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In 1992 the atmosphere in the Camden-Rockport area was the perfect place to nurture activism. Nationally, very dismaying research on the status of girls inAmerica was being released while locally, a group of middle and high school teachers were examining the culture that existed for girls in their schools and community. These women began a community grassroots project to address girls' choices around healthy relationships, body image, and educational and career aspirations: an annual conference for Camden area girls and young women. From this strong foundation, Mainely Girls was formed in 1996 to focus on girls' needs statewide and to promote women's leadership of behalf of girls throughout rural Maine.

Present Day

Today Mainely Girls is involved as the founder, consultant and supporter in many statewide programs for girls. Individuals, schools, legislative committes, government agencies and others turn to the organization for information, to explore ideas, and to promote opportunities for girls. Mainely Girls addresses issues of girls in rural areas by helping communities identify the specific needs of girls and young women in their areas and, in reposnse to those needs, organize programs to improve the environment in which their girls grow to maturity. It addresses girls' needs and the needs of those who work with and for girls through publications, conferences, research consulting, support groups and annual activities.


Mainely Girls vision for the future includes:

  • To contiue as a stimulus for direct action among those who work with and for girls.
  • To expand the organization so to provide better help and opportunities for young women.
  • To collaborate with many more organizations to form a strong statewide support network.