Advocacy & Research 

Alliance for Girls (AFG) advocates for greater legislative and foundation support for the effective and dramatic work performed by girl-serving agencies by speaking with a unified voice for collective action.


As an Alliance, we represent a strong and effective community of girls’ advocates across the San Francisco Bay Area. This gives AFG and our members a seat at many tables and invitations to speak at high-profile events otherwise reserved for large, national organizations.

  • In 2015, AFG was one of three in the nation to be awarded the National Girls Initiative Innovation Awards from the US Department of Justice. This award is funding an initiative led by AFG and its membership to partner with Oakland Unified School District to craft and implement new policies that will ensure that the school system is appropriately and effectively meeting girls' unique needs.
  • AFG presents to local financial planning and family law firms regarding the girls’ service landscape and available services for girls in the Bay Area.
  • AFG presents at local policy-making tables on girls needs, including the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, the San Francisco Democratic Women In Action, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Women Intercultural Network’s steering committee on the US women and girls platform for the 4th World Conference on Women.

Budget Advocacy

Alliance for Girls advocates for equal access and equal opportunity for girls, specifically in regards to public funding.  Examples of advocacy services include:

  • Advocating for ongoing funding and resources to girls’ services across sectors and working with agencies such as the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF) to prioritize the needs of girls and women
  • Successfully advocating for “gender-responsive and culturally competent services,” and “services to address the needs of girls and LGBTQQ youth,” to be included in the San Francisco children’s amendment, which sets aside approximately $50 million annually for youth services. Gender and girls have never before been mentioned in the children’s amendment language.
  • Successfully advocated for $340,000 to be restored to girls’ services when their funding was cut by DCYF


To support our advocacy efforts, AFG also engages in the following research activities:

  • Producing original reports on the lived experiences of girls in the Bay Area, including Valuing Girls' Voices: The Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland Unified School District, a report AFG commissioned Bright Research Group to put together

  • Making relevant research easily available on our resource page, including county-specific fact sheets on girls’ needs
  • Aggregating and collating data on Bay Area girls
  • Launched the first ever survey to identify and codify the Bay Area girl-serving sector, including quantifying the economic impact of the girl-service sector, identifying gaps in service for girls, defining gender-responsive services for girls’ programs and determining girls’ programs greatest needs
Member Feedback

92% of 2014 conference attendees reported that AFG's original research on the girls' service landscape was useful to them.