August 15 , 2016

Girls Empowerment: You want to keep them safe? Then start telling.

You have a daughter. You are someone’s daughter.  You love someone’s daughter.  

You feel proud, confident, lost, angry, optimistic, terrified, and inspired by the world our girls are growing up in today.

You want her to be safe.  You want her to be happy.  You want her to believe in herself.  You want her to make a difference.

Well, then, it's time to start telling.

When our friends at Kidpower teach kids about the difference between "tattling" and "telling," they define the terms this way:

"Tattling is when you are telling because you feel bored or annoyed and want to get another kid in trouble.
Telling to get help can make everyone safer."

Telling is the power we all have to share our stories and experiences with others for the sake of connection.  Telling becomes an even greater super power when we take on the role of ally and tell our stories to honor, protect, and spotlight those more vulnerable than ourselves.  On Sunday, September 25, we invite you to join us in doing just that.


Telling: A Celebration of Girlhood is a performance event for the whole family where bold and brave tellers from our community will take on the important work of girls empowerment by sharing their real-life stories live on stage for you and your family.  Confirmed tellers currently include:

  • Aya de Leon - Novelist, Poet, Professor, UC Berkeley
  • Betty Ray - Director of Programming + Innovation, Edutopia
  • Allison Kenny - Author & Blogger,

I will be the emcee where I will keep the fun rolling as well as tell you ways to get more involved with this what we are doing at Spotlight: Girls.

Telling is produced in collaboration with International Child Protection Advocacy Month, a global movement led by Kidpower, dedicated to supporting adult leaders in keeping kids safe.  Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Executive Director and Founder, will be in attendance to let us know what we need to do to make sure all of kids have just what they need to stay safe.

Live music will be provided by our House Band whose members include The KTO Project,The Singing Lizard and Alphabet Rockers.  

Telling will take place in Berkeley at the Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Avenue) from 11am-1pm.  

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