Press - Alliance for Girls in the News

Alliance for Girls Helps Bay Area Girls Realize Their Full Potential
Sunday, March 25, 2018
- Founding Executive Director Emma Mayerson and student leader Gaby Battle talk to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about Alliance for Girls and how they have been working to help thousands of girls in the Bay Area realize their full potential.

#MeTooK12 hashtag combats sexual harassment in schools
Friday, February 9, 2018
- District Administration Magazine published an article that lifts the issue of sexual violence and #MeToo as it affects young women in schools, and spotlights Alliance for Girls' initiative in Oakland Unified School District as a model for the nation.

Oakland girls shine spotlight on sexual harassment and school board revamps its policy
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Education Votes spoke with Alliance for Girls Executive Director Emma Mayerson as well as members of the Girls Leadership Team to discuss sexual harassment at Oakland public schools and how it affects girls, particularly girls of color. This led to the passing of the District's new sexual harassment policy, which includes designating a point person in each school to handle sexual harassment and assault complaints (as opposed to one person for the entire district).

New policy on addressing sexual harassment / Nueva política frente a denuncias de acoso sexual
Friday, August 11, 2017
- Telemundo 48 reported on Oakland Unified School District's new sexual harassment policy that passed unanimously in June, interviewing Andrea Zamora, student at OUSD, and Emma Mayerson, Executive Director of Alliance for Girls.

Students Drive New Policies As K-12 Sexual Assault Investigations Rise
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Heard on All Things Considered/NPR, produced by Youth Radio. Since 2014, sexual assault investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are up nearly 500 percent in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. Youth Radio's Charlie Stuip attended Oakland Unified School District's school board vote with Andrea Zamora, 17, a rising high school senior who helped develop the new policy with local nonprofit Alliance for Girls and its member organizations.

Alliance for Girls & Teens Develop New Sexual Harassment Policy for Oakland Schools
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
- CBS/KPIX 5 reported on the progress of a new student-driven sexual harassment policy that was presented to the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) School Board on May 24th. The new policy proposes major changes to OUSD's existing sexual harassment policy by taking a victim-centered approach, including having the district provide support to the victim through the entire process and getting rid of language that suggests that a victim may be penalized for reporting sexual harassment.

KCBS Radio also aired several clips about the new policy, interviewing student Mikaela Galvis-Venegas of Street Academy, alumna Kiah Killens of MetWest High School and Alliance for Girls Executive Director Emma Mayerson. Clips below:

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Female Students Helping Shape New Sexual Harassment Policy in Oakland
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
- ABC7News reported on the progress of a new student-driven sexual harassment policy that is being reviewed by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) School Board. The new policy was co-developed by Alliance for Girls, students and OUSD, and would be a groundbreaking policy that is victim-centered and aims to change the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in schools. (Full article here.)

Beyond Anger—Working Together to End “Colonial Day”, Slap @ss Fridays, and Colonial Mentalities in Oakland
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
- The blog, Great School Voices, wrote about Alliance for Girls' Valuing Girls' Voices report and its community and student-led work to address the challenges young women face in Oakland schools, starting with the modification of Oakland Unified School District's sexual harassment policy. The new sexual harassment policy is responsive to victims and clarifies the role of the school in identifying the nature and harm of sexual harassment. (Full post here.)

Patient Philanthropy: How a Small Foundation Got Big Results
April 26, 2017
- Alliance for Girls' beginnings was featured in an article in the Nonprofit Quarterly. Writer Mark Gunther, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Eva Gunther Foundation, discusses how their personal philanthropic approach yielded big results with a limited grants budget.

Women's March Organizers Look Ahead to Next Steps
January 23, 2017 - Emma Mayerson, Executive Director of Alliance for Girls, spoke with Jessica Flores on CBS's Channel 5/KPIX about what's next after the Women's March. (Full article here.)

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County unveils Fund for Women and Girls with big gift
November 11, 2016 - Community Foundation Santa Cruz County celebrated the launch of the Fund for Women and Girls at the Watsonville Civic Center, with more than 100 supporters in attendance. Guest speaker Emma Mayerson, a 2010 honors grad from Tufts University who founded the Alliance for Girls in 2012, talked about solving problems like high absenteeism in Oakland schools and working with school district officials to draft a new policy on sexual harassment. (Full article here.)


Valuing Girls Voices Report featured on KBCS Radio
October 26, 2016 - KCBS Radio's Jeff Bell reports on Alliance for Girls' Valuing Girls Voices report, with clips from his conversation with AFG Executive Director Emma Mayerson. (Clip here.)

International Day of the Girl
October 11, 2016 - KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports from San Francisco's Mission District, discussing the United Nation's annual International Day of the Girl campaign and talks to Alliance for Girls Executive Director Emma Mayerson about a few of the issues girls face in the United States. (Clip here.)

Study Promotes Equity for Girls of Color in OUSD
October 7, 2016 - The Post News Group reported on Alliance for Girls' report, Valuing Girls Voices: The Lived Experiences Of Girls Of Color In Oakland Unified School District, which amplifies the voices of girls of color attending OUSD schools. The report is bolstering the work of OUSD's Office of Equity and its new African American Girls and Young Women Achievement Initiative. (Full article here.)

Invisible Girls in Oakland
September 28, 2016
- The blog, Great School Voices, wrote about key findings of Alliance for Girls' report, Valuing Girls Voices: The Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland Unified School District. While some general issues emerged for all girls, the most challenging data and narratives came around the experiences of young Black women. (Full post here.)

New Alliance for Girls Study Provides Roadmap to Increase Equity for Girls of Color in Oakland Schools
September 27, 2016 - Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) issued a press release on the official release of Valuing Girls Voices: The Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland Unified School District, a landscape study that Alliance for Girls (AFG) commissioned Bright Research Group to conduct. The report details the lived experiences of girls of color, including African American, Latina, Native American and Asian / Pacific Islander girls. AFG and OUSD launched a partnership in 2015 to create policies, practices and programs that better respond to the needs of girls of color. (Full press release here.)

Abolition Radio: 057 Empowering Young Women's Lives
March 3, 2016 - Emma Mayerson, Executive Director of Alliance for Girls, was interviewed by Vanessa Russell, Founder and Executive Director of Love Never Fails (LNF), on LNF's podcast, Abolition Radio. Through the partnership of 100+ agencies and leaders that Alliance for Girls facilitates, young women can enrich and empower their lives with education, mentoring, the arts and finances. To help them feed in a positive way their passions so that they can turn their dreams to reality.

7 Organizations Get Awards for Programs for Girls in Juvenile Justice System
October 29, 2015 - Seven organizations will have a chance to further their efforts to help girls in or at risk of entering the justice system thanks to more than $650,000 in funding from the National Girls Initiative. Alliance for Girls was among the nonprofit alliances from across the country to be recognized by the initiative, a branch of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with its first Innovation Awards. (Full article here.)