with project deadlines (see below).


  • October 15, 2020
               Application opens. 
  • November 5, 2020
                Application closes at 11:59PM PST
  • November 9, 2020
                  Invitations to selected teams for the GirlsBuild Challenge sent
  • November 20, 2020
                  Site Coordinators turn in forms
  • December - January 2020
                  Host Team Retreats and plan project
  • December 13, 2020
                 Turn in links to social media and website that outlines your project 
  • January 2021 - April 2021
                 Project execution
  • May 2, 2021
                 Turn in final website and project submission for review by 11:59 PM PST 
  • Late May 2021 (TBA)            
                 Virtual Awards and Celebration

 For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please go to http://www.girls-build.org

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