Girl Be Heard (GBH) develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women, transgender youth and gender non-conforming youth through socially conscious theatre-making.
“It’s turned my voice from a whisper to a roar”
-Halle GBH Artist/Activist
Creating a world for girls, young women, transgender youth and gender non-conforming youth to find their strength, realize their potential, rise above the worlds circumstances, and most of all society’s expectations of them.
Using theater as a vehicle, our youth become brave, socially conscious leaders and confidently explore their own challenges.
Incorporated in 2011, GBH directly serves over 200 new participants a year through year-long after-school programs and community-based weekend workshops. Thousands more are reached through community performances, digital activism, and workshops in schools and public venues across NYC.
Learn about our 4 program areas!
GBH promotes racial, gender, and economic empowerment.
We use a unique social justice education and mentoring program that tackles the obstacles they face and provides strategies to overcome them.
Building self-esteem and growing individual talents is how we empower young people to become leaders and activists in their communities.
GBH expands its theatre company each year through community-based programming in Manhattan and the Bronx. These groups meets weekly during the school year to develop as ensemble members and emerging artists.
Birthed in partnership with the U.S. State Department (through the Embassy in Port of Spain) and 2 Cents Movement, Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago empowers teenage girls through theatre-making, spoken word, and song.
Girl Be Heard uses theater to lead young girls to find their strength and realize their potential by helping them express their anger, fears, hopes, and dreams so that they can channel those emotions into maturity and empowerment.
girl be heard is needed
Being a girl is risky business...
There is a lack of services providing girls and trans/gender non-conforming youth with the specific support they need to flourish creatively, socially, and professionally.
These statistics demonstrate that on top of the obstacles youth already face (including teen pregnancy, sexual violence, bullying, and negative body image), our youth also navigate the complex intersection of race, class, and gender inequality—all during their most formative years.
A FEAR OF SPEAKING OUT FEEDS THE CYCLE OF MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS.
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